Whiter Teeth Are Simple With A Teeth Whitening Procedure

By: Gen Wright

If you are unhappy with the way your teeth look and want to achieve a brighter smile, you can join the millions of people who have made the decision to get a new smile with a teeth whitening procedure. Thanks to increases in whitening technology, today there are a variety of effective options available to you. With options available to fit any budget or situation, you can achieve a whiter smile if you only make the decision to do so. Talk to your Chattanooga dentist if you are thinking about making the decision to get whiter teeth.

In-Office Whitening

The quickest and most effective method of whitening is to have the procedure done by your dentist in his or her office. In a single appointment, you will be able to whiten your teeth a very significant amount. After discussing with your dentist to make sure you are a good candidate for in-office whitening, he or she will begin the procedure by evenly applying whitening gel to the front of your teeth. After this, he or she will generally shine a special light or laser onto your teeth that will activate the hydrogen peroxide in the gel, which is the ingredient that physically changes the coloring of your teeth. After repeating this process several times, your teeth will have become much whiter than they were at the beginning of the process. The entire process only takes between one and two hours, making it perfect for you if you want to achieve a significant amount of whitening on short notice.

Take Home Whitening Kits

Another popular method that patients use to whiten their teeth is to receive a take home kit from their dentist. Your dentist will take impressions of your teeth to create a customized set of trays that will fit perfectly onto your teeth. When you are at home, you will put whitening gel into the trays and then wear them for approximately one hour per day. After two weeks of doing this, your teeth will have become significantly whiter. There are also options that require you to wear the whitening trays overnight. If used properly, take home whitening can achieve close to the same results as in-office whitening. If you do not want to spend the money on an in-office whitening procedure but are interested in achieving a noticeably brighter smile, this could be the option for you.

Over The Counter Whitening

Over the counter whitening gels, strips and toothpastes are easily available at most drug stores. These options can give you a modest amount of whitening, but they are not able to achieve the results of dentist-approved methods. This is because they do not have the same concentration of active ingredient and they are not specifically designed for your teeth. However, if you do not want to spend much money or are interested in a small amount of whitening, over the counter whitening could be the option you are looking for.

To learn more about teeth whitening or to set an appointment, contact your Chattanooga dentist today.

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Charles Hooper, Jr., Chattanooga dentist, has been practicing dentistry in the East Brainerd area for 38 years. Along with his associates, his practice offers a variety of dental services including whitening, CEREC, bridges, crowns and dental implants in Chattanooga.

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