There are multiple teeth whitening methods from which to choose. In addition to whitening strips which you can use at home, there are teeth whitening procedures that are safest when performed by a trained dental professional. These include gel whitening and laser whitening. Your ultimate choice should be based on the current condition of your teeth, your desired results, and the recommendation of your cosmetic dentist.
Traditional procedures involve the application of a chemical gel to your teeth. Dental professionals have access to gels that are stronger than those you can purchase at the store. Professional strength solutions offer better results and tend to last longer. An experienced cosmetic dentist knows how to use the gel without damaging the enamel and gums. The gel acts similar to a bleaching agent. You should expect to only have your front teeth whitened. Most dentists will not take the risk of damaging your gums trying to whiten teeth nobody can see.
Gel basically dries your teeth. This makes them appear lighter in color. Eventually your teeth become moist again and the whitening effect will diminish. For this reason, you will need to have the process done several times for a more long term outcome. Depending on the number of whitening sessions needed, you may end up paying more to have your teeth whitened than you expected.
Laser whitening works the same way, but your cosmetic dentist will use a laser to activate the whitening gel once it is applied to your teeth. This method typically results in a brighter smile than the traditional whitening method. In addition, you will see the desired results much faster. And they will last longer. The biggest disadvantage with laser whitening is cost. It is significantly more costly than traditional gel whitening approaches.
Some patients do experience some discomfort during the procedures. Patients with particularly sensitive teeth may choose laser whitening because fewer visits are required. It is best to consult with an experienced cosmetic dentist who can help you make an informed decision. If you want to find the best cosmetic dentist, you need to do a bit of homework.
You can search online to locate one near you. Many will have websites you can review so you know in advance the exact services they offer. Check with your state's dental board to verify they are licensed to practice dentistry. And review customer feedback to see what type of experience you can expect to have with a particular dental professional.