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Some Types of Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures, and it is certainly no surprise. White teeth are definitely in, but there are many different ways people can go about achieving healthy looking, perfectly white teeth. Here are a few types of teeth whitening to consider if your teeth need a little bit of brightening.

1. Teeth Whitening Kits

You can easily buy whitening kits or other whitening products for your teeth over the counter. They typically come in the form of strips, paste and trays, or other substances that you apply to your teeth and leave on for a certain amount of time. Most of the products use peroxide to reach below the surface and remove stains. It can take a few uses before you see any results, and it’s important to ensure that you’re using ADA approved teeth whitening kits to ensure you don’t damage your teeth in the process. You may also be able to get a whitening kit from your dentist. These kits will contain more concentrated whitening products and could even be customized to fit your specific needs.

2. Whitening Toothpaste

This is by far the easiest way to go about whitening your teeth. There are many whitening toothpastes on the market that claim to lighten teeth, and some probably work better than others. Most often, these products include ingredients like baking soda, polishes, or chemicals that effectively remove stains from the surface of your teeth with minimal effort on your part. As with whitening kits, it can take some time before you see results and it’s important to ensure that the toothpaste is safe to use.

3. Teeth Whitening Procedures

Another option for whitening your teeth is by having your dentist perform a tooth whitening procedure. These are more effective than whitening products you can use at home, but you can expect to pay more for them. Dentists sometimes use a procedure that involves a gel containing hydrogen peroxide and a special light. They may also use a treatment that involves the use of a powder based bleaching agent. This treatment does not require the use of a light.

4. Veneers

Some teeth are beyond repair and don’t respond to the whitening treatments listed above. In these cases, veneers are the best option. They consist of a layer of tooth-like material that is placed over teeth to give you a better looking smile. They require multiple visits to your dentist and take time to perfect to ensure that your smile looks as natural as possible. They’re also the most expensive option, as some can cost over $700 per tooth.

It seems like everyone wants to achieve a picture perfect smile, but teeth whitening can be an expensive and extensive process. Additionally, the same procedure won’t work for everyone. For some, at home whitening kits might be sufficient while others may need to look into more extensive treatment options. Regardless of your needs, it is important to research your options and consult with your dentist to ensure you’re picking the treatment that is right for you.

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