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When it Comes to Teeth Whitening, How Do You Choose?

When it Comes to Teeth Whitening, How Do You Choose?

woman with white teeth smiling

Whether it’s the holidays or summer, the topic of teeth whitening is always popular when it comes to our dental office.  Your smile is the first thing that most people notice about you, and everyone wants to feel happy and confident about their own set of pearly whites. 

Whitening Techniques For You

There are plenty of teeth whitening agents available on the market nowadays, but with so many choices, how do you know which one is the best option for you?  During this blog, you will learn about the three most popular whitening options so that you will be able to make the most informed decision when you decide to whiten your smile.

In Office Whitening

The Zoom teeth whitening system is a whitening process used throughout the country and internationally to lighten discoloration of tooth enamel and dentin.

The Zoom system is an in-office tooth whitening procedure that utilizes a 25 percent hydrogen peroxide gel combined with Zoom’s small but not significant amounts of UVB (ultra-violet) light.

Once the gel is applied to the teeth, the Zoom Advanced Power Chairside Lamp helps accelerate the bleaching process.  As the hydrogen peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin to bleach the stained substances, leaving the structure of the tooth unchanged.

Pro: Whitening results in less than 2 hours

Professional Take Home Whitening Systems

Professional take-home teeth whitening kits available from your dentist contain a high concentration of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide and provide excellent results in 1 to 2 weeks of prescribed use.  Custom-fit trays keep the whitening solution on the surface of the tooth to be whitened.  The cost of take-home whitening is considerably lower than in-office whitening.

Pro: A great option for those with sensitive teeth because you can control how often you whiten and what percentage of whitening gel you use.

Over the Counter Whitening Systems

While the products do work, their whitening product percentage is much lower, resulting in a lot more time and money being spent to whiten your teeth.  At-home over the counter whitening products are very generalized and therefore their fit makes whitening a lot harder.  In most instances, you will never quite achieve the results that you would get with professional teeth whitening.

Pro: Lowest cost option

For additional information and to discuss which is the best option for you, please give us a call at (972) 539-4776. Learn more about the dangers of and solutions to sleep apnea.

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