People these days understand that there is an alternative to living with dull, dingy teeth. Companies that make teeth whitening products spend millions promoting the latest teeth whitening toothpaste, strips, rinse, or bleaching method. It’s hard to know what the best way is to whiten your teeth. At Jane Clair Dental, we can help you make sense of all the choices and offer more professional teeth whitening services.
Why Have Your Teeth Whitened Professionally?
With all the whitening products on the market, you might wonder if there’s any point at all in going to your dentist for teeth whitening. For several reasons, your dentist can give you the most positive, safe and reliable teeth whitening you can get anywhere. Here are some of those reasons:
- Dentist supervises treatment
- Whitening done in a controlled environment
- Stronger products can be used in dental office
- Faster and more satisfying results
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Our premier teeth whitening service is done in our dental office. For this treatment, your dental hygienist starts by cleaning your teeth. Your dentist then inserts a rubber dam, which covers up and protects your gums. The dentist then paints teeth whitening gel onto your teeth. He or she may use a special light to activate the gel for quicker, more effective whitening. Finally, the dentist cleans off any residue from your teeth and repeats the process as needed. The resulting difference can be as much as 10 shades lighter than your teeth were originally.
Dentist-Supervised Home Whitening
You can have the benefit of your dentist’s teeth whitening expertise in a more economical way by choosing doctor-supervised home whitening. For this procedure, your dentist supplies you with a teeth whitening kit and gives you explicit instructions on how to use it at home. The kit usually contains teeth whitening solution and trays to hold the solution against your teeth. You put the whitening solution into the trays and fit the trays over your teeth. You leave the trays in for as long as the dentist has ordered. Your dentist is also available to answer questions if you have any difficulties with the process.
Other Teeth Whitening Options
You can also use teeth whitening products you buy over the counter. These products can have some effect, although they aren’t as effective as whitening with your dentist. Your dentist my recommend a teeth whitening toothpaste or rinse to keep your teeth white after in-office or dentist-supervised treatments. Be sure to follow the directions on the label or use as your dentist recommends. OTC teeth whitening products can help you keep your teeth whiter, but for maximum effect, it’s best to whiten them with the help of your dentist.