Having white teeth can be a challenge like keeping a child’s white sweater white. Stains are everywhere and it’s practically unavoidable to get a little coloration at some point or another. The rising popularity of teeth whitening has lead to many options in the cosmetic dental field and many more at-home approaches. Subsequently, with this rise in popularity, there has been a surge of risky whitening techniques that put oral health in jeopardy. Before we get to the literal nitty-gritty of whitening fads let’s examine the (3) most common professional whitening techniques.
CUSTOM WHITENING TRAYS
The most widely used whitening procedure is custom whitening trays created in a dentist’s office or by a dental professional. They’re called custom trays because the dental professional takes impressions of your teeth and creates trays that are custom fit to your smile. The customization doesn’t stop there. Customized trays allow you to whiten when it’s convenient for you. Whether it’s during your commute or while reading a book in bed, there’s nothing more schedule compatible than custom trays. Not only can you pick when to use the whitening application, but you can also choose the strength. The whitening gels come in a variety of concentrations. Some of the higher rated gels have been known to cause light sensitivity, but they’re constantly improving on the gel applications to minimize this effect. In addition, there’s “pre” and “post” whitening applications that work wonders on recalcifying teeth. Trays are also the most effective way to maintain a whiter smile because they can be routinely cleaned and reused.
- Convenience – Fits your schedule and your timeline
- Reusable – besides being Eco friendly, they also help with maintain whiteness with recurring stains
- Time – usually takes several days of application to see noticeable changes
For those who want instant results and want to avoid regular whitening routines, there’s laser whitening. By applying a gel application and activating it with a laser the teeth are lightened in the office. Patients are able to see much faster results than ever before with laser whitening. As you can imagine, the process is a little more detailed than stated above, and typically takes an hour of time in an office to receive (2) rounds of the laser. The laser whitening is a great option for events and scheduled photography sessions. When comparing to custom trays they provide more dramatic effects, but it’s a one time use compared to trays that you can use over and over.
- Quick – one appointment is roughly 60 minutes
- Effective – patients see a change in 2-4 shades on average
You need a niche solution for issues like white spots or dark spot stains. Microabrasion is the perfect solution for patients who have white spots from decalcification or other hindrances. The dental professional will use a gel-like application and a handpiece to buff out the marks on the teeth during treatment.
- Specialized – Take away white spots
- Specialized – Does not whiten all teeth at the same capacity as a laser
SAY NO TO CHARCOAL
The fad of using charcoal to whiten your teeth is alive and well. Unfortunately, this can be extremely detrimental to your tooth enamel. The abrasiveness of the charcoal rubs and breaks down the enamel. It’s best to seek the guidance of dental professional when doing whitening at home.
If you’ve read this far then you deserve a little secret tip from our office!
Maximize your whitening efforts by using MI paste, a dairy-based product, that adds calcium, phosphate, and fluoride back into the teeth. It can be used per instructions on the packaging before and after whitening. These minerals help rebuild the enamel of the tooth and act as an anticavity agent. This paste is also clinically used to help against sensitivity.