Which Teeth Whitening Procedure Is Right For You?

Are you unhappy with your lackluster smile? Fortunately, there are several different ways that you can whiten your teeth. You can either visit a dentist that specializes in cosmetic dentistry to have whitening treatments completed, or you could try several whitening treatments at home. Before you try to whiten your teeth, learn more about the available options so that you can choose the one that fits your needs the best.

Whitening Strips

You can purchase whitening strips at most drugstores. The strips are fairly simple to use. The whitening agent is on the strips, and you use the strips according to the the directions on the box. In most cases, you'll wear the strips on your teeth daily for up to two hours each day. The entire process can take between 10 and 20 days depending on the product that you purchase. Keep in mind, whitening strips typically only whiten your front teeth, so they aren't a good option for people who need to whiten all of their teeth. They are a good option for you if your back teeth are capped.

Professional Whitening Gel

You can visit a cosmetic dentist to purchase professional whitening gel that you will use at home. Typically, a silicone tray that's made from a mold of your teeth will come with the professional-strength whitening gel. To use the gel, you'll squeeze the gel into the tray and place the tray over your teeth. In most cases, the tray is worn overnight -- or at least for several hours at time. Your dentist will tell you the proper amount of time to wear the trays. You should follow your dentist's instructions carefully to ensure the whitening gel doesn't damage your tooth enamel. 

Laser Teeth Whitening

If you're looking for the fastest way to whiten your teeth, you should consider having a laser teeth whitening procedure completed. The procedure is completed in your dentist's office, and typically only takes a couple of hours to achieve the desired results. However, laser teeth whitening is more expensive than using a professional whitening gel at home, so if you're on a budget you should discuss the differences between whitening your teeth with professional whitening gel or laser treatments to determine which option is best for you.

Ultimately, it's up to you to decide what process you'd like to use to whiten your teeth. However, before you make a final decision, you should discuss the matter with a cosmetic dentist to determine which procedure will give you the results that you want without going over your budget. Talk to a company like Karo Dental about which treatment is right for you.