A great smile puts others at ease and makes you look happy, confident, and self-assured. It can also help to leave a very favorable impression of yourself. Jerusalem dentist, Dr. Ari Greenspan, can give you whiter teeth.
Unfortunately, many people hesitate to smile because of stained or yellow teeth. That is a real shame considering that modern teeth whitening methods can really improve the appearance of many people’s teeth.
The problem is making sense of the many options out there. Fortunately, we can help with that. Below you will find out how teeth whitening works, a short summary of the popular methods, and links to more information on each one. I have ordered them from simplest but least effective to the best and most successful method
How It Works
Teeth whitening methods most often use a form of peroxide to bleach the teeth and remove stains and discoloration. As the peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and bleaches the colored substances. This lightens the natural color of the teeth without removing any of the tooth surface.
Teeth whitening can be performed by a dentist office, or in the comfort of your own home. Let’s take a closer look at the methods below…
Whitening toothpastes work by using mildly abrasive chemicals to remove surface stains. They do not contain bleach. Although some of them have polishing agents that make teeth cleaner and therefore looking whiter. Be sure to check for the American Dental Association seal of approval.
Toothpastes may help a bit, but they will not whiten your teeth nearly as much as other whitening methods.
Bleaching/Whitening strips were made to replace mouth guards and a bleaching solution. They are much more comfortable than a mouth tray because they are basically a sticky tape that you apply by placing the strips on your front teeth. Whitening strips are typically worn twice a day for a half an hour each time.
Teeth whitening strips are available over-the-counter and through your dentist. The strips that you can obtain from a dentist office contain a stronger concentration of peroxide.
Brush on Whitening
Brush on whitening gels are peroxide based gels that are applied with a small brush onto the front teeth. They help a slight bit and are very transient but are great for upkeep and longevity of a professional whitening
Dental Supervision Gel Treatment
One of the most popular methods of teeth whitening, dental supervision gel treatments gives you a little break in the cost department but you still get the guidance of a professional. You will get a tooth tray that is custom-made for you which helps to get every area of your teeth as white as possible.
The gel used is carbamide peroxide. It works much more efficiently than the
hydrogen peroxide which found in cheaper methods. The custom tray will also come in handy later on when you need to touch up your teeth.
Dental Office Whitening
Dental office teeth whitening usually involves gel being directly applied to the teeth and accelerated with heat, a special light, laser or a combination of the three. Dental treatments will typically last 30 to 60 minutes. Sometimes more than one appointment is required. The results are beautiful and you are done within 1 hour.
A dentist office bleaching typically produces the quickest results. So if you have an upcoming event that you need your teeth whitened for, the dentist is probably your best bet.