A popular cosmetic dental treatment, teeth whitening can help lighten the colour of your smile. Here, our Kanata dentists explain the different types of procedures including at-home and in-office options.
Teeth whitening procedures use peroxide-based bleaching solutions to lighten the colour of your smile. There are many teeth whitening options available from professional whitening treatments at your dental office to do-it-yourself treatments at home.
In-Office Professional Teeth Whitening
In-office teeth whitening is a safe, reliable treatment option performed by a trained dental professional. The procedure is non-invasive, and you can usually see results right away. That's because your dentist uses a high concentration of bleaching gel.
At-Home Professional Teeth Whitening
Most dentists also offer an at-home teeth whitening kit. This procedure uses a high concentration beaching gel and includes custom whitening trays that are fitted to your smile. This treatment option generally costs less than in-office whitening, and most people see results within a couple of weeks.
Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening
With drug store whitening kits, you may not achieve the results you're looking because the bleaching solutions don't have the same strength that professional whitening does. Some over-the-counter whitening products may be somewhat effective at making teeth a few shades brighter, but many of these products have abrasive substances that can irritate the gums and wear away your tooth's enamel over time.
Do-it-Yourself Teeth Whitening
Homemade tooth whitening remedies are not optimal for good oral health because any tooth whitening effects can be offset by damage to your teeth. For example, hydrogen peroxide does have natural bleaching ability, but it may take months before seeing any results, and you would likely suffer from gum irritation along the way. Other home remedies like apple cider vinegar and baking soda can also be abrasive and erode your tooth enamel over time.