If you’ve visited your local pharmacy or food store, you probably have noticed the vast amount of teeth whitening products on the aisles. Gels. Strips. Specialty toothpaste. Teeth whitening products run the gamut. And along with the dizzying amount of choices comes confusion about which products to use.
Understanding tooth discoloration
There are a few causes and types of tooth discoloration:
External — This occurs when the outer layer of the tooth (the enamel) is stained. Coffee, wine, cola or other drinks or foods can stain teeth. Smoking also causes external stains.
Internal — This is when the inner structure of the tooth (the dentin) darkens or gets a yellow tint. You can get this type of discoloration for a variety of reasons including trauma, too much exposure to fluoride during childhood and rare health conditions.
Age-related — Teeth naturally yellow over time. The enamel that covers the teeth gets thinner with age, which allows the dentin to show through.
Damage-related – Chips or other injuries can discolor a tooth, especially when the pulp has been damaged.
Teeth Whitening Options
Whitening toothpaste has mild abrasives that remove stains on the outer layer of your teeth. They contain carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide that help to lighten teeth on a deep level. With a whitening toothpaste, you can typically get your teeth to lighten up one shade.
Whitening Strips and Gels
Teeth whitening strips and gels use peroxide that comes in direct contact with your teeth. You typically place the strip or gel on your teeth and results are seen in three to seven days with results lasting up to four months.
Whitening rinses (similar to mouthwash) typically include hydrogen peroxide. Used daily, whitening rinses might take up to three months to see results.
Tray-based tooth whiteners can be purchased over-the-counter or from a dentist. They are guard-like trays with whitening solutions that contain bleaching agents. They are typically worn for a few hours daily for around four weeks before seeing results.
In-office Teeth Whitening
With only 30-60 minutes of treatment, in-office teeth whitening is usually the quickest way to see results.
We are proud to be a certified GLO Science dental practice.
We are proud to be offering our patients the very best teeth whitening experience and results available anywhere – with faster appointments, superior results, and little to no sensitivity. We offer a variety of GLO teeth whitening options that fit your lifestyle and whitening needs, available exclusively through certified GLO dental practices like ours.
With GLO DUAL WHITENING you can get dramatic whitening results in under an hour during one visit to our office. Then, you can go home with the same award-winning device we use in the office, along with professional strength GLO whitening gel, and continue whitening at home for the longest lasting, most stable whitening results you can get.
Invented by celebrated dentist and oral health expert, Dr. Jonathan B. Levine, GLO Science is backed by 18 patents and 8 patents pending, and is a four-time recipient of the prestigious Thomas Edison Award. GLO Science is responsible for modernizing the dental practice and transforming the way patients and consumers approach oral health and teeth whitening.
G.L.O. (Guided Light Optic) technology has revolutionized whitening by addressing the compromises of other whitening systems. The GLO Brilliant Teeth Whitening Device, when used with the Whitening G-Vial Gels and Whitening Mouthpiece, illuminates with a brilliant blue light as it gently warms. The heat accelerates the whitening gel inside the closed system mouthpiece, resulting in faster, more efficient, and longer lasting whitening without the sensitivity. It is clinically proven to whiten teeth by five shades in as little as five days with little to no sensitivity. We call this the GLO difference.
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