Teeth whitening has become a very popular procedure for people trying to achieve the best smile. Below are some options for the process.
Over-the-counter Whitening Products
Over the counter whitening products are the easiest to purchase and the most affordable. Commonly these come in the form of whitening strips or prefilled trays. These products work best when used often. Over-the-counter whitening products usually use hydrogen peroxide to break up staining compounds that have worked their way into the porous surface of your teeth. As these products are not custom made for your teeth, often they are messy and ill-fitting. Some of the sensitivity experienced during whitening comes from the whitening gel getting on your gums, these over the counter products often make this difficult to avoid.
If you are looking for an inexpensive way to whiten your teeth and you have the time, these products may work for you. They work best for people with heavily stained teeth or for quick touch ups after you have professionally whitened.
Custom Whitening Trays
Custom whitening trays are made by taking a mold of your teeth. At our Evanston dentist office we also add a reservoir/space for the whitening gel. This allows the gel to sit on your tooth surface and not squeeze out onto your gums. Each dental office provides different whitening gel to accompany the custom whitening trays. We have found Opalescence to work the best for our patients. This gel uses carbimide peroxide to remove the staining components from your teeth. The gel comes in several different strengths, but we usually recommend a 15% carbimide peroxide concentration to avoid experiencing tooth sensitivity.
This option has an initial expense that is more than the over the counter products, but the individual syringes of whitening gel are comparable in cost to the over-the-counter products. Our whitening trays work well to whiten your teeth no matter what level of stain you have. More importantly, they work very well for maintaining your white smile with less mess than the over the counter products.
Contact us now for more information on teeth whitening.