Speak to your dentist or your teeth whiting specialist before you start, but if you are a candidate for teeth whitening, there are a number of things you can do to make sure you have the brightest smile in the world.
Whitening Toothpastes – While all toothpastes help remove surface stains, there are certain brands that contain special whitening properties that provide additional stain removal effectiveness. Look for the ADA Seal for safe whitening toothpastes that have special chemical or polishing agents. Unlike bleaches, these products do not change the color of teeth, but work to remove surface stains.
Chairside Bleaching – This whitening procedure takes place in your dentist’s office and usually requires only one visit. Your dentist will place a protective gel or rubber shield on your gums before applying bleach to the teeth. A light or laser might be used to enhance the power of the whitening agent.
Home Bleach Treatments – Whiteners that contain peroxide help bleach the enamel. Typically, these products come in a gel and are placed in a tray that fits to your teeth. Whitening strips that adhere to the teeth are also common. The concentration of the bleaching agent is lower than what your dentist would use in their office, so the results are generally not as noticeable as in-office treatment.