Over a course of years, the consumption of coffee and tea, wine, cola or other food and drinks can have a dramatic effect on the shade of your teeth. Some people also have more porous teeth, leading to faster tooth discoloration. If you’re after a whiter smile, there are several options to meet your needs.
In-office whitening is best for seeking a brighter smile in the shortest time possible, and it’s one of the many services we offer at Johns Dentistry. In less than two hours, a protective gel is applied to your gums to protect the soft tissue, then an activating gel is applied directly to the teeth. A technician remains by your side to monitor the whitening progress and remove the solution once the procedure is complete. You’re then sent home with custom trays and instructions for at-home touchups. With the proper care, this procedure can produce brilliant results that last for a long time.
For those looking for a more budget friendly option, at-home custom tooth whitening is another route. A dentist will take impressions of your teeth to create custom trays, allowing for a more accurate whitening experience than drugstore options. With the tray, you’ll also receive detailed instructions for application, which usually is recommended for 30 – 60 minutes twice daily. Once your desired shade of white is achieved, only occasional touchups are needed for maintenance.
Lastly, there are several drugstore whitening options, from whitening toothpastes to gel-based strips, that can affect the color of your teeth. For the most effective results, we recommend the dentistry-guided options of in-office whitening or at-home custom whitening trays. These two options are safe, effective, and most likely to produce the desired results.