You don’t have to look very far at all to find a product that promises to whiten your teeth. Trays, strips, gels, gum, toothpastes, mouthwashes – even some models of toothbrushes and dental floss claim to whiten your teeth. Some of these products show before and after pictures, but what guarantee do you have that your teeth will see the same benefits as the model’s teeth?
Despite the labels and the marketing, most of these products do not work as advertised. In fact, only a fraction of all available tooth whitening products truly improve the color shades of your teeth. How can you tell the ones that work from the ones that don’t?
Rely on the Tooth Whitening Authorities!
The best way to find out which whitening products work and which ones don’t is by doing research and testing. The average consumer, however, does not have time or resources to try out all the different products out there. Thankfully, the American Dental Association (ADA) takes it upon themselves to do all the research and testing for you. They set guidelines and result thresholds that any viable tooth whitening product must meet to gain their recognition and approval. For your convenience, they have a list of approved products on their website. Not all products on their site work at the same rate, however – nor do they offer the same effectiveness.
The most convenient authority to contact is the Placerville Dental Group. We keep up to date with products approved by the ADA that successfully whiten teeth. We also use proven products and methods that are not available over-the-counter. At your next appointment with your Placerville dentist, let them know you want to look into teeth whitening.
Placerville Tooth Whitening Procedures
Your Placerville dentist starts with a cleaning, and then performs an exam designed to gauge the current whiteness of your teeth. After determining the current level of whiteness, your Placerville dentist goes over the results with you and discusses what level of whiteness you’d like to achieve – a minor improvement of 3 to 5 shades lighter, or a stronger improvement. After that determination, your dentist offers recommended procedures to best meet your desired improvement. Together, you choose the best option to suit your needs.
This may involve an in-office treatment or a custom-designed tray method for use at home. An in-office treatment only requires an hour to perform and produces instant results. The custom tray method has at-home convenience and provides significant results in 7 to 12 days. Depending on what you and your dentist decide, a combination of both procedures may be the preferred choice.
To get a whiter and brighter smile, we recommend you take the first step by contacting the Placerville Dental Group. You can reach us by phone or schedule an appointment here on our website. Let’s find out how we can improve your smile with whiter teeth!