Most people agree that your smile is the first thing people notice about you. Since this is the case, it is very important that you keep your teeth looking clean and healthy. However, over time, teeth often lose their bright white shade and become dull and yellowed. If you are not happy with the way your teeth look, you may want to consider teeth whitening in Melbourne. Of course, many different systems for whitening your teeth are available today. Before deciding on a specific treatment, it is a good idea to know what options are available and how they work.

1 - Whitening Toothpastes and Rinses

When you are looking for teeth whitening products, you will quickly find that whitening toothpastes and rinses are a popular option. One of the reasons they have become popular is because they are so affordable. Toothpastes work to remove stains by using mild abrasives on teeth. Some even include chemical agents in them to offer further whitening. Keep in mind that only surface stains can be removed with these toothpastes, which means you will only experience about one shade of lightening over time.

Rinses are also a popular choice because they are so easy to use and reasonably priced. They work in much the same way as other mouthwashes. They work to prevent gum disease, reduce dental plaque, and provide fresh breath. Other ingredients are also included to provide whitening as you use the rinse. Manufacturers claim that you can see results in 12 weeks of using the rinses, but like the toothpastes, the results usually are minimal.

2 - OTC Whitening Gels and Strips

Over the counter whitening, gels and strips are also teeth whitening options to consider. While they are more expensive than rinses and toothpastes, they still are reasonably priced, making them a popular choice. The whitening strips are thin strips that are placed on the teeth for about 30 minutes at a time. Usually they contain whitening gel with peroxide that helps to remove stains. Strips can be used for 14 days and usually offer results that last for several months. The whitening gels also include peroxide and are applied right to teeth with a brush. Results show up in several days and last for several months as well.

3 - Tray Whitening Systems

Two different types of tray whitening systems are available today. Some trays are provided to you by your cosmetic dentist and offer strong bleaching solutions. Usually the options your dentist provides are fitted for your mouth, making them more comfortable than other options. The other type of teeth whitening trays can be purchased over the counter. They also include a bleaching agent, but the agent isn’t as strong as the agent used in trays provided by a dentists. OTC trays are also more uncomfortable, since the trays are not specifically fitted to your mouth.

4 - In-Office Whitening

Last, you have in office whitening. Several different teeth whitening techniques can be provided in-office. Most dentists offer in office bleaching. For this procedure, bleaching agents are applied right to teeth and then heated with special lights. Sometimes a cosmetic dentist in Melbourne may offer laser whitening treatments in office as well. The benefit of having teeth whitening done in a dentist’s office is that the results are usually long lasting. While they cost a bit more, you will be able to enjoy whiter teeth that stay whiter longer, which can save you money over time.

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