AUTHOR NOT DR - Comparison of Various Tooth Whitening options
Dr. Stewart C. Brody has been practicing dentistry in Long Island, New York since 1986. His experiences have made him aware of what patients want and the concerns they have about getting it. Dr. Brody noted that one of the primary concerns many of his patients have about their smile is how white and bright their smiles are. There are many options on how to go about getting a whiter and brighter smile, but some of them are better than others. Dr. Brody was considerate enough to give his professional opinion about which options are the best ones available. This is a brief review of the tooth whitening options available, but if you are interested in beginning your tooth whitening treatments you should call (516) 482 - 2215 to make an appointment to see Dr. Brody.
The tooth whitening options that will be discussed are: whitening pastes, OTC (over-the-counter) options, in-office treatments take-home treatments, and dental veneers.
Whitening Tooth Pastes:
Many tooth whitening pastes often times do not get you the results that they promise on the box. That is not to say that they do not work, but if your only treatment is to use Crest Whitening toothpaste you will not get that Hollywood smile that you want. If you are going to use tooth whitening pastes be sure that the one that you use contains PEROXIDE. Peroxide is somewhat effective at removing some surface stains, but can really add some shine to your smile.
Cons: Ineffective whitening treatment.
Most OTC options include whitening strips which are essentially wraps for your teeth. They are typically more expensive than whitening pastes, and have the potential to be more effective than whitening pastes. They are more likely to cause teeth and gum irritation than pastes, which make them a poor long-term whitening solution.
Pros: More effective than whitening pastes
Cons: Relatively expensive (~$50/month), may cause irritation, not for long-term use
There are two major in-office treatments done for teeth-whitening services: laser whitening/stain removal and bleaching. In office treatments offer the most dramatic whitening option in the shortest time, and the treatment is handled by a dental professional. It is one of the more costly options available, but in-office whitening treatments are one of the most effective treatments around and require little post-op maintenance which is always a plus.
Pros: Fast and effective, long lasting, little maintenance
Cons: May be expensive
Take-Home whitening options must be handled by a dentist. The treatments typically take about two-weeks, administered 1-2 times daily for ~30 minutes, to whiten teeth, and the results last approximately 6 months. If you can handle self-treating, this is one of the best options available for you. The results are similar to that of in-office treatments, but are significantly less expensive. There is some risk of tooth and gum sensitivity with take-home treatments, but if it occurs it usually is resolved within a day or two of stopping the treatment.
Pros: Effective, cost
Cons: may take up to ~2 weeks to complete treatment
Dental veneers are a great tooth-whitening option for extreme cases. Dental veneers are the most expensive option available, but they are extremely durable and stain resistant so it’s a great option if you want to get your teeth white and not worry about them again.
Pros: Tooth coverings stay white for 8-10 years or more depending on oral hygiene,
To begin the process of getting your teeth whiter, call Dr. Brody at (516) 482 - 2215 and make an appointment today.