If you're thinking of brightening your smile, there are several ways your dentist can help set the wheels in motion. At your next checkup, ask about professional strength at-home teeth whitening kits and products. Professional whitening agents break down stains on the surface and lighten the teeth from within, your dentist can assess your discoloration and the health of your teeth to recommend the most comfortable and effective option for you.
How Do Teeth Whitening Kits Work?
Take-home teeth whitening kits generally rely on a system of custom-fit trays and whitening gels. The gels are formulated with a peroxide-based bleaching agent that is strong enough to lighten your teeth noticeably within a few days. First, your dentist fits the trays to your bottom and upper teeth. The trays are molded to line up exactly with your surface. Your dentist then trims the trays to make sure they don't interfere with your gums. Custom-fit trays keep you from feeling like you're wearing a mouth guard that you might wear playing field hockey or lacrosse.
You'll leave the office with the trays and some whitening gel in tubes or syringes. At home you can inject the gel into the trays and wear them for a few hours, depending on the type of gel and the degree of your whitening needs. The Colgate® Optic White® Professional Whitening Take-home Kit is pretty easy. You only have to wear the tray once a day for 30 minutes, and you'll see results in about three days. That's fast!
What If My Teeth Are Sensitive?
According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, there are definitely options for people with tooth sensitivity. Professional at-home teeth whitening products offer varying concentration of the bleaching agent. Let your dentist know if you usually experience tooth or gum sensitivity so that he or she can determine the correct formula strength to maximize benefits without overdoing it.
Talk to your dentist about professional at-home whitening kits and products to brighten your smile in just a few days. The results will be bold and beautiful!