Teeth Whitening: Trays vs. Strips vs. Professional Whitening

by: Roy Smith, D.D.S.

Several people have been asking me about tooth whitening lately, so I thought it would be a great topic to explore here in the blog. The rise in the number of questions I’m getting about whitening treatments probably has something to do with the rise of options on the market – whitening toothpaste, trays, strips, mouthwash, professional options – there’s no question that teeth whitening is on peoples’ minds. 

Here are a few things to consider if you are planning to whiten your teeth:
No option is “best” for everyone. Some people can get great results with a few uses of whitening strips; others may need something more intensive. The best option for your specific smile can often vary based on the kind of stain you are trying to treat. Some are better for simply whitening your teeth a few shades, while others are better for specific stains. Choosing the wrong one can potentially make matters worse, as some treatments can make spot-stains look even more noticeable rather than less.

My best advice? Ask your dentist before you decide something on your own. We’ll give you our honest opinion on what will work best for your smile.

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