How Different Teeth Whitening Procedures Stack Up

How Different Teeth Whitening Procedures Stack Up

Jul 09, 2018

It seems to be a consensus across the nation and the majority of the world: people want whiter teeth, but where should you start? It seems that almost every dental product sold claims to be a whitening product. What toothpaste today really does not claim to whiten your teeth? If all of these things are supposed to make your teeth whiter, why do you still struggle with tooth stains?

Perhaps you have tried whitening strips, whitening toothpaste, or other things, but none of them seem to work the way that you desire.

The truth of the matter is: not all whitening products are made equal.

How They Stack up Against Each Other

Most whitening toothpastes and whitening strips are comprised of the very ingredients that are known and proven to whiten your teeth. However, their effectiveness is not determined by their ingredients alone. The medium of application and the amount of time that it is in contact with your teeth is what truly determines its effectiveness.

Think about it, toothpaste is mixed with water and lathered onto your teeth for a brief minute or two. The application is bubbly and lacks density to say the least. After you are done brushing, you quickly rinse the toothpaste out of your mouth and spit it into the sink. This leaves a lot to be desired as far as whitening goes.

Whitening strips are also effective in theory. Most contain the right ingredients, however, they are known to cause your teeth to become sensitive and can take weeks to months before you see clear results.

The most consistent and effective way to whiten your teeth is an in-office whitening procedure. Your dentist will apply a whitening paste to your teeth and hold it there for a set amount of time. In just one hour, you can see your teeth visibly brighten. This procedure typically leaves patients with far less sensitivity and a much brighter smile.

If you have any questions regarding in-office whitening procedures, please give us a call today.