What are the Different Methods of Tooth Whitening and Bleaching?

Thanks to technological advances, we no longer have to be plagued with stained or discolored teeth. We now have more options to obtain a bright white smile. With so many choices, which method of teeth whitening and bleaching is the best option for you?

We all have different needs that we must keep in mind before choosing the best method. Are you looking for a quick or instant results? Can you devote more time to your treatments? Maybe you need a cheaper alternative? Before you decide which method of teeth whitening and bleaching is best for you, let’s dive deeper into the pros and cons of each option.

Teeth Whitening Toothpaste

Teeth whitening toothpaste differ from other types of toothpaste because it has a higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide, the key ingredient in most teeth whitening and bleaching treatments.

PROS: CONS:
Cheapest Method Takes longer to see results
Has a higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide compared to other types of toothpaste Ongoing method of treatment, can take weeks or months
Easy to use Only removes surface stains

Teeth Whitening Strips

Teeth whitening strips would be the next step up from whitening toothpaste. These thin strips are placed on the teeth for a period of time, usually about an hour over the course of 5 to 14 days. The number of days depends on the strength of the strip.

PROS: CONS:
Relatively inexpensive How quickly you see results depends on strength of the strip
Can see results after a few days Only removes surface stains
Easy to use  

Laser Whitening

Laser whitening is a professional method to get a whiter smile. Your teeth will be soaked in a whitening solution. A laser is then pointed at the teeth to activate the solution. The longer the solution is activated, the stronger the whitening power. This type of treatment cannot be done without the direction of a professional, since it does include the operation of a laser.

PROS: CONS:
Professional results Must be done in professional setting
Fast results  
Safer for enamel and tooth health under professional supervision  

KöR Whitening

KöR Whitening goes a step above simply whitening your teeth. It restores the tooth’s natural ability to absorb oxygen. This helps the whitening solution to be absorbed by the tooth enamel and to fight stain molecules hidden below the tooth’s surface. The custom fit trays are worn at night, so there is no interference with the busy day you may have ahead of you.

PROS: CONS:
Fights stains below the surface They only work if you wear them
Worn at night on your own time  
Professional level treatment option  
Provides benefits to overall tooth health  

Whatever option you choose, always be sure to consult with a professional before administering any of these methods. Our dentists are here to help. Submit a question anytime on our Ask The Doctor page for quick and convenient answers to all your tooth related questions.

 

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