The Best Solution for Teeth Whitening

The Best Solution for Teeth Whitening

When it comes to possessing a beautiful, confident smile, having pearly white teeth is essential. There are many simple and cost-effective means we can undergo to make our teeth a dazzling white. But the question truly is: what is the best solution for teeth whitening?

You may be surprised at all the different tooth-whitening options out there!

We’ll explore all the best solutions for teeth whitening so you can make the best choice for you and your smile.

What are my over the counter options?

There are several over the counter (OTC) teeth whitening products available from your nearest pharmacy or online retailer. These are popular with consumers since they’re safe, painless, relatively affordable, and fairly effective, at least in the short term. Many of these are even dentist recommended.

So what are the best OTC teeth whitening products?

Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips Kit

Crest popularized the at-home teeth whitening strips around the turn of the century, and they’re still the go-to brand for many. The strips are individually wrapped and are flexible, adhering to your teeth with the whitening gel. The gel itself consists of about 10% hydrogen peroxide, a known effective whitening agent that is also enamel safe.


With both its PF 35% Whitening Gel and its Go 15% whitening trays, Opalescence has stood out in the dental industry for creating teeth whitening products that cater to consumer needs. The whitening gel is made with carbamide peroxide that you apply to your teeth with a syringe. The trays contain a gel that consists of 15% hydrogen peroxide, potassium nitrate, and fluoride.

Lumibrite 32%

Like some of the other at-home methods mentioned, Lumibrite requires the use of custom dental trays and is infused with carbamide peroxide for sensitive teeth. Each pack comes with four syringes and is a popular option for those who want white teeth quickly.

Should I invest in custom trays?

Custom teeth whitening trays are a smart way to achieve glowing white teeth at home. At O’Connor Dental Care, we can create custom dental trays as part of our cosmetic dentistry services. Custom trays allow you to use the whitening product of your choice and they ensure the whitening gel adheres properly to your teeth.

They not only make a more successful job of your whitening attempts, they also ensure that the whitening gel does not cling to your gums, which causes discomfort to clients with sensitive gums. Custom whitening trays also feel better when you wear them compared to store-bought trays and strips, since they’re made just for you.

The process of creating custom teeth whitening trays is simple and straightforward. We will create a mold of dental impressions and send these to a dental lab which will develop and send your custom trays back to us. This often takes less than two weeks. You can then come to pick up your trays. We’ll provide you with all the information you need to use your dental trays to your advantage.

Are there other in-office teeth whitening options to consider?

Yes, along with creating your custom teeth whitening trays, we can also whiten your teeth in our dental clinic. We use Philips Zoom! NiteWite whitening gel in our dental clinic, and recommend it to all our patients. Zoom! gel is delivered via syringe and is specially formulated for sensitive teeth. It contains 22% carbamide peroxide, a safe teeth bleaching agent, as well as amorphous calcium phosphate, potassium nitrate, and fluoride. It delivers powerful results without discomfort.

You will need custom trays to use this product. If you decide to have your teeth whitened by your dentist in our clinic, it will be a safe and easy process. After applying the gel to your custom trays and helping ensure its properly placed, we will then shine an ultraviolet light on your teeth. This ultraviolet light is completely painless and helps activate the whitening gel. It will make your teeth whitening much more effective; with noticeable results immediately.

To make the effects of teeth whitening last longer between whitening sessions, there are certain tips to follow. Avoid staining beverages such as tea, coffee, and wine. If you do imbibe these drinks, be sure to brush your teeth well immediately afterward. Use a sensitive toothpaste in the days following a whitening session to protect your enamel.

Are these teeth whitening solutions safe?

Absolutely! At O’Connor Dental Care, your safety is our first priority. We would not recommend these whitening services and products if they were unsafe.

Before we start a whitening session, we meet up with our dental patients and learn their dental history (or simply consult their file if they’re one of our long-term patients.) We make sure there isn’t any underlying sensitivity or a dental issue that can make a cosmetic procedure unduly painful or unsafe.

Besides those with underlying oral issues, dental whitening products are completely safe and painless.

If you want to learn more about the best teeth whitening solutions for you and your smile, set up an appointment using our handy online portal and we’ll be happy to assist you during your visit.


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