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Teeth Whitening

Just about everyone desires a shiny, white smile, luckily there are three major teeth whitening options available today. Each option relies on varying concentrations of peroxide and varying application times.

In-Office Whitening
Significant color change in a short amount of time is the main benefit of in-office whitening. A controlled amount of high-concentration peroxide gel is applied to the teeth by the dentist after the gums have been protected with a rubber dam. The gel is then left to sit for 15-20 minutes. A take-home kit may be sent with the patient to handle the more persistent stains.

Professionally Dispensed Take-Home Whitening Kits
Take-home kits can produce the best results over the long haul. Take-home kits include a lower concentration peroxide gel that remains on teeth for an hour or sometimes overnight. The gel is applied to the teeth using custom-made bleaching trays that look like mouth guards.

Over-the-Counter Whitening
Over the counter whitening kits feature a bleaching gel with concentration lower than the professionally dispensed take-home whiteners. The gel is applied to the teeth with one size fits all trays, whitening strips, or paint on applicators. In many instances this may only whiten a few of the front teeth unlike the custom trays that can whiten the entire smile.

To maintain your whiter smile, dentists recommend at home follow up or maintenance whitening. Avoid dark-colored foods and beverages for at least a week after whitening, sip dark-colored beverages with a straw, and practice excellent oral hygiene.