With the passing of time, our teeth become discolored through aging, staining, or chemical damage.
However, often you may be able to address discolored teeth through a simple and cost effective whitening treatment. The cost is reasonable enough to make it worth considering as a first step to a more aesthetic smile.
A whiter smile is definitely more attractive. Many people gain increased confidence in their interaction with others when they can smile without hesitation. It can give you that positive first impression when meeting business clients or interacting socially.
There are several options for whitening your teeth depending on how quickly or thoroughly you want them treated.
The main choices are listed here from the least effective to the most effective.
- Teeth Whitening Toothpaste – This actually scrubs or polishes rather than truly whitening the teeth.
- Teeth Whitening Strips – These are usually simple to use and are actually effective at whitening the teeth. One negative is that they can take a while to produce noticeable results.
- Teeth Whitening Gels and Trays – These, also, are effective and they are definitely less expensive than dentist-assisted whitening. The whitening solution is not as strong as what your dentist is able to use, so the results will usually take longer to see. Also, you may experience a greater discomfort because of the limited tray size options.
- Dentist-assisted whitening – While this may cost more, you will have the benefit of professional assistance, individualized tray sizes, and much quicker results.