There are numerous methods of whitening your teeth on the market, but naturally your goal should be to whiten your teeth in a sustainable fashion, as we have discussed on the blog. Not all the products you’ll find out on the market fit with the tenets of sustainable tooth whitening, so I have put together a quick list ranking the top three most sustainable ways to whiten your teeth (I’ll update the list as new products become available):
- In-Office Tooth Whitening – Bleaching treatments provided in the dentist’s office, particularly light activated bleaching treatments, provide dramatic whitening, the best color stability, have the shortest active whitening period (usually just one treatment), and your dentist can help you manage potential negative side effects to your teeth.
- Dentist Supervised Home Tooth Bleaching – Tray whitening treatments offer profound tooth bleaching, great color stability, have a relatively short active whitening period, and many whitening gels have close to a physiologic pH. Additionally, your dentist can help provide you with excellent fitting bleaching trays designed to lock in the bleaching gels to focus on brighting your smile (contamination from saliva can reduce the effectiveness of bleaching agents).
- Crest Whitestrips Sheer White Teeth Whitening Strips – Although it is more difficult for whitening agents to penetrate into teeth with whitening strips, these also provide great whitening, good color stability, and Sheer White in particular are fantastic because their neutral pH will produce less sensitivity and less harmful side effects than the other at home bleaching options you’ll find in your local pharmacy.
The first two options may be a little more expensive, but don’t be afraid to invest in protecting the long term health of your smile. I know this post is brief, but I’ll be going into more depth with the benefits of the different types of sustainable tooth whitening in future posts.