When we ask our patients if there is anything they would like to change about their smile, the #1 answer we get is that they would like their teeth whiter.
The most effective way to whiten your teeth is by using custom made trays and the professional take home gel we have in our practice. We also offer the one hour “in office” whitening, but it is usually necessary to continue with trays at home to achieve the results patients want.
There are also 2 common questions/myths we always get asked about with regards to whitening:
Does whitening cause harm to enamel?
There is some alteration on the microscopic level with regard to softening of tooth structure after whitening, but no erosion of the enamel was ever found in a series of studies using various concentrations of professional whitening gels. However, it is recommended to stay away from food/drinks that can stain teeth while you are whitening such as red wine, coffee, tea and some berries.
Do you need to use a light to help whiten your teeth?
No. Light activation offers no benefit whatsoever to the whitening process. It does not change the amount of stain lifted out, nor does it have an impact on the longevity of whitening or on the amount of sensitivity that may be experienced during treatment. Many studies have compared the results of in-office or one hour whitening with and without the light and no difference has ever been found.