There are many tooth whitening options to choose from and for many people this can be confusing. The first question patients ask is, “what is the best way to whiten teeth?’. The truth is that it depends on each individual case. Tooth whitening has become more popular than ever. It is now possible to whiten your teeth at home with over the counter products and professional office whitening can now be as quick as 45 minutes. The abundance of whitening options and similarity of many of the products can make it difficult to decide what the best tooth whitening option for your situation will be. If you believe you need serious whitening or if you would just like to learn more about your options you should schedule a free cosmetic consultation with a cosmetic dentist.
Of all your tooth whitening options professional whitening offers the fastest and most dramatic results. Yes, this option is more expensive but the results are also better and longer lasting than non professional systems. Professional tooth whitening systems like Zoom 2 are solely for use at a dental office. However, in recent years these systems have begun showing up in unanticipated places. There are now booths at your local malls that have professional whitening systems, the problem is that they are often not run by professionals. It is possible to over-whiten your teeth and if whitening is not done by a professional your results could be not what you expected.
There are even semi-professional tooth whitening options. Certain systems like Zoom-at-home use custom formed whitening trays that are made by your dentist. The whitening trays are worn overnight, generally for about 3 nights. The trays force the whitening gel into the teeth and can provide amazing results. In fact this system is often recommended when certain whitening problems arise, like tetracycline staining. If you have tooth stains that seem to be resistant to whitening you should talk with a cosmetic dentist about your options. In some cases it may not be possible to whiten the stains and you may have to consider other options like veneers or cosmetic bonding.
There are also plenty of tooth whitening options if you choose to use over the counter products. White strips are similar to professional home tooth whitening systems in that it forces the whitening gel into the teeth overnight. Whitening toothpastes are now everywhere but unfortunately this option is more for maintaining a white smile rather than making a smile significantly whiter. What option is best for you depends on what you want and what your smile looks like at the moment. Some tooth stains require professional whitening to get rid of and in other cases not even that can reduce the stains. Other cosmetic dentistry procedures like tooth bonding and veneers may need to be utilized to get the attractive smile you want.
If you would like to learn more about your tooth whitening options and would like to speak with an Atlanta cosmetic dentist, and would like to speak with our Atlanta dentist, feel free to give us a call. The Atlanta Dental Group PC has over 45 years combined experience serving Atlanta’s dental needs. Our dentists are dedicated to their patients’ good health and well being. You are welcome to join our family of patients. If you would like to schedule a dental consultation with one of our Atlanta dentist, Dr. Mark Allan Padolsky, call 404-874-7428 to make an appointment.