The Cure for Summer Teeth Discoloration

This summer’s water ice and iced coffees you consumed on those hot city days have likely left your teeth with some undesirable stains. Luckily, there are plenty of teeth whitening solutions in Philly to satisfy every budget. From one-hour bleaching sessions at your dentist’s office, to home-use bleaching kits from your local drugstore, these tips will help you to find the solution that’s best for your teeth (and your wallet):

  • Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening: The cheapest and most convenient of the teeth whitening options, an over-the-counter teeth whitening kit can be purchased at your local Target or CVS. The kit features a bleaching gel (which is a lower concentration than those of professionally dispensed take-home kits), which is then applied to the teeth via whitening strips, or paint-on applicators. The cost of a kit varies depending on the brand, but you can find them for as low as $20.
  • Professional Take-Home Whitening: You can purchase a professionally-dispensed, take-home whitening kit from your dentist. Typically, impressions are taken of your upper and lower teeth in order to create your trays, which resemble mouth guards. Your dentist will show you how to dispense the solution into your trays. It’s typically recommended that you use it for one hour a day for two weeks and then for touch-up as needed, although some brands are available for use overnight. A professional take-home whitening kit is the middle-of-the-line pricing option, around $200-$400.
  • In-Office Whitening: In-office teeth whitening is a procedure done by a dentist or trained technician. First, the dentist or technician will protect the gums with a rubber dam. Then, he or she will apply a carefully-controlled, high-concentration peroxide gel in 15 to 20 minute intervals that add up to an hour (at most). In-office whitening is a great choice if you’re seeking significant color change in a short period of time. However, it is the priciest of the options, averaging around $500 per visit.

There are many different teeth whitening options out there, and it may take some trial and error to figure out which works best for you! To learn more about teeth whitening, contact Doylestown dentist Chalfont Dental Care, at 8 Meadowbrook Lane, Chalfont, PA 18914, 215-822-6234.

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