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How does teeth whitening work?

Do you hesitate to smile when entering a room filled with people? Whether you are at a job interview or in a social setting, having discolored teeth can be uncomfortable and detract from first impressions. If you are self-conscious about your teeth, consider having your teeth whitened. It is the most simple and effective way to change the appearance of your smile and overall look. Having whiter teeth can also take years off your face and give you back the confidence you’ve been looking for. 

Are you ready to take your smile to the next level? Today there are many different methods of teeth whitening. The fastest and most popular is laser teeth whitening. This method is performed by a dental professional and involves placing a hydrogen peroxide gel on the teeth and then activating the gel with a LED light or laser. The biggest payoff with this method is that it takes just roughly 45 minutes for the procedure and results are immediate. You can literally get your teeth whitened during your lunch break!

Another option is tray based whitening. An impression is taken by your dentist and then trays are made of your teeth in the form of a mouth guard. You then apply a concentration of peroxide gel to the trays and wear the mouth guard for the length of time that is instructed by your dentist. Generally speaking, if you apply the gel and wear the trays every day for about 30 minutes, you will see really nice results within two weeks. The effect happens gradually, with your teeth becoming a bit whiter over time. The benefit of using trays is that they cost about half the price of a laser teeth whitening. However, you do have to continue buying the peroxide gel and do the work of wearing the trays.

You have probably seen teeth whitening strips in stores or even procedures offered in your local mall. Be careful to fully research the effectiveness of these methods and their safety. Some over the counter teeth whitening products are not only ineffective, but have been deemed harmful. 

No matter which method you choose, it is always best to first talk with your dentist about your teeth whitening needs and concerns. They can discuss with you the variety of options that are available. Discover which method fits best into your schedule and budget. 

Taking time each day to smile or laugh brings endorphins and peace into your life. And don’t forget, smiles are contagious…so don’t wait, smile today!

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