Cosmetic Dentistry in our South Jordan office
Whitening, also known as bleaching, is the process of whitening teeth. There are two different ways to get the whiter smile you want: In-office whitening and at-home whitening. There are so many different products and methods that I can’t go into them all. The basic principle of most systems is some form of peroxide. The peroxide breaks down the small particles of stain on and in your teeth. The stronger the peroxide, the faster you will see results, but you will also experience more sensitivity.
Many people ask about the benefits of different whitening systems. Some use lights, some use retainers or trays, some are paint on or stick on, some are used for minutes, some all night long…. Based on my experience over the past 20 years, I have seen a general pattern to the different systems. Most systems are effective to some degree. I have noticed that the one hour or daytime use whitening systems, as a whole, tend not to whiten as deeply through the teeth, and therefore the teeth don’t get as white or stay bright for very long. The overnight systems, tend to produce a more natural whitening that is more stable for years. But you need to do the whitening every night for 10-14 days to get the best results.
So you have a lot of options to choose from. I would base my decision on what your desired result is, how long you are willing to bleach each day, and what you can tolerate to achieve the result you are hoping for.