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Do Teeth Whiteners Really Work?

Chances are, you’ve seen promising ads for teeth whiteners while watching TV or flipping through a magazine and asked yourself this question: do teeth whiteners really work? After all, the promises made in ads seem too good to be true. Just apply this strip for ten minutes and your teeth will gleam like Snow White’s! And yet, the celebrities toting these products certainly have white teeth, so something must be working.

The real answer is this: yes, teeth whitening can work quite effectively, but results vary widely based on which technique you choose. Let’s take a deeper look at a few different whitening methods to determine which ones really get the job done and which ones are all hype.

Method 1: Over the Counter Whitening Strips

A number of excellent studies have examined the effectiveness of over the counter whitening strips, and the results are mixed. It’s true that some do really work if you use them consistently over an extended period of time and do frequent touch ups.

The problem here is in how we define “working.” Yes, OTC whitening strips can give you visibly whiter teeth, but they often do so using relatively harsh methods. The real question isn’t whether they work, it’s whether they’re safe. Without the supervision of a dentist, patients are likely to leave strips on too long or place them ineffectively, stripping enamel from their teeth and damaging their gums. Overuse of these strips weakens the structure of the teeth, and eventually they can become translucent.

What’s more, there’s really no one-size-fits all solution for whitening. While an over the counter whitening tooth might work fine for one tooth, they often don’t work well for grey teeth. Your dentist, on the other hand, will have a number of customized strategies for every tooth color they encounter.

Method 2: In-Office Zoom Whitening

Zoom Teeth Whitening is the most trusted and cutting edge approach to teeth whitening today, which is why so many dentists trust the technology to get the job right. When you choose Zoom, your dentist will direct a strong light at your teeth, coupled with an intensifying activating gel that can’t be found over the counter. The treatment is so effective that in a single one-hour session your teeth will be up to 8 shades whiter.

Of course, the Zoom a far safer technology than at-home OTC white strips as well, as the Zoom has adjustable intensity settings to account for any tooth sensitivity. When you work with your dentist, he or she can design a highly targeted and customized plan that’s customized to fit your unique teeth, any sensitivities and your whitening goals as well. Your dentist will work around your gums to prevent any damage there, too, making for an approach that’s far safer all-around.

Method 3: Take-Home Whitening

Alternatively, if it’s the convenience of at-home whitening that attracts you, we can prepare custom whitening trays for you to take out of the office and wear for up to 2 hours at a time. These again are much safer than white strips as the trays are molded to fit the individual layout of your mouth, thereby protecting your gums. You’ll also receive explicit guidance from your dentist rather than winging it on your own.

So, do teeth whiteners really work? Yes! But if you’re really looking for the best results, head to your local Burlington dentistry for a highly targeted and customized approach that really works. Contact us today to book your appointment or learn more.