There are all kinds of ways to get a whiter, brighter smile. You can choose to do the work yourself with a home kit, or you can head to your dentist for a professional treatment.
Which option is best for you?
Read on and find out!
1. Over-the-counter products
These do-it-yourself kits are the cheapest way to whiten your teeth, which is why they’re so popular. There are a variety of kits that use everything from gel, to strips, to trays, to special “pens”. No matter which one you choose, though, you’ll be applying a hydrogen peroxide mixture to your teeth.
When you whiten your teeth at home, you have to be careful. If you apply too much of the mixture, you can wind up damaging your enamel. Plus, these kits can be a whole lot messier than they look on TV!
2. Prescription kits
If you’re afraid to go it alone with a home kit, just talk to your dentist! He can prescribe a kit that you can use at home. But, since your dentist will be involved, he can give you specific instructions on how to use it – or even do the first application for you, so that you know exactly what to do!
These kits are stronger than their over-the-counter counterparts, which means they’re also more expensive.
3. In-office chairside bleaching
If you don’t want to do any of the work yourself, you don’t have to. Instead, your dentist can use a prescription kit himself during an appointment. That means you’ll know everything is being done correctly!
4. In-office light activated bleaching
Also known as “laser bleaching”, this is the most expensive teeth whitening technique. But contrary to its name, your dentist won’t use actual lasers. Instead, he’ll use a combination of hydrogen peroxide, special compounds, and a modern blue light spectrum halogen, an LED light, or a plasma arc light.
Because of everything involved, this technique can be a little uncomfortable. However, it’s totally safe and will give you great results – which is why so many people are willing to put up with a little discomfort to get it!
In the end, you’ll have to decide if it’s worth making a trip to the dentist to get whiter teeth. Before you make a final decision, just remember that your dentist will give you a professional cleaning and a physical exam first – meaning that you’ll know your teeth are in perfect condition before you start bleaching them. You won’t get that when you go out and buy a kit yourself.
Joanne Lemke is a final year creative writing student at UOW, who is looking to break into the corporate copywriting space once she graduates and hopefully go on to eventually some day write a book around her other passions, namely beauty, cooking and travel.