Options For Whitening Your Smile

Everyone wants to have a beautiful, dazzling smile. One of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments performed in dental offices is teeth whitening. With so many options available, it can be difficult to determine what is best for you and your teeth. Professional whitening treatments can reverse the effects of smoking, aging, dark coloured beverages and acidic wear. Drugstore whitening products can provide some success, but the results are only temporary.

It is possible to achieve the brilliant white smile you desire, which is why it is critical to understand your options and the treatments that are available. Below we will take a look at the options you have when it comes to whitening your teeth.


Whatever method you choose to whiten your teeth, the primary ingredient in whitening products is hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). The amount and concentration of hydrogen peroxide is what distinguishes these options and treatment types. Higher H2O2 levels result in better results.

In-office treatments use a concentrated hydrogen peroxide solution and typically guarantees effective results. Using a combination of gels, trays and LED lights, your dentist is able to whiten your teeth in a matter of a few minutes, while you stay relaxed in the dental chair.

Gel is applied to your teeth manually or via a tray, and the LED light is used to activate the whitening ingredients. This procedure has been deemed the most effective when it comes to whitening your smile.

Take-Home Kit

These contain less hydrogen peroxide than a professional whitening procedure, but more than whitening strips, gels, or toothpastes.

A whitening gel is placed inside the trays, which are then fitted to your teeth. It is critical to carefully follow your dentist’s instructions so that your progress can be properly assessed. This option is a great alternative to in office whitening for those patients who wish to whiten in the comfort of their own homes.

Over The Counter Alternatives

Over-the-counter whitening solutions are available at drugstores, grocery stores, and large chain stores. There is less hydrogen peroxide because they are available without a prescription. These options contain bleaching agents and ingredients that, if not used properly, can harm the gums. Over-the-counter options include:

  • Gels
  • Chewing gum
  • Rinses
  • Whitening Toothpaste
  • Paint-on Films
  • Whitening Strips

These options contain less hydrogen peroxide so results will be not as noticeable or may take extra time to achieve. If you decide to use over the counter options, do so carefully as to not irritate or harm your gum tissue.

To learn more about teeth whitening or to book an appointment for an in-office whitening, contact DS Dental today to book your consultation.

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