Teeth Whitening in Norwood
Strip, trays, pastes, pens… there’s no lack of options when it comes to whitening your teeth. But how do you know which is safe, effective, and right for the types of stains you have? Easy! Visit our office for an evaluation. You should always visit your dentist prior to beginning a whitening program. Only a professional can determine whether whitening is the right solution for you.
When you visit our Norwood, MA dental office prior to whitening, we’ll examine your teeth and gums, checking for signs of cavities or gum disease. Resolving these issues before whitening will ensure your comfort and prevent future issues from arising.
Types of Whitening
In-Office Whitening: You might be familiar with this popular method. It involves a potent bleaching gel applied to the teeth. The gel penetrates the tooth enamel and oxidizes, breaking apart staining compounds. After just one whitening session in our dental office, your teeth can be noticeably lighter.
Take-Home Whitening Trays: The trays we create in our office are designed from impressions taken of your teeth. Unlike over-the-counter trays, they hold the gel flush against the tooth enamel, which prevents spotting or uneven results. We give you a bleaching gel, available in different strengths, with which you line the trays. Professional-strength bleaching gel lightens teeth up to several shades.
Over-the-Counter Whiteners: Several drug-store products for whitening exist. If you have minimal staining, the dentist may recommend trying one of these methods. Patients can expect their teeth to lighten one or two shades with over-the-counter strips and trays.
Whitening Toothpastes: Whitening toothpastes often fail to deliver the results they promise. Many times they contain abrasives that can actually damage teeth when overused. In order for bleaching agents to be most effective, they must contact the teeth for extended periods of time, which is why professional whitening works best.