Teeth Whitening MethodsWritten by RJ on January 9th, 2009
If you’re looking for teeth whitening methods you have a number of options to choose from. Each method varies in its level of whitening and its cost. It is your best bet to look closely at each option before choosing one. Keep in mind also that sometimes a couple or few methods can work well in combination. The most common teeth whitening methods are explained briefly below.
Brush-on Teeth Whitening
Treatment requires user to spread whitening formula on their teeth and leave it on for a length of time. This treatment is usually applied at night and its level of success varies.
Teeth Whitening Gel & Trays
A custom made mouth tray is filled will bleaching gel and worn for a short time (1-2 hours) everyday during treatment. Results are seen gradually but usually do occur.
Teeth Whitening Strips
Store bought whitening strips are applied to upper and lower teeth and worn for up to and hour, 1-2 times a day for 7-14 days. This is a common method because it’s inexpensive and usually pretty successful.
Teeth Whitening Bleaching
Performed in a dentist’s office, this treatment uses a laser to activate a bleaching agent that is applied to the teeth. Expect quick results when using this method, though it is a bit expensive.
Teeth Whitening Toothpastes
This method isn’t very likely to whiten your teeth, but it will help keep them looking white after using another method. They are also a great way to keep your teeth clean, which can often help give them a whitened appearance.
Natural Teeth Whitening
Many home remedies can be harmful to your teeth. Common methods have been known to ruin tooth enamel, so research their effects carefully before beginning any sort of natural teeth whitening treatment. Nearly all teeth whitening treatments fall into one of the previous methods. There are different brands and products for each, but they can all be assigned to a category above. Which method is best is dependant on the person. Sometimes you may have to try more than one before you see results. It’s recommended that you consult your dentist before beginning any sort of teeth whitening treatment to ensure its safety and effectiveness.