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These can be done at home or at the dentist
Effectiveness and prices will vary
A brighter smile can be had in days or weeks

One of the most, if not the most, popular requests for cosmetic dental work is tooth whitening. Having a mouth that is free of stains or yellowing is a great confidence booster. It can be difficult since there are many foods and drinks that can greatly diminish the brightness of one’s smile. Also, as one ages, the more their teeth yellow due to their enamel wearing down and the dentin in their teeth getting darker.

Dentistry has answered the call for improvements in the technology of this particular area. When it comes to getting whiter teeth, there are a variety of ways to achieve this, with varying costs and effectiveness. One can do this at home, with the guidance of a dentist, or even with procedures in the dental office that can have near-instant results.

Here are some of the ways that people can whiten their teeth:

Toothpaste and Mouthwash

There are a lot of toothpastes out there that market themselves as being able to whiten teeth. One shouldn’t expect instant miracles with this method. It’s a gradual process – the toothpaste usually contains baking soda and other ingredients that slowly remove teeth stains. People doing it via this method tend to see results in a few weeks.

The same could be said of mouthwashes – which have a low concentration of hydrogen peroxide, another element that can help people gain whiter teeth. What makes this part a slow process is that the patient swishes the mouthwash for 30 seconds per time and even if done twice daily, that is still very little contact for each dose. Again, one should expect whiter teeth in a matter of weeks, not days. These are the least expensive of the options.

Whitening Strips

These strips, which can be picked up at nearly any pharmacy or store that sells dental products. Major brands have their own. One takes a strip and covers the upper or lower part of their jaw with it and keep it there for as long as directed, which is typically 45 minutes to an hour.

Since the strips have a longer period of contact than the toothpastes and mouthwashes, they tend to get faster results. One problem is that each person had a unique situation and these over-the-counter strips are more one-size-fits-all kind of thinking since these are for a mass audience. These also cost a bit more than the earlier options.

Professional Whitening

A patient can also go to the dentist’s office and have their teeth whitened there. One option is for the dentist to give them customized trays with a whitening gel. The trays are like mouthguards -l they get filled with the gel and then the patient wears them for the prescribed amount of time.

The dentist can also use a special bleach and light technology that can be done in the office and the patient will leave with a much more noticeably bright smile than when they came in.

The in-office professional ones are the most expensive, generally about $500 a visit, but they also get the best results in the shortest amount of time, which is a factor in the price, as well as the professional-grade material used.

Dr. Barry LeJeune and his staff at LeJeune Dentistry know that each patient has a unique situation. That’s why he and his staff will work closely with each patient and ensure that they get their teeth whitened both expeditiously and to their complete satisfaction.