One of the very first things that a person is going to notice about you is your smile. This can be for better or for worse, if you have beautiful, white teeth then it is a great thing. However if you have teeth that are yellow or have other stains, your first impression may not be the one that you want. The good news is that there are multiple ways that you can have your teeth whitened. This article is going to outline a few of the different methods that you can use to whiten your teeth but also talk about some of the benefits and other side effects.
Over The Counter Whitener
For most, an over-the-counter whitener may be the best solution. Over-the-counter whiteners are usually relatively cheap and do a decent job at whitening your teeth. Do not just buy the first whitener that you come across, however. Make sure that you check with your dentist.
When you start applying the whitener, it will usually come in strips that you put on your teeth. The whitening gel is on the inside of these strips, and you can plan on having the strips on your teeth for about 20 to 30 minutes. Different whiteners will require different time, but you can also expect the procedure to last at least a couple of days.
One of the downsides to this type of whitener is that the strips do not fit perfectly on your teeth. So, there is a possibility of some areas not getting as whitened. Overall, over-the-counter whiteners are a great way to try to whiten those teeth.
You can also choose to have your dentist whiten your teeth. The dentist is going to have access to some of the very best bleaches and teeth whiteners on the market. You can expect that the dentist will use a combination of whitener gel, but they may also utilize lasers and light to help lift some of the stains. The dentist will be pretty aggressive with the stains so you should be able to see results fairly quickly. Results do vary depending on how bad the stains were. Some clients will need only a few appointments while others may need multiple appointments.
One downside to using a dentist is that the gel can be so powerful that your teeth may be extra sensitive for a few days. Do not worry though because the sensitivity should be gone after just a few days.