Types Of Teeth Whitening Procedures

Teeth whitening procedures offers an affordable and non-invasive way to elevate peoples’ smiles. It is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry trea...

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Teeth whitening procedures offers an affordable and non-invasive way to elevate peoples' smiles. It is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments to lighten the natural color of the teeth. Dental health statistics show that Americans spend nearly 2 billion dollars every year to keep their smiles looking bright.


Apart from giving confidence, teeth whitening helps remove teeth stains that can appear due to aging or excessive cigarette and coffee intake. A dull smile hurts and becomes a common source of insecurity for many people. Teeth whitening procedures boost confidence and remove teeth discoloration. It is a reliable treatment if done in consultation with the dentist.


Many people also use over-the-counter bleaching products to whiten their teeth. Continue reading to know the types of teeth whitening procedures and weigh their pros and cons for making an informed decision. So, let's get started.


Type 1: In-office whitening


In-office teeth whitening is a professional way of teeth brightening. It helps reinvigorate a smile by removing teeth discoloration and giving quick results. Unlike many home-use systems, in-office whitening procedures are safer and take place under carefully controlled conditions.


In-office teeth whitening uses two main products to brighten the teeth. These are carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide. With the help of these products, combined with a special light, laser, or heat, the results can be visible within 30-60 minutes. However, several dental appointments might be needed for this procedure to achieve dramatic results.




  • A convenient way for teeth whitening.
  • Safer than other methods.
  • Efficient and quick.
  • Brightness lasts longer.




  • Costly than other methods.
  • Any dental ailment or gum disease must get treatment before using a teeth-whitening procedure.
  • Various dental sittings are required.


Type 2: Whitening toothpaste


Who doesn't like a bright smile by removing teeth stains that make it dull? Some kinds of toothpaste are also available that help removes teeth stains and give a brightening effect. These kinds of toothpaste use a unique formula to brighten the teeth. They contain chemical or gentle polishing agents that remove surface stains. However, they do not contain bleach and can only help lighten the teeth' color by about one shade.




  • Helps remove teeth stains.
  • Staining easily comes off adequate brushing upon consuming dark food or drink.




  • Does not help with deep-set stains.
  • It might be more abrasive.
  • Tooth sensitivity might result from continuous usage.


Type 3: Over-the-counter whitening products


Many grocery stores or online shops have over-the-counter whitening products to brighten teeth. These products include whitening strips, bleach trays, paint-on liquids, or whitening toothpaste. The concentration of bleaching agents in these products is lower than what your dentist would use in the office.


But still, it works, and many people use it. It is best to discuss with your dentist before using these products as they might be harmful to some teeth. Also, look for products that come with the ADA Seal of Acceptance.




  • A super convenient way to brighten the teeth.
  • A helpful method for treating troubling spots.




  • Whitening products have a short shelf-life.
  • They don't work on bonding material, veneers, bridges, or dental crowns.




If you are unhappy with the state of your teeth, then why not consider a teeth whitening procedure to elevate your smile? Teeth whitening results are never permanent. However, if you want to maintain the results, you'll need to brighten their time and again. Discuss with your dentist to avail the best treatment suited to your dental health.


Contact your dentist in Walnut Creek, Dr. Tiziana Procopio Towle, DDS at Procopio Dental Office to take information on teeth whitening procedures.




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