Making Sacramento’s Smiles Brighter and Whiter
Everyone wants a brighter, whiter smile, which is why there are so many products on the market to help you achieve one. From different products to a variety of whitening methods, how do you chose which option will work the best for you? Our team is happy to help you understand the difference between professional whitening from your dentist, and over-the-counter products, including in-office treatment and at-home methods we use at DiTomasso Dental.
Professional In-office Whitening
These whitening treatments are performed during your visit to our office, in which we apply a whitening agent in the form of a gel to the surface of your teeth. Generally, you can expect your treatment to take about 90 minutes, and you will notice results by the time you leave the office.
Options for Whitening At Home
We can provide you with custom-made trays, which you fill with our professional strength whitening gel and wear over your teeth. The science behind the gel is that peroxide molecules break down, helping to whiten your teeth. This process can be done in the comfort of your home, and typically takes ten to fourteen days, though some patients see results in just three to five days.
Other over-the-counter methods for whitening include paint-on whiteners, strips, and special whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes. These methods are generally less expensive, but also less effective than professional whitening options. Many over-the-counter options affect surface stains, so depending on the level of whitening that you need, these may be effective.
No matter what option you choose, be sure to speak to your dentist before use to ensure that your teeth are healthy enough for whitening and that the method will provide the results you desire. Ask us about smile whitening today!