You might find yourself wanting to quickly whiten your teeth during the holiday season, whether it is for a family gathering, holiday office party or other special event. Nowadays, there are several means to whiten the teeth that are effective, simple, and fast. Below are a list of whitening options:
Prefilled Whitening Trays
These trays give better results than over the counter whitening strips and do not require impressions in the dental office. The trays are place in the mouth and are pressed against the teeth, allowing the whitening gel to adhere to the teeth. You can leave the gel for 15 to 60 minutes depending on the strength of gel that your dentist prescribes. The trays are designed to be used for 5 to 10 days.
Custom Whitening Trays
This method requires you to have impressions taken in the dental office in order to make trays that fit your teeth exactly. You can generally pick up the trays and whitening material a day later. You place the whitening gel in the tray and wear the trays for 30 to 60 minutes for 5 to 14 days, but you can also wear them overnight. The gel is made with ingredients that will whiten the teeth several shades while minimizing tooth sensitivity and gum irritation.
In Office Power Whitening
This involves having a high concentration whitening gel applied in the office. The gel is applied twice and allowed to sit on the teeth for twenty minutes per application. The results are immediate, with the teeth lightening several shades by the end of the appointment.
Whatever method you choose, your dentist will discuss with you what to do afterwards and what foods and drinks to avoid in order to maximize and prolong the whitening and keep your smile looking great.