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Teeth whitening: Methods

Tooth whitening methods and products

Written by south Florida cosmetic dentist Dr. Jeffrey Lissauer, serving Boynton Beach, Delray Beach and Palm Beach

You have a few options when whitening your teeth, all with different pros and cons:

One hour teeth whitening in a dental professional’s office:

Your dental professional will first make sure you are a good candidate for tooth whitening.  Then, you can whiten your teeth in the dental office in an hour using Zoom® or Brite Smile®.  They are similar tooth whitening methods; both use a liquid gel applied to your teeth and a high-powered light to quicken the process for immediate results. At the end, you are also provided with trays (discussed in detail below) that allow you to periodically whiten your teeth at home.

Pros of Zoom® and Brite Smile®:

  • Fastest way to whiten your teeth
  • Predictable results
  • A dental professional will be with you every step of the way

Cons of Zoom® and Brite Smile®:

  • More costly typically
Whiten your teeth at-home using trays:

You can whiten your teeth at home by wearing plastic trays that precisely fit your teeth. Your dentist will first make sure you are a good candidate for tooth whitening. Then, custom plastic trays will be made for you that snugly fit over your teeth.  You will brush a liquid gel inside the tray and then wear the tray for around two hours a day. In around two weeks, your smile will look brighter and whiter.

Pros of at-home trays:

  • Whiten your teeth predictably and accurately
  • Trays precisely fit over your teeth, so your teeth will whiten evenly
  • A dental professional will make the trays for you, instruct you on using them, and monitor the results

Cons of at-home trays:

  • Slower than one hour tooth whitening done in a dental office
Whitening strips bought in the drugstore:

You can buy whitening strips (like Crest Whitestrips®) in the drugstore and wear them for around an hour a day for a few weeks.  They are one-size-fits-all.  Thus, they don’t perfectly fit your teeth, but they do slowly work.

Pros of whitening strips:

  • Relatively inexpensive, but they do work

Cons of whitening strips:

  • Take a longer time (weeks) for whitening to occur
  • They don’t precisely fit your teeth
  • You still should consult with your dentist to ensure you are a good candidate

About the teeth whitening experience at Lissauer Dental

Our office has been in the Boynton Beach and Delray Beach area for twenty-five years. Over this time, teeth whitening has become an extremely common procedure in our practice and, quite honestly, with great success. With the technology available today, teeth whitening has become very predictable and obviously much quicker with options like Zoom®. If you are interested in brightening your smile, we are more than happy to meet with you for a complimentary whitening consultation. We offer Zoom, which is completed in our office in about an hour while you watch your favorite shows on our ceiling mounted TVs. With Zoom, we also provide complimentary custom trays that you can use at home for future touch-ups. In addition, we provide you with a complimentary tube of teeth whitening gel for those touch-ups. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consult, please feel free to contact us:

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