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Teeth Whitening in Salt Lake City

Teeth whitening is a highly sought-after treatment due to its ability to enhance the brightness and whiteness of one's smile. It is widely popular among individuals aiming to achieve a more confident appearance. Finding the right solution can be challenging due to the abundance of options available. A consultation with Allan S. Thomas can help you determine the next steps in utilizing teeth whitening as a solution for your cosmetic dentistry needs. Here, we will explore all available options to determine the most suitable treatment for your specific circumstances.

Methods for Teeth Whitening

There are several teeth whitening methods that are utilized today, ranging from over the counter and do-it-yourself options, to full in-office treatments. To help familiarize you with the options available, below are the most popular methods, listed from least to most effective.

  • Whitening toothpaste and/or mouthwash: The most common method for whitening teeth is also the least effective, primarily because it is the least expensive option. Whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes contain mild abrasives that help remove surface stains from teeth. However, it's important to note that these products do not actually change the natural color of the teeth.

  • Painted on teeth whitening: The second option mentioned is a cost-effective over-the-counter teeth-whitening method. The gel used in this method is applied to the tooth using a small brush or applicator. The gel undergoes a hardening process, transforming into a film that covers the teeth. This film serves as a temporary whitening solution and eventually dissolves within the mouth.

  • Teeth whitening strips: Whitening strips have gained significant popularity as a teeth whitening solution over the years. The working mechanism of these devices involves the utilization of thin plastic strips that are coated with a film of hydrogen peroxide on the inner side. To apply a strip, you place it on both the upper and lower teeth. It should be pressed firmly to ensure proper contact. Whitening strips are a cost-effective option, albeit more expensive than paint on whiteners. Teeth-whitening strips come in a range of options, offering different strengths of the hydrogen peroxide agent. They also have different ranges of time allotments. Some may be twice a day for 10 days, while others may be once a day for 14 days.

  • Tray whitening: Tray whitening involves the use of custom-made trays and a whitening gel, which are provided by a dentist. The process involves applying a whitening gel onto custom-fitted trays that are designed to fit securely over your teeth. Hydroxyl radicals are responsible for the whitening of stained teeth. This occurs when a peroxide-based gel breaks down, leading to the removal of stains. Tray whitening usually takes from 10-14 days, with results appearing as early as 3 to 5 days.

  • In-office whitening: In-office whitening procedures typically last around 90 minutes and can be scheduled at Allan S. Thomas Dentistry. A whitening gel is used to treat teeth discoloration and is applied directly onto the surface of the teeth, similar to other teeth whitening methods. A light device is used in conjunction with a whitening agent to help achieve a whiter and brighter smile.

Teeth Whitening Consultation

If you’re looking for a whiter smile, contact Allan S. Thomas Dentistry today. We can go over the various options and determine which whitening method is the best for your specific needs. Schedule an appointment today!