Hoek Esthetic Family Dentistry, in Virginia Beach, offers multiple options for teeth whitening:
On-the-go bleaching trays
They are lowest in their bleach concentration, so perfect for teens or young adults who may not have much to lighten. They are disposable and intended to be worn over the course of 10 days.
Custom bleaching trays
This entails coming in for impressions that are then sent to a lab to fabricate a custom set of trays that is individualized to each patient. The bleach is a stronger concentration that the disposable type and given in gel tubes. It is inserted throughout the custom tray and worn for an hour over several days, depending on the desired shade. This option allows the trays to be worn whenever the patient feels their brightness may be dulling.
We recommend in-office teeth whitening as the safest, fastest and most effective option for our patients. The dentist will block out the gums with a light-cured barrier, so the bleach is only applied to the teeth. Then, the bleach is applied directly to the teeth. In-office bleaching usually consists of 2-3 cycles of applying the bleach and rinsing it off. Each cycle goes approximately 20 minutes, depending on the patient’s preferences.
DIY whitening options
There are a few at-home remedies that may provide some tooth lightening, but do not expect the results to compare to the professionally rendered services discussed above.
A paste of baking soda can be made and brushed onto your teeth to scrub away the exterior stain. Typically this is not recommended to be done more than once per week.
Another way to lighten teeth at home is to take a preventative approach. If you know you’re going to consume food or drink that are known staining agents, you can block their penetration into your tooth surface by coating the teeth slightly.
An easy method to do this is to eat cheese and allow it to coat the tooth surface prior to consuming the known staining agent.
Likewise, drinking or eating anything that will keep your mouth well hydrated and lubricated can also decrease stain accumulation. Water can be swished and sipped on throughout the day, or chewing a sugar free gum will produce excess saliva, which can help create a well hydrated oral environment.
Lastly, consuming abrasive foods such as celery, apples and leafy vegetables can help remove the plaque or biofilm layer on your teeth and therefore decrease the stain potential.
All of these options result in noticeably whiter, brighter teeth. To improve your smile by several shades with just one treatment, contact us today!