Teeth Whitening Options
There are a few different ways to get your teeth whiter, and they vary greatly by cost and efficacy. Some treatments will yield pretty strong results and may last for months while others can have quite small results. The reasons your teeth become less white are varied. It is a combination of age, food and drink, and damage done to teeth. While avoiding foods like berries and drinks like coffee would help, it is still probable that teeth will lose their white color over time.
One option is to go to the dentist. As with all methods, there are a few pros and cons to this treatment. The dentist office can be quite time consuming. By the time you get to the office, wait, and then have the whitening, it can be well over an hour. Each session of the whitening can last twenty minutes, and you may have up to four sessions depending on the results. The sessions come one after the other, but that part alone would be over an hour. A dentist visit for a teeth whitening can be $300 or even more. Some offices will charge closer to $1000 depending on their location. The results will last for weeks, but another negative is that it is often quite painful. There can be very sharp, strong pains in the teeth that can last well into the next day. The dentist will use strong peroxide-based bleaching and if anything touches the gums it can also be very painful. The dentist will often give you a tray to take home with a lower dose of the bleach. That can be done on an as needed basis, or you will be given times to do that.
There is a similar bleaching method that can be done at home for a fraction of the price. Teeth whitening strips cost anywhere from $10 to $60. They can be bought over the counter. They use the same peroxide-based bleaching as the dentist, but it is in a much lower concentration. There are many pros to this method including the times people want to put them on. They only need to be used for 20-30 minutes at a time, and it can be done whenever is most convenient. They should be applied every day for 10-14 days depending on the brand.
If for some reason the treatment needs to be stopped, they are easy to remove at a moment’s notice. The results can also last months. As they still use the same type of bleach, it is important to be careful. Contact with the gums will be a painful experience. As the strips have not been tailor made, it is possible that they will not fit perfectly. As long as you watch that they do not come into contact with any soft tissue, you would be fine. Teeth whitening toothpaste is less effective as it only comes into contact with the teeth for a few minutes. The same can be said about teeth whitening mouthwashes. The huge advantage of strips is that they are a fraction of the cost, the treatments are not as long, as they can done anytime.
There are natural treatments involving oils that have really not be shown to have any results. Your two main options are treatments at a dentist office or teeth whitening strips at home. It just depends how much time and money you want to spend.