Over-the-Counter vs Professional Teeth Whitening Options - solidSMILES

Over-the-Counter or Professional Teeth Whitening Options

 

Are you interested in whitening your teeth but feel overwhelmed by all the options available?  That’s understandable, since it seems like everywhere you look in Lewisville or Coppell, there’s one product after another offering you a brighter smile.

You may be wondering if over-the-counter products really work, or if you would be better off going seeing a cosmetic dentist in DFW for a professional whitening treatment.

Over-the-Counter Bleaching Options in Dallas

To keep you from looking lost when you’re in the oral care aisle of the pharmacy, we’ll break down the options for you here:

Whitening Toothpaste

The bleaching ingredient found in whitening toothpaste is minimal, so you won’t see dramatic results by going this route. However, if you just need to brighten your smile a bit or keep it bright after whitening, then this is a great product to buy. Toothpaste can also be a good option for people with sensitive teeth or who drink a lot of coffee.

Whitening Strips

There are a variety of bleaching strips available over-the-counter, some of which actually work pretty well. To compare products, look at the percentage of the active whitening ingredient. Another thing to look for is if the strips are dissolvable or if you’re going to have to remove them after use. Dissolvable ones are less messy. Also, check to see how long the strips need to be worn and how often.

Coppell Professional Teeth Whitening Options

For the most effective whitening results, you’ll want to see a professional and choose a more concentrated bleaching treatment.

At-Home Professional Whitening

You read that right, there’s a whitening option available that’s both professional-quality and can be used in the convenience of your own home. The process will begin with you coming into the office and having us take some impressions of your teeth. Having an exact replica allows us to make you bleaching trays that will custom fit your mouth. When the trays are ready for you to pick up, you’ll return to the office to try them in and we’ll show you how to use the bleaching solution.

Generally speaking, after brushing your teeth you’ll place some whitening gel in your trays and then place them in your mouth. After a 30-60 minutes, you’ll remove the trays and clean up. Whiter teeth are typically seen in just a few days, with optimal results in about 2 weeks.

In-Office (Same Day) Professional Whitening Treatment

If you prefer not to do your own bleaching at home or you need immediate results, then you may want to look into our in-office whitening treatments.

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During this procedure, we’ll isolate your teeth and place a bleaching gel over them that’s activated by a special light for 15 minutes at a time. We typically rinse and re-apply the gel three more times, or until we see the desired results. The entire process takes about an hour to an hour and a half. Once you leave our cosmetic dentist’s office, your teeth will be several shades brighter.

Which Treatment Is Right for You?

To learn more about teeth whitening and other cosmetic dentistry options, visit Dr. Hiral Patel of Solid Smiles.  We’re conveniently located for easy access in Lewisville, Coppell, and northern DFW. Call today for an appointment! 

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This article was written by Dr. Hiral Patel DDS

Published: 09/4/19 2:26 PM