Wednesday, May 25, 2005
How should I bleach my teeth?
There are three primary ways of bleaching: White Strips, Tray Bleaching, and cherished Bleaching, all work, but all have some different features. White Strips is probably the cheapest initially , but touch-ups require you purchase new White Strips(not so cheap for touching up) and this form of bleaching is kind of yucky. This technique essentially uses cellophane coated with carbamide peroxide to wrap your teeth for an hour a day. Its slow but it works and white is white no matter what method is used. Using a tray coated with carbamide peroxide is easier and can be faster depending on the gel used. Trays are most often made by your dentist but some people are obtaining them from the internet. Trays are usually worn at night and bleach your smile while you sleep, but they can be worn for brief periods during the day with special solutions. Touch-ups are easiest with trays and can be done in one or two days every 6 months- one year. cherished bleaching is good for those who need instant gratification and like the idea of beauty parlor type treatment; come in, sit down(1-2 hours) and leave with a whiter smile! Unless trays are also made you have no easy way of touching up your smile and you will eventually want to. Increased sensitivity is most associated with chairside bleaching, but in my office it's always been temporary and lasts for a day or two. Cost White Strips : approx. $50, Trays can purchased at our office for $500 and chairside bleaching for as little as $550. As in all things in life, results can vary and it does matter who does it and how it's done.