Is Professional Teeth Whitening for you? Consider that people with confidence tend to smile a lot. If your teeth are discoloured, you may not smile as much due to a lack of self-confidence. There are, however, a few ways available that can whiten your teeth, thereby improving your self-confidence. It’s important to understand that not all professional and most especially over-the-counter teeth whitening products are equal or actually do anything or produce reasonably good results. The following are some of the different teeth whitening options available at your local pharmacy or dentist that you may have already or still want to explore:
Pre-made Whitening Trays
You can buy gel trays for your teeth over the counter instead of going to a professional dentist to have it done. The problem with these are that they come with one-size-fits-all trays that don't actually fit, which means that they can be uncomfortable and hurt your gums and possibly aggravate any pre-existing dental issues. Additionally, they often require multiple sessions, sometimes even on a daily basis, to see results that often won't be apparent for weeks if at all.
Whitening toothpaste products will not bleach your teeth, which is why can only lighten your teeth by possibly only one shade. They are also often somewhat abrasive.
Most whitening strips are thin pieces of plastic that are coated in peroxide, which are then attached to your teeth. You'll need to wear them for about 30 minutes every day for two weeks. However, results may only last for a few months or so. Additionally since they are one size-fits-all, and not customer fitted, if the strips touch your gums it may cause irritation or burning.
There are some rinses available that work by rinsing for around 60 seconds on a daily basis. They contain small amounts of peroxide, which is what is “supposed” to whiten your teeth. However, because it will only come into contact with your teeth for such a short period, you're not likely to see any chance of change in the shade of your teeth as you would with other professional teeth whitening products.
ZOOM! Professional Teeth Whitening
ZOOM! professional teeth whitening is arguably the very best option. It only takes about 45 minutes to an hour to perform and only requires a single visit to the dentist. It's extremely effective and safe and can whiten your teeth up to five shades lighter. While all your gums and soft tissue is covered up, a special whitening gel is applied to your teeth. They then apply a powerful blue LED light to activate and accelerate the whitening process to maximize results. You will also get custom trays to take home for follow-up care over the following week to help make the results more permanent.
Professional Take Home Whitening
If ZOOM! Whitening is not in your price range and you’re not in a hurry, Waterloo Smiles provides an excellent option. We’ll create custom fitted trays and provide enough whitening gel so you can do it at home. You can actually achieve the same results as ZOOM! however it will take a bit longer (10-14 days). So for the Busy person ZOOM! is more efficient however our take home systems are very economical.