TEETH WHITENING PART 1: HOW DO YOU GET WHITER TEETH?

There are a number of ways to get whiter teeth.  Let’s go through them.

There are a number of ways to get whiter teeth.  Let’s go through them.

CLEANING

First off, are your teeth clean?  Is last week’s (month’s) mac n’ cheese sitting between your teeth?  Take a long, hard, honest look at yourself in the mirror. Do you need a cleaning?  If you have plaque/tartar/bacteria sitting all over your teeth, no act of G-d is going to get it whiter.  You need a cleaning dude. If you haven’t one in 6 months, or, if Obama was president, or, you can’t remember your last cleaning, the time is now!

Also, some staining is best removed via a cleaning.  Drink a lot of coffee? Tea? Red wine? Smoke a pack a day?  Do you dip? Chew betel nut?  There is a good chance you have brown stains on the front of your teeth and I can almost guarantee you on the back of your teeth.  The cavitron cleaning takes removes this type of staining best.  You will want to have a cleaning prior to moving on to any of the other options.

BLEACHING TRAYS

You can buy stock trays online or have custom ones made at the dental office.   Of course, the stock trays are cheaper and less comfortable. The custom trays are more expensive and fit very comfortably.  You apply some bleaching gel into the trays, and put the trays in your mouth. Wear for 30 minutes – a few hours (depending on the strength of the gel), and your teeth will gradually be whitened.  

The gels (typically carbamide peroxide) come in different strengths: 10%, 15%, 20%, 35%.  Depending on the strength you will vary the amount of time you wear the trays. Higher strength should be worn for less time and visa versa.

Upsides?

You are in control.

You can use it as often as you want.

Downsides?

Need to use a few times to see clear results.

Need to purchase bleaching gel.

CREST WHITE STRIPS

The active ingredient in these is equivalent to the whitening gel mentioned above.  You stick em on your teeth and let the gel soak in. Yes, I’ve heard they really work.

Upsides?

You are in control.

You can use it as often as you want.

Downsides?

The alternatives (bleaching trays and chairside whitening) will work a lot faster.  

IN OFFICE / ZOOM / “LASER” / CHAIRSIDE WHITENING

This is the easiest way to get results, fast.  Here’s what happens. You sit in the chair. Someone (probably a dental hygienist) loads your mouth up with cotton and this protective ‘dam’ to prevent your gums from getting burned.  Bleaching gel (usually carbamide peroxide) is applied to your teeth. A fancy light is set on your gel’d up teeth. Bleaching occurs. Usually for 1 hour.

Upsides?  

1 hour.  

Usually the most obvious results.

Downsides?  

Can make teeth sensitive.  Some people are more prone to sensitivity than others.  

Results may vary.

Results typically fade over time.  

 

(DETOUR PSA – Post Op Instructions For Zoom Whitening:

Avoid “staining” foods: red wine, marinara sauce, coca cola, gatorade… catch my drift?

The ideal post-whitening meal would be turkey and white American cheese on white bread with mayo and a glass of milk.)

 

That’s all for this week folks.  There is more to unpack next week in… TEETH WHITENING PART DEUX: THE SAGA CONTINUES!

In the meantime, Keep Smiling 🙂

Derek
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