Everyone wants a white smile these days. But not everyone can afford professional whitening treatments. Fortunately, there are a number of over-the-counter whitening products on the market today. While they take several weeks to work, they, too, can produce good results, for a fraction of the cost of a professional treatment.
Whitening strips are placed on the front surface of the teeth for a specified amount of time. They contain peroxide, which bleaches the teeth by breaking down stains on and under the surface of the teeth, whitening the teeth over time.
A peroxide-containing whitening gel is placed into a tray that fits over the teeth. The tray is worn for a specified amount of time, often overnight. OTC kits come with a one-size-fits-all tray, which can be less effective if it does not fit the teeth correctly. For better results, many patients get a customized tray from their dentist that is custom-made to fit their mouth.
Whitening toothpastes do not generally work like other whitening treatments. Most do not contain peroxide, the bleaching agent, so they do not actually “bleach” the teeth. Instead, they contain abrasives that scrub the teeth and can remove minor surface staining. As a result, they are used more as maintanence to preserve white teeth after other whitening treatment has been performed.
For help finding a whitening treatment that fits your budget, contact our tooth whitening specialist in Beverly Hills.