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Bleaching your teeth isn't as easy as the media would lead you to believe. The first and easiest way is the Crest White Strips, professional strength. This is also the most cost effective way to whiten your smile. Another option is Tray Whitening, also referred to as Take Home Whitening. This is longer lasting option that allows the patient to have control over the amount and rate at which whitening is accomplished. In-Office whitening is for rapid same day results. This is great for the patient that wants instant gratification. Take home trays are included and recommended to continue the bleaching process, as well as, allow the patient to "Touch Up" as needed. The results for each of these options will vary depending on the shade of your teeth when you begin the whitening process.
Before you whiten your teeth you should visit your dentist for an exam to make sure that your teeth are healthy enough for whitening. The doctor or hygienist will be evaluating your teeth for decay, gum recession, sensitivity and the condition of the existing restorations in your mouth. The age of the patient is another consideration; a teenager’s teeth are generally more sensitive than those of an adult. The pros and cons of this procedure should be discussed with your dental provider. Be aware the results will vary depending on the type of whitening you choose. The fastest results will come from In-office Whitening. Tooth sensitivity after bleaching is possible and since your existing restorations can’t be bleached they may need to be replaced after the desired shade is reached.