Teeth Whitening Abington & Jenkintown, PA
Teeth whitening or bleaching products brighten teeth that have been stained or darkened by food, tobacco use, age or injury. There are a variety of in-office and take-home teeth whitening products to reduce or eliminate such stains. What are your options for teeth whitening at McDowell Dental Group in Abington and Jenkintown, PA?
Professional Teeth Whitening in Abington and Jenkintown, PA
In-office teeth whitening, also called chair-side bleaching, takes place during a series of appointments at a dentist’s office. Advantages of the in-office option over take-home whitening include:
- Professional supervision
- Strongest/highest percentage bleach available
- Safe and simple
Take-Home Bleaching Products
Take-home bleaching solutions can help improve the color and overall brightness of teeth. These kits are simple and can be just as effective as, in-office treatments if used correctly. Dentists provide patients with customized impression trays and whitening gel, the use of which improves the appearance of teeth over a period of time. Take-home bleach is available in various strengths which affect the length of time the bleach trays should be worn. Take-home bleaching can be used consistently until the brightness level desired is achieved.
Over-The-Counter Teeth Whitening Products
Various over-the-counter products, such as whitening toothpaste and bleaching strips, are advertised as being effective teeth-whiteners. However, although based on the same science as professional bleaching, the concentration of effective ingredients tends to be much lower, lengthening treatment time and often not providing the level of whitening desired.
Whitening procedures are effective but not permanent. Depending on the procedure used, whitening may fade over time. Patients are advised to avoid food and drinks that may stain or darken teeth.