What You Need to Know About the Teeth Whitening Process

Posted on: January 2, 2018

We all need teeth whitening procedures at some point. Having a great bright smile can go a long way in leaving a good first impression on people and making them feel at ease around you.


Unfortunately, maintaining that smile isn’t always easy since our teeth tend to lose a lot of their shine as we age. The problem is further compounded by less than ideal eating and drinking habits; coffee, processed foods that have a lot of artificial coloring, and sodas are some of the main culprits when it comes to staining our teeth.

Fortunately, the advances made in dental care have made it possible for you to have flawless teeth at a relatively affordable cost. Getting the smile you deserve has never been more attainable as long as you take the time to learn everything about the process of teeth whitening.

Who shouldn't use teeth whitening?

Despite the fact that most teeth whitening products result in little to no side effects in most people, there is a segment of the population that should avoid them. This group includes women who are breastfeeding, young children who still have baby teeth, and people who suffer from any type of gum disease. People who underwent certain teeth restoration procedures won’t see any results since teeth whitening won’t change the color of crowns or fillings.

Over-the-Counter teeth whitening options

  • Toothpaste: Whitening toothpaste is quite effective when it comes to teeth whitening, but it won’t be able to bleach your teeth. It offers great value for money and is very easy to use.
  • Strips: Using strips is by far the most effective method as far as DIY teeth whitening is concerned. By attaching the strips to your teeth for 30 minutes per day for 2 weeks, you will get impressive results that can last for months.
  • Gel: The result that you will get from gels will depend on the strength and potency of the product that you chose. Generally, if you pick a decent product you can expect a result that is comparable to what strips can provide.
  • Rinses: Whitening mouthwash is not a very effective method since the peroxide amount is too small and is only in contact with your teeth for less than a minute.

Professional teeth whitening products

  • GLO Science Professional: GLO features a mouthpiece and gel combo that proved highly effective in whitening patients’ teeth. The mouthpiece helps contain the oxygen in the treatment area and enhances the effect of the gel. The procedure takes less than an hour and the results are impressive and long-lasting.
  • BriteSmile: This has been the go-to product for dentists for over ten years. It uses a combination of blue light and whitening gel to achieve stunning results. The neutral PH level makes it the ideal option for people with sensitive gums.
  • Opalescence: This brand offers one of the most potent whitening gels on the market. With a peroxide concentration that reaches 40%, this in-office treatment gel is far stronger than any over-the-counter option.

Contact Legacy Dental Care at  (714) 893-8517 to find out what the best teeth whitening options are for you.

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