Understanding Different Teeth Whitening Methods And Their Effectiveness 

23 / 06 / 2023

Sometimes, due to no fault of our own, teeth can become stained and dirty. Dental teeth whitening is a relatively new treatment which is used to brighten and whiten teeth for enhanced aesthetic appeal. There are several teeth whitening treatments available to people who wish to dazzle their family, friends and acquaintances and become more confident in their smile. Over-the-counter options, in-chair teeth whitening treatments and take-home kits can all be used to achieve a similar result. In this blog post we highlight the differences between each of these three treatments so that when it comes to decision-making time, you are appropriately equipped to choose the option most suitable for you. 

Over-The-Counter Teeth Whitening Treatments 

Whitening toothpastes, gels and whitening strips can be purchased for a modest fee from your local chemist. These products are generally applied to the teeth and left to settle for a short duration. Their active chemicals activate after this duration and, when washed off or removed, leave the teeth underneath sparkling white. If over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments are not applied properly, however, they will not be as effective as an in-chair teeth whitening treatment. They may also take several applications to work effectively. 

In-Chair Professional Teeth Whitening 

In-chair professional teeth whitening is becoming more popular and is by far the most effective teeth whitening treatment available. Dentists have access to stronger teeth whitening chemicals and use their expertise at navigating the mouth to apply teeth whitening agents correctly and comprehensively. Results tend to be faster with in-chair professional teeth whitening and treatments can be tailored to a patient’s specific needs or to match their general complexion. 

Take-Home Teeth Whitening Kits 

Dental professionals also usually offer take-home teeth whitening kits as a solution for teeth whitening requirements. A custom-fitted tray is provided by the dentist and is filled with professional grade teeth whitening gel before being affixed to the teeth and left to settle. These treatments are incredibly convenient and can be reused using the same custom-fitted tray. They do require some level of commitment and consistency, however, to be used effectively. 

The Cost of Teeth Whitening Treatments 

Of all the teeth whitening treatments available on the market, by far the most affordable are over-the-counter treatments. Take-home teeth whitening kits cost the second-least and in-chair professional teeth whitening is the most expensive. 

Results of Teeth Whitening Treatments 

The efficacy of teeth whitening treatments will depend on the severity of the stains of a person’s teeth as well as their natural colour. Factors like age and genetics can also play a role in determining how effective teeth whitening treatments are. It’s important to maintain realistic expectations when investigating teeth whitening treatments and, if in doubt, come in to your local dentist for a teeth whitening consultation. 

Book an Appointment at Big Smiles Dental Today       

Teeth whitening treatments can leave you with a new sparkling smile and increase your confidence. If you have any questions about teeth whitening treatments or if you are due for a general check-up please don’t hesitate to book an appointment at Big Smiles Dental today.