With the help of technology, whitening your teeth has become as easy as one, two, three. In fact, the hardest thing about teeth whitening these days is picking the right method of doing so. Between professional in-office whitening, over-the-counter whitening, and professional take-home whitening, which procedure is the best for you and your pearly whites? Creative Edge Dentistry in Edmond, OK discusses the different options.
Professional In-house Whitening.
This option is ideal for individuals who want white teeth immediately since professional whitening delivers the best results in the shortest amount of time. This procedure makes use of high amounts of abrasive chemicals which means that it can only be performed by a trained professional, i.e. Dr. Bender, and only in her clinic.
To begin the procedure, you may need to have your teeth polished using pumice which will remove any plaque which could interfere with the entire whitening process. Afterwards, Creative Edge Dentistry will apply gauze around your mouth in order to keep your teeth dry all throughout the procedure, and a barrier is placed in between your gums and teeth to protect the soft tissues. The whitening solution will then be applied to the surface of your teeth which will be left to incubate with the help of a curing laser or heat to activate the chemical. The procedure is culminated with a fluoride rinse to halt the action of the chemical and protect the enamel.
If you are on a tight budget and do not have the time to go to Dr. Bender in Edmond, OK, but have the patience to wait for the results, the over the counter option is right for you.
OTC whitening products are sold in almost every drugstore and come in a number of forms from trays and strips, to toothpastes and strips. These products contain only low levels of the active ingredient which means that it might take a long time for Photo Credit: Identity Stationyou to see any noticeable effects and you have to consistently apply these products for a certain amount of time in order to see the results.
Professional Take-Home Whitening
If you want results in as little as one to two weeks but crave the convenience of doing the procedure at home, try take home whitening.
You will have to go to Creative Edge Dentistry in Edmond, OK in order to get impressions of your teeth. Once you have the custom-made tray, Dr. Bender will show you how to dispense the whitening gel as well as the instructions on how to use the trays. You may then use the tray an hour every day for a specified period for whiter teeth. You may also use the trays for touch-ups.
Cost may also be a determining factor on which option you choose. Discuss all aspects of whitening with Creative Edge Dentistry in Edmond, OK today.
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