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2 Paths to a Whiter Smile

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If you’re dreaming of a whiter smile, there are two ways to achieve it. You can opt for over-the-counter treatments, or visit your dentist for in-office teeth whitening procedures. Both types of whitening techniques use peroxide-based bleaches. At-home treatments contain between three and 20 percent hydrogen peroxide, while in-office systems use between 15 and 43 percent. Teeth bleaching/whitening requires a careful balance of product strength and treatment time. The longer you leave a product in contact with your teeth, the whiter they will get. However, stronger solutions require shorter treatment times to get the same results.

1.     At-Home Teeth Whitening Choices

Brush-on whitening gels and coated strips are applied directly to your teeth once or twice daily for about two weeks. Results last for up to four months.

Over-the-counter tray-based systems use a small tray shaped like a mouth guard to expose teeth directly to a peroxide bleaching gel or paste. The trays are generally left in place several hours each day for up to a month. Professional-grade tray systems are also available from your dentist.

Whitening toothpastes use mild abrasives, chemicals, and polishing agents to gradually lighten tooth stains without bleach.

2.     Professional In-Office Whitening Treatments

The fastest way to get whiter teeth is to visit your dentist for professional whitening treatments. The bleaching solutions used in professional whitening systems are much more potent than those contained in over-the-counter treatments. Some systems also use light or heat to enhance or speed results. For the most dramatic results, you will probably need several hour-long office visits, but some systems are designed to provide maximum results within a single two-hour visit.

Maintaining Your White Smile

To keep your teeth looking whiter after treatment, practice excellent oral hygiene, and avoid over-consumption of black teas, coffee, wine, berries, and carbonated sodas.

Talk to Your Dentist About Teeth Bleaching/Whitening

Teeth whitening products are not for everyone. Those with sensitive teeth may find them uncomfortable. Home kits can cause burned or bleached gums if not used correctly. If your teeth are brown, gray, or purple, bleaching may not work. Talk to your dentist in Columbia to determine which whitening options will work best for your teeth.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Columbia, call Dental One Associates of Columbia today at (410) 346-2350 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Columbia. With 12 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Columbia, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates of Columbia.

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