A Tooth Whitening Shopping Guide

woman sitting in grass smilingIf your pearly whites, well, aren’t–blame it on caffeine, candy, prescription drugs or aging, all of which dull the
gleam. You might want to whiten your teeth more than is possible through regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups.Whiten and brighten dingy teeth with high-tech treatments in your dentist’s office or over-the-counter bleaches you use at home. Here are your options:

Chair -side bleaching or “power bleaching.”

In your dentist’s office, bleach is put on your teeth. A special light or a laser may be used to help the bleach work better. Ask your dentist if the bleaching agents have the seal of acceptance of the American Dental Association (ADA).

Professionally dispensed bleaching solutions.

You get these peroxide products from your dentist, but you use them at home. The solution is placed in a mouth guard or tray that fits inside your mouth around your teeth. You can brighten your teeth by about six shades, with long-lasting results.

Over-the-counter, TV, and Internet products.