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Types of Teeth Whitening

By on April 08, 2011

One of the best ways to make a great impression is to have a winning smile. Many times, however, a smile isn’t quite as bright and white as it can be. This may be due to coffee, tea, cola, red wine, cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, or even just the natural aging process. You may be wondering what you can possible do to deal with this dental problem. One of the answers is consulting the team at our Philadelphia cosmetic dentistry office.

One of the best options you have for making your smile bright and wonderful is teeth whitening. There are plenty of different ways to get your teeth whitened or to undergo teeth whitening. Let’s look at a few of those options right now.

There are, of course, plenty of different at-home teeth whitening treatments. These range from chewing gums and toothpastes to tray systems and whitening strips. Some of these are more effective than others. Teeth whitening chewing gum is only slightly effective. Teeth whitening toothpastes can be somewhat effective. The teeth whitening strips and tray systems are rather effective, but even these are not as effective as in-office Philadelphia teeth whitening.

In-office teeth whitening treatments involve the use of much more powerful bleaching agents and will require the supervision of a dentist to administer said treatment. There are different types of whitening systems that a dentist may use, but in general, the teeth whitening treatment is similar: the patient has his or teeth cleaned, a special whitening agent is applied to the teeth of the patient (or perhaps just to the stained part of a tooth or the teeth), and the bleaching agent is exposed to a special light to activate the whitening properties.

In addition to the in-office whitening options, your dentist can also give you a professional-grade take-home teeth whitening kit. This is much more effective than over-the-counter teeth whitening options and can produce results comparable to in-office whitening (though the timeframe will be different to achieve these results).

For more information about teeth whitening treatments, please be sure to contact our Doylestown, PA cosmetic dentistry office today.

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