Methuen Teeth Whitening Options
Everyone wants a white, bright, dazzling smile that can make a great first impression or stand out in a photograph. Our teeth reflect a lot about our own personal hygiene and whitening can help people have the best first impression possible. When your teeth are stained and yellow, people may think that you don't brush your teeth or care for your health. This can make the wrong impression, fast. Whitening however, can be down quickly and affordably and the options are plenty!
Whitening Toothpastes- Almost all major toothpaste brands have whitening toothpastes among there assortments. Sensodyne, Colgate, Crest, Arm and Hammer, and other top brands may even offer multiple types of whitening toothpastes. Always look for the ADA Seal for safe toothpastes that do not contain bleach. These toothpastes remove the surface stains from teeth to help brighten up your smile; however, they do not remove stains from tobacco or other substances because they cannot penetrate the tooth to change the color.
At-Home Bleaching- Whiteners that contain peroxide can be sold over the counter at most drug or grocery stores. These kits typically come as a gel that you squeeze into trays and put over your teeth or whitening strips that stick onto your teeth. These are mid-grade bleaching methods because they are not medical quality chemicals like what you would be treated with at the dentist office. Some dentists will be able to offer at home bleaching kits that are more effective than over the counter options.
In-Office Methuen Teeth Whitening- Your dentist office is the place to go for the best results for teeth whitening that will penetrate the surface of the tooth to bleach stains caused by food, tobacco, wine, or age. In-Office treatments vary from dentist to dentist however many use a combination of bleaching gel with trays and light treatment to brighten and whiten teeth quickly. Chairside bleaching generally only requires one visit but for people with extensive staining, more than one appointment may be necessary to achieve the desired results.
Before trying any teeth whitening treatment yourself, especially an at-home method, make sure to consult with your dentist. Stains on your teeth may be more serious than just a coffee addiction, some stains may be signs of tooth decay or worn away enamel.
If you have any questions, or would like to discuss whitening further, please cal our office at 978-683-3343.