Whitening toothpaste is a popular option for people wishing to remove minor stains from their teeth or to simply give their smile a brighter look. This type of toothpaste usually uses mildly abrasive ingredients, such as baking soda, to gently remove stains from the tooth surfaces. Others have peroxide, which is the same ingredient used in professional whitening treatment. Peroxide bleaches the tooth surfaces, and is also a major ingredient in over-the-counter whiteners.
Use the toothpaste regularly for the best possible results. However, if your teeth are severely stained, toothpaste might not give you the results you want. In this case, you should talk to our prosthodontist about professional teeth whitening.
Whitening from Your Dentist
The most effective approach to whitening treatment is that provided by your dentist. Cosmetic dentists usually offer whitening services that can be performed in the dentist’s office or at home, depending upon your specific needs.
Treatment in the dentist’s office takes about an hour and can lighten your teeth as much as ten shades. Your cosmetic dentist paints a whitening agent onto the surfaces of your teeth, then allows it to sit and do its work for about twenty minutes. Some whitening agents must be activated with a special light. The whitener is removed and re-applied twice more to complete the treatment. Results are visible as soon as you leave the office, but will become more obvious over the next several days. Your teeth will look much whiter, and you can be proud of your smile again.
To pursue a brighter smile, contact our office and friendly team of specialists and schedule an appointment or consultation today!