SO, YOU WANT TO whiten your teeth. You're not alone! In fact, when the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry asked what people would most like to improve about their smile, the most common response was whiter teeth.

There Are Several Teeth Whitening Options

With so many teeth whitening products on the market, you may be left scratching your head as to which one you should choose. As with any type of treatment, it's important to know all the facts so you can make the best choice for you and your unique smile! Some of the most common teeth whitening options are:

Whitening toothpastes
Whitening strips and gels
Tray-based tooth whiteners
In-office whitening
Whitening Is Safest And Most Effective When Supervised By A Dentist
You should always consult with your dentist before deciding to whiten, as this cosmetic procedure isn't for everyone. There are also many benefits to whitening with your dentist!

For example, if you're considering a tray-based tooth whitener, seeing your dentist is definitely your best option. Your dentist will take impressions of your upper and lower teeth so that your whitening trays are customized exactly to fit your mouth and teeth. This will ensure maximum contact between your teeth and the whitening solution as well as protect your gums.

If you choose in-office whitening, there will be additional protection of your gums and the soft tissues of your mouth so that no irritation from the whitening solution occurs. To do this, your dentist will apply a gel to the gum tissue or use cotton rolls, gauze, suction and a lip retractor.

A relatively new product Opalescence Go is the perfect option for patients who are looking for convenient, ready-to-go whitening. It is a professional whitening gel delivered in prefilled trays. Opalescence Go features the enhanced UltraFit tray and can deliver dramatic results in as little as 15 minutes per day. The UltraFit tray sets Opalescence Go apart from over the counter strips with its unique material that warms with the temperature of the body so that it comfortably molds around the entire tooth, not just the front like strips, and adapts to any patient's smile for an effective and enjoyable whitening experience. With no impressions, models, or lab time necessary it is the fastest product available for the on-the-go type person. This is the favorite whitening product of Dr Todd Snyder, DDS, AAACD a Cosmetic Dentist in Laguna Niguel Orange County.

With over-the-counter products, you're on your own. Its like buying Aspirin when you really need Vicodin, it will do something but typically not as well as the prescription strength product you could get from your doctor. Your dentist, will check your mouth, the type and extent of stains on your teeth, the number of dental restorations you have and consider your medical history to decide which whitening option is best for your specific smile. They will oversee the process and results of the treatment to ensure the treatment's safety and efficacy.

There are no harmful effects of teeth whitening when used properly. Sensitivity can occur with any whitening product but will not be permanent as typically 24-48 hours after whitening is stopped the teeth are rehydrated and back to normal sensation prior to whitening. If whitening gel gets onto the tissues it can create some redness, irritation and even bleeding. These all will go away if you stop using the product as the product is not meant to be on the gum tissues.

A Note To Parents

Teeth whitening is a growing trend among teenagers. Parents should always supervise their teenagers' use of whitening products as overuse or failure to follow directions can irritate gums. Be sure to consult with your dentist before allowing your teenager to whiten to make sure they are at an appropriate age and stage of dental development for whitening.

Keep Your Smile Beautiful

What truly keeps teeth bright, white and healthy is daily brushing, flossing and regular teeth cleanings.

Still curious about how whitening works? Call us for more information or come in for a free consult.

We'd be happy to help you brighten up that beautiful smile of yours. 949.643.6733