Teeth whitening is a great way to improve your smile if you struggle with stained or discolored teeth. Dr. Rhodes at Hunt Valley Dental offers two ways to whiten your teeth quickly and easily.
The first method of teeth whitening is with the at-home whitening system. Dr. Rhodes creates a custom tray that holds whitening gel on the teeth. The patient can wear this tray while sleeping at night or for 45 minutes to an hour during the daytime. After approximately one week, patients will notice significant whitening of their smiles. With this method, the patient can control how much whitening they want by how many gel applications they use. The more applications, the whiter the teeth get. If your teeth whiten slowly, then more applications may be necessary to achieve the desired results. For patients with either very deep or extensive staining, Dr. Rhodes recommends what he refers to as his deep whitening protocol using slightly different material and a particular type of tray to achieve more substantial results.
Dr. Rhodes does not recommend In-office Whitening such as Zoom due to the high level of sensitivity patients experience and the possible level of a rebound where the staining comes back.
Teeth whitening results can be maintained using whitening trays for one or two applications every six months. By periodically whitening your teeth with the at-home trays, you can help keep your whitened smile and keep the colors consistent.
Many patients ask about over-the-counter products for whitening. These products do not work as well as the systems offered at your dentist’s office. The best of the over-the-counter products are the Crest Whitening Strips.
Sensitivity is a common side effect when patients opt for teeth whitening and bleaching. However, Hunt Valley Dental offers several different products that can be put into the whitening trays to decrease or eliminate the sensitivity. Patients can also consider Tylenol or Motrin if they are experiencing sensitivity. Otherwise, most patients will whiten their teeth without any side effects whatsoever.