Compare Your Teeth Whitening Options

Everyone wants a brighter smile, but how do you choose between all the teeth whitening options out there? Consider your choices, listed here in order from least to most effective.

Whitening Toothpaste

Toothpaste contains mild abrasives that act like tiny scrubbers to remove surface stains. Whitening toothpaste features an additive such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, so it not only removes surface stains but also lightens the color of your teeth a few layers deep. Still, even the most effective whitening toothpaste only lightens your teeth by one shade.

Over-the-Counter Whitening Rinses

The purpose of all mouthwash products is to freshen your breath and fight gum disease by killing bacteria. Whitening rinses provide the added bonus of lightening your teeth. Hydrogen peroxide is a common ingredient to accomplish this. However, most manufacturers say it takes 12 weeks of daily use to see the teeth whiten just one shade, which comes as no surprise because the whitening agent is only in contact with your teeth for 60 seconds at a time.

Over-the-Counter Whitening Strips

Drugstore shelves are lined with over-the-counter teeth whitening solutions, including thin, flexible strips coated in peroxide-based gel. Consumers apply these strips to their teeth for 30 minutes per day or as directed on the package. After a few days, the teeth should whiten by two to three shades with results lasting for about four months.

Over-the-Counter Whitening Trays

This option is similar to strips, but users wear a mouthguard-style appliance filled with a peroxide bleaching agent while they sleep. Depending on the level of tooth stains and desired whitening effect, daily use may be required for up to four weeks or even longer.

Prescription-Grade Whitening Trays

Stronger whitening products are also available from your dentist. Zen Dental Center offers Philips Zoom NiteWhite take-home treatment consisting of 22 percent carbamide peroxide for quick, safe results.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

Zen Dental Center also offers Philips Zoom in-office teeth whitening , the number one patient-requested professional whitening brand available today. This solution uses advanced LED light-activated technology to whiten your teeth up to eight shades in a single 45-minute procedure!

To enjoy the best results, choose Philips Zoom in-office teeth whitening at Zen Dental Center in Seattle. Then, maximize the effects by using Philips Zoom NiteWhite take-home whitening after your in-office treatment. These treatments can whiten your smile by a combined average of 11 shades!

To learn more, or to schedule a teeth whitening appointment, please contact us today at 206-324-1100.

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