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The decision to have your teeth whitened can be a confusing one. There are several options out there when it comes to whitening treatments and we want to make sure you choose the one that’s best for your teeth. Here are some common whitening treatments:

Whitening toothpastes

Toothpastes, while inexpensive, will only whiten your teeth by one shade typically. The toothpaste only helps to remove surface stains on your teeth and does not contain a bleaching agent.

Over-the-counter whitening strips or gels

These are typically what you would find at your local drugstore or market. Gels are peroxide-based applied directly to the surface of your teeth with a small brush. Whitening strips on the other hand are thin, invisible strips that are coated with peroxide-gel. These strips usually are applied twice a day for 2 weeks. You should see results within a few days and expect them to last for about 4 months.

Tray-based whiteners

Tray-based whiteners can be purchased at your dentist’s office or over-the-counter and they involve filling a mouth guard tray with a whitening gel to be placed in your mouth for a few hours. The tray is worn for a few hours every day for a few weeks.

In-office (professional) whitening

This treatment and procedure is typically the most expensive but more effective in getting the results you are looking for. This whitening procedure typically involves your dentist applying a bleaching solution directly to your teeth, where they may use a laser to speed up the process. You can expect to have immediate results after the procedure.

If you are considering whitening your teeth in the future, please give our office a call at 757-716-7943 where we are happy to answer your questions and help in your decision.