Types of Teeth Whitening Methods

Many people are satisfied with the sparkle they get from brushing daily with a standard fluoride-containing toothpaste. If you decide you would like to go beyond this to make your smile look brighter, there are several ways in improving the whiteness of your smile:

In-office bleaching

At-home bleaching

Whitening toothpastes

Tooth Whitening Methods Comparison

Dentist Tooth Whitening
45 minutes to 1 hour

  • immediate results
  • safe &comfortable
  • performed by dental professional

Home Bleaching Kits
7 to 14 days

  • self-applied
  • use of trays
  • no immediate results

Whitening Toothpastes
1 month plus

  • results fade if stop using toothpastes
  • used for superficial stains only

In order to whiten teeth, either a low concentration whitening agent for a long period of time (such as with home bleaching kits) is done, or a higher concentration whitening agent for a short period of time (such as with professional teeth whitening treatments) may be done.

Tooth whitening treatment only works on natural teeth. For individuals where tooth whitening is not suited, cosmetic porcelain veneers are alternative treatment option that provides a guaranteed shade of whiteness in whitening teeth.