Whiten Your Teeth To Get The Bright Smile You Deserve

By: Gen Wright

If you are unhappy with the coloring of your teeth, it may be time to consider talking to your dentist about whitening your teeth. As dentistry has advanced over the years, whitening technology has also advanced to the point where positive results are all but guaranteed with each procedure. Whether you are just looking for a cheap way to achieve moderate whitening or you want to make your teeth drastically whiter in a short amount of time, there is a whitening option for you. Talk to your dentist if you are interested in whitening your teeth.

Dentist-Performed Whitening In The Office

The most effective and time efficient way to whiten your teeth is to have the procedure done by your dentist in a short appointment in his or her office. After discussing with your dentist and deciding that in-office whitening is the best option for you, your dentist will begin the process by evenly applying whitening gel to the front of your teeth. Because of the hydrogen peroxide in the gel, your teeth can become significantly whiter in about an hour. After repeating this process a few times, the process will be complete and you can walk out of the office and start enjoying your bright new smile.

Take Home Dentist-Approved Whitening Kits

Another popular method of teeth whitening that can still achieve very positive results is to get a take home whitening kit from your dentist. After deciding on this method with your dentist, he or she will take detailed impressions of your teeth. From these impressions, your dentist will create a set of whitening trays that will fit perfectly to your teeth. When you get home, you will apply whitening gel to these trays and wear them on your teeth for approximately one hour. After doing this every day for about two weeks, your teeth will have become significantly whiter. Although this method takes longer than in-office whitening, it is generally a less expensive option.

Over The Counter Products

The cheapest method to attempt to whiten your teeth is to purchase an over the counter product. Whitening gels, strips and toothpastes are readily available to you at most local drug stores. Although they are very easy to get and don't cost a great deal of money, over the counter whitening products are not customized to your teeth and generally come with a much lower concentration of hydrogen peroxide, the active ingredient in many tooth whitening products. However, if you do not want to spend much money or you are just looking for a moderate level of whitening, an over the counter product may be the best option for you.

To learn more about teeth whitening or to schedule a whitening appointment, contact your Westlake dentist today.

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Dr. Jennifer Psota Dougherty, Westlake dentist, has been practicing dentistry in the Westlake area for the past 13 years since graduating from the Ohio State University College of Dentistry. While offering a wide variety of dental services, her practice specifically offers bonding, dentures, implants, veneers, Invisalign and teeth whitening in Westlake.

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