At Uniquely You Orthodontics, we know that a bright, whiter smile can help boost your confidence and enhance how you feel about yourself and your appearance. That is why we are thrilled to offer at-home and in-office teeth-whitening service options to our patients. This way, you too can experience the benefits of a whiter smile.
In-Office or At-Home?
There are many products and techniques available for patients who want to achieve a brighter smile, both in a professional setting and at home. With so many options available, it can be difficult to choose the method that is right for you. The best way to begin any teeth-whitening regimen is to schedule an appointment and talk to your doctor about the differences between in-office professional whitening and at-home whitening, but we’ll provide you with an overview of the services we offer so you know what your options are before meeting with your orthodontist.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
The first professional option is commonly referred to as in-office whitening. We are happy to offer in-office professional teeth-whitening services to our patients so you can be confident that you’ll get a whiter smile in a comfortable environment. This procedure is performed in a dental office. During an appointment, your dental professional will apply a whitening gel to the surface of your teeth. The entire office visit takes about 90 minutes, and you will be able to see results immediately.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
In addition to in-office treatments, there are several at-home teeth-whitening treatments you can use on your own time and in the comfort of your own home. With many of these options, receiving advice and basic startup services from an orthodontist may be necessary. For the safety of your teeth, you should seek the advice of a dental or orthodontic professional before starting any tooth whitening regimen.
The at-home tooth whitening options available to patients include the following:
- Tray Bleaching: Tray bleaching is a type of professional whitening that uses custom-made trays and whitening gel only available through your dentist or orthodontist. First, the tray is made using a custom mold of your teeth so it fits perfectly over your teeth. This can take a few hours to a few days to make. Once you have received the tray, all you need to do is place the whitening gel in the custom-fitted tray.As the peroxide in the gel breaks down, hydroxyradicals help whiten stained teeth. Unlike strips, this process whitens all your natural teeth and may contain ingredients intended to provide maximum comfort. At-home professional tray whitening takes ten to 14 days to yield results, although you may notice results in as little as three to five days.
- Paint-On Teeth Whiteners: This option is available in many over-the-counter varieties, and tends to be relatively inexpensive. However, paint-on whiteners are less effective than whitening strips or professional options. Essentially, paint-on teeth whiteners consist of a gel that is applied to the tooth using a small brush. Paint-on whitening gel hardens into a film that coats the teeth and dissolves in the mouth. This gel contains a similar peroxide as that used in the tray bleaching option, but this variation is less effective due to its ability to dissolve in the mouth.As with any teeth-whitening regimen, it is wise to consult with a dental professional before use, as they can recommend a particular variety that will work best for your teeth.
- Teeth-Whitening Strips: Teeth-whitening strips consist of thin, flexible plastic polyethylene strips with a thin film of hydrogen peroxide on one side. These whitening strip kits come with two types of strips — one for the upper teeth and another for the lower teeth. The whitening agent is applied by placing the strips across your teeth with the gel side down, gently pressing the strips into place to ensure contact with all your teeth.Teeth-whitening strips are typically worn for 30 minutes a day, twice a day. The duration of treatment will vary depending on the efficacy of the strip variety — dissolvable strips are even less effective than plastic strip options.
- Whitening Toothpaste and Mouthwash: The least expensive whitening options for patients are whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes. Designed to have whitening capabilities, these products work to remove surface stains using mild abrasives. However, unlike the materials used in professional whitening procedures, these products do not lighten the actual color shade of the tooth. Whitening toothpaste affects surface stains and will mildly lighten your teeth, provided you use them regularly.
Whiten Your Smile With Uniquely You
If you would like to learn more about teeth whitening or are looking for an orthodontics provider offering whitening services, Uniquely You Orthodontics can help. Any of our friendly staff members will be happy to answer your questions and provide you with detailed information about our range of whitening services. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.