Teeth Whitening in Upper Arlington Ohio

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The Benefits of Whiter Teeth

Having a bright, white smile can help improve your self-confidence, give you a youthful appearance, and can even help you get ahead in the professional world.  Sparkling pearly whites can boost your confidence, giving you a reason to stop hiding behind your appearance and boldly move forward in life.  White teeth are also associated with a youthful appearance, so having a white smile can help preserve your youth.  Having a brilliant smile can also help give you a competitive edge in the professional world, as people naturally gravitate towards “attractive” people.  

Options for Tooth Whitening

There are many different options for tooth whitening, both over-the-counter and professional.  Some methods are more effective than others, and each one has its own period for optimum results.  

Whitening Toothpaste

One of the most common tooth whitening systems is the whitening toothpaste.  Whitening toothpastes contain hydrogen peroxide and other active ingredients such as mild abrasive that help remove stains on teeth over time.  However, they take much longer than other methods, as the ingredients are very gentle and you are only exposed to them for a short period of time.  

Whitening Strips and Gels

There are many whitening strips and gels on the market today that you can buy in nearly any grocery store.  Gels are a clear peroxide-based product that you paint on your teeth, while whitening strips are thin, nearly invisible peroxide-based strips that you apply to your teeth twice a day.  In both cases, results can be seen within a few days, and finish after about four months.

Whitening Gum

Whitening gum helps remove protein buildup on teeth and balance pH levels in the mouth.  It only helps remove the outer layer of stains, and doesn’t always work.  However, if you chew gum anyway, you can reap the benefits of whitening gum by doing what you do every day.   

Whitening Rinses

Whitening rinses are mouthwash-like products that contain hydrogen peroxide or other whitening agents to whiten teeth.   In order to use, you swish the rinse in your mouth for 60 seconds, twice a day.  There are Results can be seen in 12 weeks to see results, if not more. However, whitening rinses are not as effective as other methods due to the short contact time.

There are many options for tooth whitening, both over-the-counter and professional, but some methods are more effective than others.

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Whitening Trays

You can get both professional and over-the-counter whitening trays that can be used to whiten teeth.  You fill a mouth guard-like tray with the whitening solution, and wear it for a few hours or overnight.  Results normally take four to six weeks, depending on how discolored your teeth are to begin with.  

In-Office Whitening

In-office whitening is the most effective way to whiten teeth, but it also is the most expensive.  You can see results in as little as one one-hour session.  Whitening gel is applied directly to the teeth, or in a whitening tray, and used alongside heat, lasers, or other light sources to dramatically lighten teeth.  

Professional vs. Over-the-Counter

Professional teeth whitening has many advantages to over-the-counter methods.  It is safer, more effective, and custom fit to you and your smile.  Over-the-counter whitening systems come with a one size fits all approach (with ill-fitting and strips), that can cause gum irritation and more.  However, if you come into our office for professional whitening, Dr. Brewer will apply the whitening agent right to your teeth, as well as create a treatment plan specifically catered to you, minimizing discomfort.   The whitening agents in products used in our office is also much stronger than other over-the-counter methods (15 to 43% compared to 3%). 

Tooth Whitening for Sensitive Teeth

Tooth sensitivity and gum irritation are common side effects of tooth whitening, and they should subside within a few days.  However, it is very important to use whitening systems only as directed, as leaving it on too long can result in irritated gums or even a chemical burn.  If you have sensitive teeth, you may need to wear your trays for a shorter amount of time, take a break from your whitening system, brush your teeth with a toothpaste for sensitive teeth, or obtain a fluoride product from Dr. Brewer to help remineralize your teeth.  

A Caution

There are some individuals that should not seek to whiten their teeth, as it will not be successful, or even dangerous.  It is not recommended that those under 16 years of age, or who are pregnant or nursing should get their teeth whitened.  If you have gum or tooth sensitivity, receding gums, or other dental issues (such as worn enamel or gingivitis), you should consult your doctor before using a teeth whitening system.  Always check the ingredients list on any whitening system you use to ensure that you are not allergic to any of them.  Also, if you have tooth-colored fillings, crowns, bridges, veneers, etc., they will not whiten with whitening agents.  If you attempt to whiten your teeth on your own, the result will be uneven or splotchy.  

Schedule an Appointment

As always it isbest to talk with Dr. Brewer, your Upper Arlington Dentist, before attempting to whiten your teeth. Schedule an appointment with him and you can learn what may be the best option that will last long term, There may be better options, such as bonding or crowns that will not always give you a whiter smile, but make your teeth stronger.