Teeth Whitening

Everyone dreams of a bright, white smile that lights up the room. After all, your smile is one of your most noticed features! Because a white smile is such a common goal, there are many products and techniques available that all claim to help you achieve a brighter smile. However, with so many different options, it can be difficult to find the method that works best for you — or to find a method that works for you at all!

Thankfully, there is always one true constant you can rely on, which is that the best way to begin any teeth whitening regimen is always to schedule an appointment with your dentist and discuss your options for in-office professional options, and at-home whitening that is approved and recommended by real dentists.

Teeth Whitening

In-Office Teeth Whitening

The first professional option is commonly referred to as “in-office” teeth whitening. As the name would suggest, this procedure is performed from right here in our office. In this process, your dentist will apply a specialized, powerful whitening gel to the surface of your teeth. Compared to over-the-counter whitening treatments that claim instant results, this special material is far more potent, trusted only for use by professionals. Because of this increased potency, you really will see immediate results after your 90-minute office visit.

At-Home Teeth Whitening

When you first consult with us regarding your smile goals and desired brightness level, you have the option of using one of the many different at-home whitening options available at Earwood Dentistry. This allows you all the comfort and convenience of an over-the-counter treatment with all the high-quality materials and expertise of professional whitening treatment. At Earwood Dentistry, we offer:

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Tray bleaching is a type of professional whitening process that uses custom-made trays filled with a specialized whitening gel available only through your dentist.

As you wear these trays, the peroxide in the gel begins to break down, allowing hydroxyradicals to help whiten stained teeth. Unlike whitening strips, this process will whiten all of your natural teeth. While an in-office whitening session may show results in only 90 minutes, at-home professional tray whitening generally takes ten to fourteen days to show significant improvement, though results may be visible in as little as three days.

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Many existing over-the-counter whitening options are commonly referred to as a “paint-on” teeth whiteners.

While these inexpensive whiteners can be purchased over-the-counter and are therefore readily accessible in drug stores, they are significantly less effective than whitening strips and other professional options. These whiteners consist of a gel that is applied directly to the tooth using a small brush. This gel hardens into a film that coats the teeth and dissolves in the mouth. As with any other teeth-whitening option, it’s important to consult with a dental professional before choosing paint-on whiteners as your desired whitening regimen.

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Whitening strips are thin, flexible plastic made of polyethylene that contain a thin film of hydrogen peroxide on one side.

These whitening kits tend to come with two different kinds of strips, those for the upper teeth and those for the lower. The whitening agent comes into contact with the teeth by placing the plastic on the teeth, making sure the side with the gel is facing the surface of the teeth. There are many brands of whitening strips available, with inconsistent results. Generally, these strips need to be worn for 30 minutes a day, twice a day, and there is no set expectation for when results will begin to show. Compared to professional options, these strips can be uncomfortable, ineffective and time-consuming, but they remain a popular teeth whitening option for many.

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The least expensive option for those seeking to whiten their teeth is a whitening toothpaste or mouthwash.

These products claim to be able to remove surface stains using mild abrasives, thus “whitening” the teeth. However, unlike the materials used in professional whitening procedures, these products do not actually lighten the actual shade of the tooth. Rather, these kinds of toothpaste and mouthwashes only affect surface stains, so those seeking to permanently brighten their natural smile will prefer a more potent method to achieve their desired results.


To learn more about teeth whitening, or to discuss which regimen might work best for you and your smile goals, call our office today at (919) 847-8413 or schedule your initial consultation through our website.

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