The Best Teeth Whitening Options Available

Medically Reviewed By
Jonathan G. Campbell, DDS, FAGD
One of the top rated Dentist in Salt Lake City, UT
Before and after teeth whitening image

It’s no surprise that teeth whitening is the top cosmetic dentistry procedure – it’s fast, easy, and affordable.

But there are several methods out there, so which are the best teeth whitening options for you?

Maybe your teeth are looking duller than you remember (even yellow), or perhaps you have an important event coming up…

Whatever your reason, we’ll help you find the best ways to whiten your teeth!

How does teeth whitening work?

Sometimes brushing and flossing isn’t enough, and you may see stained teeth or a yellow-looking smile. In this case, teeth whitening may help you.

Teeth whitening typically uses a bleaching agent to break down the stains and create a whiter smile.

There are several teeth whitening options available:

  • In-office bleaching
  • At-home bleaching kits
  • Microabrasion
  • Over-the-counter whitening

Now let’s go over the basics of each:

In-office bleaching is done in the dentist’s office using a customized system and completed under the dentist’s supervision.

At-home bleaching kits allow for whitening at your convenience with custom-made trays and a safe whitening solution. This is done at home but with the guidance of the dentist.

Microabrasion removes discoloration and stains from teeth using a special material that gently removes the stained layer. This is offered in the dentist’s office.

Over-the-counter whitening options are available in stores and online, including DIY whitening strips. This is done at home.

So which of these should you use?

What’s the best teeth whitening for you?

The best teeth whitening option for you is based on your goals, time, and budget.

If you’re looking for the fastest, safest, and most effective way to whiten your teeth, then in-office teeth whitening is your best option.

Professional teeth whitening takes the least amount of time, and it also lasts the longest.

You should schedule a consultation with your dentist to see if teeth whitening is right for you.

How long does teeth whitening last?

Teeth whitening lasts 1-2 years on average, but this depends on the method of whitening and your daily habits.

Factors that affect how long teeth whitening lasts include the foods and drinks you consume and lifestyle choices like smoking.

You’re in luck, though.

Dentists offer touch-up kits to keep your smile white for a longer period of time!

This is all excellent news, but there is one thing worth mentioning:

Some patients experience sensitive teeth after professional teeth whitening.

While this is temporary, we’ll help ease any discomfort you feel and even help you prep for your in-office whitening appointment to reduce this.

How to help sensitive teeth after whitening.

Even before treatment, your dentist can help determine if you have sensitive teeth and treat the issue if caused by grinding, cavities, or gum recession.

Patients must have healthy teeth and gums to be candidates for professional teeth whitening, and those with sensitive teeth should check with their dentist for the best whitening methods.

If you experience sensitive teeth after whitening:

  • Avoid whitening your teeth for some time.
  • Use toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
  • Use a soft-bristle brush and lukewarm water.
  • Avoid hot or cold temperature food or drinks for a few days.

While teeth sensitivity after whitening is a common occurrence, we’ve gathered some tips on ways to prevent teeth sensitivity before your treatment.

Now that you’re equipped with the basics, are you ready to get started?

Get teeth whitening in Salt Lake City.

We all know a smile plays a huge role in our everyday lives, and it’s one of the first things others notice about us.

If you’re feeling self-conscious about your smile because of staining or discoloration, then our team at Legacy Dental can help you find the best teeth whitening option for you.

When you change your smile, you improve your confidence and life! Let us help you on your journey.

What do clients say about our dental practice and cosmetic dentistry?

“With my previous dentist, I felt like I was at a car dealership. Always pushing a procedure that needed to be done, which I was fully aware of but financially couldn’t afford. Here, the staff take their time in explaining things. I never felt rushed.” -Bret S.

We’ve got more to share:

View our smile gallery to see our real client cosmetic dentistry results.

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