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.
GLO Science™ Professional Teeth Whitening
Look younger, boost your self-confidence, and empower your smile with GLO® Whitening!
GLO technology guarantees you the whitest, brightest smile in the dental office and at home. The best part about GLO? In clinical studies, 0% of the patients who used the GLO Science whitening system experienced painful “zingers” commonly associated with other professional teeth whitening procedures.
- Fast appointments using patented GLO technology with the most dramatic results and little to no sensitivity.
- In-office treatments are fast and don’t use impressions or messy trays. In just 32 minutes, your teeth can be up to five times whiter and you will be GLOing!
- You can use professional GLO technology in the comfort of your own home alone or after in-office whitening for ongoing maintenance.
- The newest and easiest way to whiten on the go. Brush on to whiten anytime, anywhere. No strips, no trays, no sensitivity!
What makes GLO so special?
G.L.O. Guided Light Optic Technology
The patented GLO mouthpiece combines LED light and heat resistors in a closed system, which prevents oxygens from escaping the teeth. With each application the mouthpiece warms up to the optimal temperature to accelerate and activate the process for quicker, more efficient results. You get optimal whitening results without the sensitivity!
G-Vial Whitening Gel Delivery System
The patented GLO Whitening G-Vial has a unique brush tip that allows for a precise application that targets only the teeth. The uniquely formulated gel does not migrate onto the soft tissue and gums, which are often more sensitive than teeth. The G-Vial is hermetically sealed, keeping the gel fresh until opened.
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.