Whitening – What are the options?
There are many different teeth bleaching options available over the counter and in office, but which is best for you?
Over-the-counter whitening strips like Crest White Strips are a popular option due to their low cost. The strips are sold as a thin, flexible membrane coated with bleaching material that conforms to the shape of your teeth.
- They can be worn comfortably at home or on the go, making them a convenient option.
- Cost effective
- Not suitable for crooked teeth
- Often misses the areas between the teeth
- Saliva can get under the membrane and dilute the bleach
- Not ideal for a “wide smile” as they are “one size fits all”
- The strips are prone to slip and slide out of place
- Low concentration of bleach
Often sold in pen style applicators with foam or brush tip applicators, brush-on whiteners are the least expensive option. They are most effective when applied directly after a meal or beverage with high colour content (beets, red wine, etc…). While this product claims to whiten your teeth, they act as more of an “antidote” to new stains.
- Does not show meaningful results as a “whitening” tool
Custom Bleach Trays (Opalescense)
Unlike whitening strips, custom bleach trays are made specifically for your teeth and can not be shared with others. First an impression is take of your mouth and model is made of your teeth. Then a tray is formed around the model using a thin, flexible plastic material. The dental office then provides you with concentrated bleaching gel in syringe applicators and instructions on how to use the bleach at home.
- Extremely effective whitening
- Ideal for people with crooked teeth as the bleach reaches all surfaces of the teeth
- Long term results, often lasting 6 months or more
- Concentrated bleach gel often gives drastic results within 2 weeks
- Shaped to prevent bleach from coming into contact with your gums (when used correctly)
- Can cause sensitivity
- Significantly higher cost than over-the-counter bleaching solutions due to the medical grade whitening gels
In-Office Whitening (Opalescence Boost)
In-office whitening is performed by your Dentist or Dental Hygienist. A cheek retractor is placed in the mouth to pull your lips and cheeks away from your teeth. Then a protective gel is placed on to your gum line and light-cured to guard your gums from the potent bleaching materials. A layer of whitening gel is painted on to your teeth and left for 20 minutes, then removed and applied again for an additional 20 minutes. Multiple visits may be required for desired results.
- Highest concentration bleach, causing drastic shade changes
- Quick, sometimes immediate results
- Can cause sensitivity due to high concentration bleach
- May require multiple appointments for desired results
- The least cost effective option
- Some people find the cheek retractors uncomfortable as they stay in the mouth for almost an hour
Dr. Shahriary is happy to discuss your bleaching needs with you. Call today to book a consultation and start your journey to your perfect smile! (604) 936-1263
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