Various Teeth Whitening Options
Teeth whitening is one of the most popular treatments in cosmetic dentistry today. Teeth often become stained over time due to things we eat or drink or due to the effects of aging or medical treatments. Whitening can turn back the hands of time, allowing us to look younger and feel more confident.
Many different methods for tooth whitening exist today, but not all are equally effective. Whitening toothpastes and over-the-counter strip or tray treatments are popular, but they can take weeks or longer before noticeable results are achieved. These may all provide a certain degree of whitening by removing surface stains.
Office-based procedures tend to be more effective thanks to the ability to customize the treatment and the stronger whitening gels that are often used. Mouth trays obtained through our Los Angeles dentist are custom fit to your mouth’s contours to limit the bleaching gel’s contact with the soft tissues of your mouth and avoid irritation.
In-office bleaching can produce the fastest, most dramatic results. In-office whitening treatments, such as Zoom whitening, tend to use stronger bleach concentrations than those you can obtain over the counter, and they may be used in combination with a special activation light. It’s a costlier treatment, but the results are long lasting, and your teeth may be as much as eight shades brighter in under an hour.
Tooth whitening may not be appropriate for everyone. If you have dental crowns, dental bridges, or your teeth have become stained through the use of certain medications, you may need to consider another option, such as porcelain veneers, for improving the appearance of your teeth. If you’re interested in learning more about getting whiter, brighter teeth, talk to our Los Angeles cosmetic dentist today.