These days you can find teeth whitening products anywhere, even at your local supermarket. Teeth whitening is a fast and easy way to improve the appearance of your smile, and is becoming ever more popular among adults of all ages. And with the ability to do it yourself at home for as little as five dollars, why not?
There is an important distinction to make, however, when talking about teeth whitening. Most people automatically imagine their teeth becoming whiter, just as the term says. However, any product that removes food and other debris particles from your teeth could be considered “whitening.” The actual act of making one’s teeth brighter is “teeth bleaching,” and the way to do that is more complicated.
For this, it is much better to visit a dental clinic. Dental clinics can offer a wide array of options. Take-home treatments are a short-term regimen of using dental products such as gels and whitening trays. The draw to this method is its flexibility – it can take as long as you and your dentist deem necessary. It is also something you can manage doing at home, like taking medicine on a regular basis.
Having your teeth bleached at your dental clinic is also an option. This is the most effective option, albeit the most expensive as well. However, your teeth are treated by a professional, taking away much of the risk, and gives you access to some of the best and latest technologies, such as laser whitening.
If you, like so many others, find yourself frustrated by the lack of progress made using store-bought whitening products, talk to your dentist about taking more direct action. She or he will be glad to discuss your options with you, as well as the costs and long-term risks and benefits of each option, and will help you choose which one is best for you.