How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
There are two methods of teeth whitening: at-home whitening and dentist-supervised whitening.
At-home whitening solutions are over-the-counter products that can be purchased at most supermarkets and pharmacies. These solutions whiten the teeth through the use of carbamide or hydrogen peroxides in concentrations up to 20%.
Whitening treatments supervised by a trained dental professional are more complicated in that they can whiten teeth through the use of carbamide or hydrogen peroxides in concentrations up to 40%, and the use of a high-intensity light to expedite the process.
Whether you decide to try teeth whitening at home or at Dean Dental Solutions, the underlying chemical process will always be the same—the peroxides penetrate the enamel of your tooth to break up the underlying stain. Although the peroxide agents will not eliminate the stain entirely, it will reduce its concentration leaving you with a brighter, whiter smile.
What Are Teeth Whitening Products Made Of?
As previously mentioned, all teeth whitening products use a peroxide—typically carbamide or hydrogen peroxide—as the active ingredient that penetrates the enamel of the tooth to eat away at the foreign compounds responsible for the stains.
What Do Teeth Look Like After Teeth Whitening?
Naturally, teeth look brighter and whiter after any whitening procedure—especially a whitening procedure under the supervision of a dentist (click here to view before and after photos from real patients of Dean Dental Solutions).
However, it is important to note that depending upon the color of the stains (yellow, brown, grey, etc.), and the type of treatment used, results of your whitening procedure will vary.
Why Do People Get Their Teeth Whitened?
Teeth whitening is perhaps the most popular dental cosmetic procedure in the United States (thousands of people type “how to make teeth whiter” into Google every day!), and people have their teeth whitened for a variety of reasons. Some of the more common reasons for undergoing a teeth whitening treatment are:
Improving self-esteem and confidence
Enhancing physical attractiveness
Professional or career advancement
Achieving a more youthful appearance
Preparation for camera-laden occasions (weddings, graduations, notable birthdays, etc.)
How Long Will Teeth Whitening Treatment Last?
The results from any teeth whitening treatment are not permanent, but a treatment supervised by a trained dental professional will last longer. Depending upon your lifestyle and the frequency of your exposure to certain staining substances (cigarettes, coffee, red wine, etc.), the effects of your whitening procedure should last between two and twelve months.
How Much Does it Cost to Get Your Teeth Whitened?
The cost of a professional teeth whitening procedure varies, but most dental whitening services won’t exceed $1000.
How Long Does it Take to Get Your Teeth Whitened?
If you decide to use an at-home treatment, it could take several weeks to whiten your teeth.
If you decide to do a whitening treatment with the team at Dean Dental Solutions, your teeth can be whitened in as little as an hour.
Is Teeth Whitening Safe?
Absolutely. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a number of teeth whitening treatments for use in dental offices and for sale over-the-counter. If you are worried about the safety of teeth whitening, it’s best to get your teeth whitened under the supervision of a dentist, where there’s a far lower chance of over-exposing your teeth to peroxide and damaging the enamel.
Who Should Have Their Teeth Whitened?
Anyone who has ever asked the question “how to make your teeth whiter” or anyone who wants a brighter, whiter, more beautiful smile, should have their teeth whitened. Men and women of all ages and from all walks of life come to Dean Dental Solutions to have their teeth whitened on a regular basis.
What Is the Best Teeth Whitening Method?
At Dean Dental Solutions, we recommend the Opalescence Teeth Whitening System, and their line of products, especially:
Opalescence Go™ prefilled whitening trays pair professional strength teeth whitening with unrivaled convenience…
With whitening trays hand sculpted to fit your smile, Opalescence™ PF take-home whitening offers a customized professiona…
What Is Opalescence Go?
Opalescence Go is a teeth whitening system that consists of pre-filled, disposable trays that can be taken anywhere—in other words, Opalescence Go makes on-the-go teeth whitening easy. Using Opalescence Go, you should have a brighter, whiter smile in as little as five to ten days.
What Is Opalescence PF?
Opalescence PF is a take home whitening option. It includes a set of trays and a whitening gel that the patient will load into the trays for daily use. Like Opalescence Go, several flavors are available. The trays used in Opalescence PF are custom-made, ensuring that all teeth are whitened fully and effectively.
What About Teeth Whitening Strips?
Most of the over-the-counter teeth whitening strips available through your local pharmacy are limited in what they can do for your smile. For that reason, Dean Dental Solutions only recommends a carefully selected teeth whitening strip—Sheer White! Sheer White! whitening strips are easy to apply, adhere to teeth with ease, and don’t leak while they’re being worn.
As far as dental strips go, they’re the most comfortable whitening strips on the market, and can be worn for up to two hours at a time. Used properly and regularly, Sheer White! whitening strips will leave you with a brighter, whiter smile in just a few weeks.