Noted dentist Jonathan B. Levine stated during his appearance on Dr. Oz, “from teenagers to baby boomers, everyone wants to have a whiter smile. Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, and a flawlessly bright smile indicates health, vigor, and of course, beauty.”
However, Dr. Burhenne, Ask the Dentist, reminds us that, “For everyone, teeth yellowing is a normal part of aging. Our hair turns gray and our teeth turn yellow.” The experts at South Temple Dental can give you solutions to the best methods for whitening teeth whatever your age.
Teeth Whitening Systems
WebMD’s list of teeth whitening systems begins with whitening toothpastes. These kinds of toothpaste contain carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide and will remove stains from the surface of the tooth, but also can help whiten the color that is deep in the tooth. Whitening toothpaste can lighten the tooth’s color by about one shade. Prescription strength whitening techniques performed in a dental office like South Temple Dental can lift the color of your teeth to an amazing three to eight shades lighter.
Over-the-Counter Whitening Strips and Gels
Whitening strips are made of a clear material coated with a clear whitening gel that is pressed against the teeth and worn for a length of time. Peroxide-based gels for whitening teeth are clear and applied directly to the surface of your teeth. Significant changes can be seen within a few days and final results are sustained for about four months.
Whitening rinses are new to the market. While the ease of a mouthwash to whiten teeth seem desirable, manufacturers say it may take 12 weeks to see results. As the rinse is only in contact with the teeth for 60 seconds, rinses are proving to be less effective than other methods.
Tray-Based Teeth Whitening
Tray-based teeth whitening methods, whether purchased over-the-counter or from a dentist, get their effectiveness by filling a custom fit tray with a bleaching gel. The tray holds the gel directly against the teeth for a determined amount of time depending on the strength of the gel. This method can whiten the teeth significantly, over a period of use.
In-office whitening at South Temple Dental provides the easiest and quickest method for teeth whitening in Salt Lake City. Since in-office whitening uses bleaching gel in combination with heat or special lights, dramatic results can be seen after the first treatment. Although several treatments are usually required to see total effectiveness.
Schedule an appointment for teeth whitening in Salt Lake City, today.