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Various Teeth Whitening Options

Various Teeth Whitening OptionsIf you are considering teeth whitening, as many people are these days, our Northridge dentist is ready to give you information about your options and work with you to meet your teeth whitening goals.

Our Northridge cosmetic dentist performs a variety of in-office whitening treatments, and can also give you options including at-home treatments or follow-up. There are several types of teeth whitening methods available, and each one has advantages and disadvantages.

The recent upsurge in the popularity of cosmetic dentistry has led to a variety of procedures being developed to whiten teeth. The most expensive, but also the most effective, require a dentist’s intervention, and are often performed in the dentist’s office. Less effective, but less expensive, are treatments which require you to perform some of the work at home, such as wearing trays with a bleaching solution for a certain number of hours per day. Finally, there are over-the-counter products available, but these are generally not very effective.

The simplest form of teeth whitening is toothpaste or other products applied with your toothbrush. Most of these “whitening” toothpastes contain some form of hydrogen peroxide, which provides some bleaching action on the teeth and may remove surface stains. However, these will not remove deep stains in the teeth.

For deep-down teeth bleaching, you must have the assistance of a dentist. In-office, or “chairside” treatments, are the most effective, and can reach the interior part of the tooth where deep stains reside.

One such treatment is the Zoom whitening system. This treatment uses a special UV light to enhance the action of the bleaching gel, and can be done in as little as 45 minutes.

Finally, a more permanent solution is to install porcelain veneers over your existing teeth. This will give you an instant, white smile, but will also cost the most of any type of whitening treatment.

Source: Dentist Northridge

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