There are many products and techniques available for patients who want to achieve a brighter smile, and with so many options available, it can be difficult to choose the method that is right for you. The best way to begin any teeth-whitening regimen is to schedule an appointment and talk to your doctor about the differences between in-office professional whitening and at-home whitening.
TouchWhite™ Tooth Whitening with LightWalker®
Get great, natural-looking tooth-whitening results in just one treatment with TouchWhite tooth whitening and LightWalker dental laser! TouchWhite is a fast, gentle, and minimally invasive laser-assisted tooth-whitening system now offered by Drs. John Foore and Geetha Srinivasan at The Gentle Dentist.
Due to the TouchWhite LightWalker’s unique laser wavelength (Er:YAG), the laser is fully absorbed in the whitening gel and does not penetrate to the pulp of your tooth or gums. This makes for a more comfortable experience in comparison to standard laser-assisted whitening methods. It also allows you to whiten your teeth five to ten times faster than with other whitening methods without the worry of damaging your tooth structure or gums.
The TouchWhite Treatment Process
Whitening your teeth with TouchWhite is a simple two-step process. Before your tooth-whitening treatment begins, you’ll choose the shade of whitening that will look most natural for your smile. Then, the whitening gel is applied to your teeth and is activated by the LightWalker laser. Your results will be visible immediately after the treatment; no waiting or multiple appointments to get the white smile you want!
TouchWhite is the most effective and least invasive laser-assisted whitening method available. In comparison to standard laser whitening, the TouchWhite whitening method has been proven to be more comfortable while achieving the same or better whitening results. Also, because the whitening agent stays on the tooth for less time, you’ll experience increased safety and comfort.
If you are interested in improving the look of your smile with teeth whitening, contact our Trappe, PA dental office and schedule an appointment with Dr. Foore or Dr. Srinivasan!
At-Home Teeth Whitening
Tray bleaching is a type of professional whitening that uses custom-made trays and whitening gel only available through your dentist. The whitening gel is placed in custom-fitted trays that fit perfectly over your teeth. As the peroxide in the gel breaks down, hydroxyradicals help whiten stained teeth. Unlike strips, this process whitens all your natural teeth and may contain ingredients intended to provide maximum comfort. At-home professional tray whitening generally takes ten to 14 days, although you may notice results in as little as three to five days.
Paint-On Teeth Whiteners
There are many over-the-counter teeth whitening options, and one type of readily accessible whitening products is commonly referred to as a “paint-on” teeth whitener. Paint-on whiteners can be purchased over-the-counter and generally are less expensive and less effective than whitening strips or professional options. Paint-on teeth whiteners consist of a gel that is applied to the tooth using a small brush. Paint-on whitening gel hardens into a film that coats the teeth, and dissolves in the mouth. As with any teeth-whitening regimen, it is wise to consult with a dental professional before use.
Teeth-whitening strips are thin, flexible plastic (polyethylene) strips with a thin film of hydrogen peroxide on one side. Whitening strip kits come with two types of strips: strips for the upper teeth and strips for the lower teeth. The whitening agent is applied by placing the strips across your teeth and gently pressing the strips to ensure contact with all your teeth. Teeth-whitening strips are typically worn for 30 minutes a day, twice a day. The duration of treatment will vary.
Whitening Toothpaste and Mouthwash
The least expensive options are whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes. Designed to have “whitening” capabilities, toothpastes and mouthwashes work to remove surface stains using mild abrasives. However, unlike the materials used in professional whitening procedures, these products do not lighten the actual color shade of the tooth. Whitening toothpastes affect surface stains and will mildly lighten your teeth.
If you would like to learn more about teeth whitening, please contact our practice to schedule an appointment.