Salt Lake County Dentist Talks Affordable Whitening

Having a healthy and straight smile is worth fighting for every day. Brushing, flossing, and rinsing your mouth with a fluoridated mouthwash is your best defense, but even a perfectly healthy smile may not be white. Naturally (that is, with absolutely no help from whitening agents), your teeth will appear yellow, no matter how clean or healthy they may be. Our society presents an unnaturally white standard as “normal” and even “natural”, when naturally teeth could never reach the whiteness that is now viewed as normal.

Regardless of how “natural” the bright white smiles of today may or may not be, if you are not satisfied with your naturally yellow smile, . For this reason, we offer several types of whitening treatment that are safe and will achieve the results you want. Talk to your local dentist about which whitening solution best fits you.

​Zoom Whitening

Zoom Whitening is the fastest and most effective way to whiten your teeth. The perfect candidate for zoom whitening would be a bride or groom the day before their wedding because zoom whitening is FAST. Requiring only one hour to complete, Zoom whitening is powerful and permanent. However, even if you don’t have a big event coming up, zoom whitening is a great option for everyone. With no negative side effects like sensitivity or burning gums in most cases, zoom whitening will brighten your smile by up to 8 shades.

How does Zoom Whitening work? After your “dentist near me” applies the hydrogen peroxide-powered gel to your teeth, he or she will expose your teeth to a UV light. The procedure consists of 3-4 sessions lasting 15 minutes each, which is why this is the fastest whitening treatment in the world, requiring only about one hour to complete.

Patients who use Zoom whitening see their results last many years, but your results will last longer when you avoid highly pigmented drinks like red wine, coffee, and sodas. Other ways to avoid staining your perfectly zoom whitened teeth is by always drinking through a straw, avoiding contact with fresh berries or strongly colored candies, and using a fluoridated mouthwash and toothpaste.

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Professional Gel Whitening

Many people use whitening trays to gradually reach the level of whiteness they desire. Your “dentist near me” will take an exact mold of your teeth in order to create a tray that fits your teeth perfectly. Using your professional grade whitening tray, you will apply a hydrogen peroxide-powered gel (provided by your local dentist) that will gradually lift stains from your enamel permanently.

The whitening strength of the gel which your Platinum Dental Care dentist prescribes will match the speed with which you would like to whiten your teeth and the level of whiteness you wish to achieve. Stronger concentrations of hydrogen peroxide will whiten your teeth faster, but you will run a higher risk of burning your gums or experiencing sensitive teeth.

Whitening gel is the most common teeth whitening procedure because it is safe, effective, and affordable. Over the counter whitening trays and gels work similarly, but expect to have a lower concentration of hydrogen peroxide and a more generic, clumsy whitening tray (as an OTC whitening tray cannot be an exact fit). Talk to your “dentist near me” for more information about getting your professional whitening tray made.

​Whitening Strips

One of the most common over-the-counter whitening options are whitening strips. All whitening strips use the same active ingredient to permanently lift stains from the surface of your teeth, hydrogen peroxide. Pay attention to the information on the packaging of the whitestrips you compare at the store--higher percentages of hydrogen peroxide will whiten your teeth faster.

Can you reach the level of whiteness you wish by whitening at home with white strips? Absolutely! Just be prepared to buy more than a few packages of strips in order to make a noticeable change in the color of your teeth. Professional whitening gels will be twice to three times as powerful as any over-the-counter whitening agents, and the stronger the whitening gel the faster you will reach your desired results.

​Risks Associated with Whitening Teeth

A common misconception about teeth whitening is that it can permanently damage your enamel. The reality is, however, that teeth free of stains are just as strong as their naturally yellow counterparts. Teeth whitening can have temporary negative side effects like mild tooth sensitivity and sore gums, but within 1-2 weeks those symptoms will disappear.

If you experience burning gums while using professional whitening gel or white strips, adjust the placement of your whitening agent to avoid contact with your gums to avoid this uncomfortable side effect. If your teeth become sensitive to hot or cold foods, begin using a fluoridated toothpaste or mouthwash in order to strengthen your teeth and minimize your sensitivity.

Another common side effect of teeth whitening is a stomach ache. This can happen if you accidentally ingest some of the whitening gel. If your stomach begins to hurt while whitening your teeth and you believe you may have swallowed some whitening gel, call poison control immediately.

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​Dentist Near Me

Schedule an appointment with a Utah dentist and discuss the most affordable whitening option for you. No one approach to whitening fits everyone, so talk with your dentist about which option best fits your desired results and timeline. Contact Platinum Dental Care at 1-801-806-4704 to talk to a friendly staff member and schedule your dental cleaning or whitening appointment.