Give Your Smile a Summer Shine

If you are interested in teeth whitening for summer there are many types of teeth whitening treatments available. To achieve the bright, summer smile you desire, it can be difficult choosing the most effective method for you. The best approach to teeth whitening is to first schedule an appointment with your dentist to discuss the pros and cons associated with professional in-office teeth whitening treatments and at-home teeth whiteners.

Professional Teeth Whitening for Summer

A professional teeth whitening is performed in a dental office. During the procedure, your dentist will apply a powerful bleaching gel to the surface of teeth. The whole visit should take no more than 90 minutes and results are seen immediately.

At-Home Teeth Whitening Treatments

  • Teeth Whitening Tray – Bleaching trays are another method of professional teeth whitening that involve customized trays used with special whitening gel that is available only through your dental professional. This process takes up to 14 days to achieve the desired results, with visible whitening in as few as 3-5 days.
  • Paint-On Whiteners – Paint-on whitening gel can be purchased over-the-counter without the need for a dentist visit. These teeth whitening products are less expensive than professional teeth whitening and less effective. This type of whitening gel is applied to stained teeth with a small brush.The product hardens on teeth and eventually dissolves. Keep in mind, it is a good idea to consult with your dentist before using any teeth whitening product.
  • Whitening Strips – Teeth whitening strips are thin plastic strips of film with a layer of hydrogen peroxide. Strip teeth whiteners come in kits for upper teeth and separate strips for lower teeth. The side with the bleaching agent is pressed gently down across all teeth being treated. Teeth whitener strips are usually worn twice each day, for 30 minutes at a time.
  • Teeth Whitening Toothpastes and Mouthwashes – The most economical options for brightening your smile are over-the-counter teeth whitening toothpaste and mouthwashes. Both are created to whiten teeth and remove surface stains. However, these products do not work as well as professional methods. They do not actually lighten the color of a tooth. By using a mild abrasive, whitening toothpaste can reduce the appearance of surface stains, that will, in turn, lighten teeth.

To learn more about how professional teeth whitening can give your smile a summer shine, please contact Dr. Bruce Parker to schedule a consultation.