There are so many different types of professional and over the counter teeth whitening products out on the market today. People often ask us what the best products are or what we would recommend for them. There are several products to choose from including whitening toothpaste, floss, mouth rinse, white strips, trays and more. Here are the benefits of each and how to make a decision on what to buy.
The Best Options for Teeth Whitening
First off, know that restorative work does not whiten on teeth. What does that mean? If you have had bonding, fillings, crowns or veneers they will not whiten. It’s most important of course on the teeth you see when you smile and want whiter. We aren’t too concerned about a filling you had in the groove of your molar in the way back. Next, some people may have developmental defects on the teeth that prevent them from getting their desired whitening result. This is why it is important to see your Dublin, Ohio dentist before you invest a lot of money in a product and are later disappointed in your results.
A daily use of whitening toothpaste, floss or mouth rinse is good for surface stains from foods and drinks you may consume. Drinks like coffee, tea, dark soda and red wine will definitely lead to more surface stains that can accumulate over time between your routine cleanings at your dental office. Whitening toothpaste, floss, and rinses can help reduce those but won’t necessarily brighten you up from your natural shade. It is great to use in addition/after a professional whitening though to maintain your results. Some of our favorite whitening toothpastes are Colgate Optic White and Crest 3D Brilliance, however, there are so many to choose from and everyone has their personal preference.
Our Teeth Whitening Options
Any professional product you buy directly from your dental office is going to give you better results than something you buy over the counter because the percentages are higher of the whitening ingredient. Our Dental Reflections office currently offers 4 different whitening options.
Opalescence GO trays are our least expensive option. This is great for someone who has never whitened before and wants to try something basic to see what results they can get. We have had good feedback and they are great for gifting as well. The kit comes with 10 sets of trays (upper and lower) that you wear for 30-60 minutes a day. Little to no sensitivity has been reported with the Go trays.
Custom Whitening Trays
Another product we offer is custom tray whitening. This involves taking an impression of the teeth and creating custom trays that fit just your teeth that you dispense gel from a syringe and whiten at home. This is a great option because you can keep your trays and just buy refill syringes to whiten whenever needed.
Our newest option we are offering is Glo Whitening. This is our top recommendation at the time because of the feedback we have received from our patients. Each kit comes with a conditioning lip treatment, a mouthpiece with a cord connected to a light and 10 vials of whitening. Each vial has a built-in brush that you apply the gel to your teeth with and is enough for 4 sessions. You then put the mouthpiece in and turn on the light to whiten for 8 minutes each session. Four sessions are recommended per day for 5-8 days initially. This is dependent upon your desired whitening results. There is enough whitening gel to whiten for 10 days. No sensitivity has been reported with this option.
Our last option is in-office whitening which is a 2-hour procedure. Where several applications of whitening gel are applied to the teeth and left to process over the time frame. This is a good option for someone who knows they won’t be compliant at home. This is not a great option for people with sensitivity and has been known to increase sensitivity in general, so we don’t always recommend this option.
If you notice sensitivity while whitening, discontinue immediately to prevent it from worsening. Using a product with Potassium Nitrate like Sensodyne toothpaste can help with sensitivity from whitening. Check the active ingredients on your product to look for that specific name.
Whether you have a wedding coming up, a family reunion, family photos, an important interview or just want to feel more confident about your smile, we are sure to have a product that is best for YOU. Call us today to schedule a consultation to discuss your options so that we can keep you reflecting your best here at Dental Reflections Dublin.