Teeth that are discolored can make you look unhealthy and may make people think you are older than you are. There are many good teeth whitening options that are effective, although they are not all equally effective, and it’s important to select ones that are both effective and compatible with your lifestyle and whitening goals.
There are many over-the-counter (OTC) teeth whitening options. Research has shown that these tend to be modestly effective.
Teeth whitening toothpaste is probably one of the least-effective teeth whitening options, but it does work. Pick an ADA-accepted whitening toothpaste so you don’t get one with harsh abrasives that can harm teeth, and make sure you brush for the full 2 minutes recommended to make sure you get optimum results. This is a good option for maintaining teeth whitening results.
Whitening strips have been around for a few years. They contain some of the same chemicals used in dentist-prescribed whiteners, but at a much weaker strength, and, because they are exposed to your saliva, they tend to function for only a very short period of time. And if not placed correctly, they can lead to uneven whitening that may make your teeth look worse.
Whitening trays attempt to replicate the effects of take-home whitening used by dentists, but are limited in effectiveness because they have weaker whitening compounds. They also have the same problem as whitening strips–they might not fit well, resulting in uneven whitening.
OTC strips and trays can also lead to irritation of your gums because they don’t keep the whitening compound contained.
The best results for teeth whitening can be achieved using teeth whitening options available at a dentist’s office.
In-office whitening using Zoom! teeth whitening will give you significant whitening in less than an hour. We protect your gums from exposure to the whitening gel, which allows us to use the strongest whitening compounds available. This is your best option if you have a special occasion or event coming up soon and want whiter teeth quickly.
Take-home whitening trays made in our office will give you the best results possible for your teeth. We custom-craft the whitening trays, giving you the best fit for even whitening and minimizing gum irritation.
Porcelain veneers are a whitening option for people with teeth whose discoloration doesn’t respond to other whitening methods, especially when the discoloration is from inside the tooth (such as due to enamel problems or a dead tooth). Porcelain veneers can also help if you want to correct crooked, short, or chipped teeth.
To learn more about your teeth whitening options, please contact Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics today to schedule an appointment at our Spokane or Spokane Valley location.
Or office in Spokane is located at:
3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
Office phone # 509-532-1111