If you’re like most people, you’ve noticed the gradual yellowing of your teeth due to age, use and diet. You want to regain that bright, white, youthful smile, but you don’t know where to start. There are a plethora of teeth whitening methods out there from all-natural home remedies to professional whitening treatments. Which one is right for you and which will give you the results you’re looking for?

To help clear up some of the confusion around teeth whitening, here is a brief breakdown of the most common teeth whitening methods:

At-home, all-natural remedies. Some patients are hesitant about conventional teeth whitening methods of trays, strips and professional whitening because they believe the harsh elements do more harm to the teeth than good. A wave of at-home, natural teeth whitening methods have grown as the practice has become more popular. The most common of these all-natural, home remedies include oil pulling, using diluted hydrogen peroxide, using baking soda, and using activated charcoal. While these options can be safe for the body and the teeth, the results may not be as noticeable and often need frequent re-application.

At-home whitening strips and trays. These forms of teeth whitening treatments have been popular because they are inexpensive, can be readily bought at grocery and convenience stores and can be used in the privacy of your own home. Both whitening strips and whitening trays use a bleaching agent with low concentration of hydrogen peroxide. These teeth whitening treatments can take many weeks to yield results and can require frequent re-application. Because these treatments are done at home, improper use is common. When the strips or trays are improperly applied, the teeth whitening bleaching agent may get on the gums, making them uncomfortable and irritated.

In-office, professional teeth whitening. With professional teeth whitening, patients can have their teeth whitened by multiple shades within a one-hour appointment. While this option is more expensive than natural, home remedies and at-home whitening strips and trays, the results it produces are immediate and longer-lasting. With in-office teeth whitening, a bleaching agent with a high concentration of hydrogen peroxide is used in combination with a UV light that activates the oxygen to speed up the teeth staining removal process.

Take-home professional whitening trays. Some dental offices offer patients custom-fitted bleaching trays that can be worn by the patient at night or for a certain periods of time at home. The trays are clear and transparent, making them hard to see. They often come with a supply of professional strength bleaching agents. Patients are fitted with their custom tray in the office and are sent home with a limited supply of bleaching agent that is subsequently mailed to them for the duration of their treatment.

At-home laser teeth whitening. For that movie-star white smile, you can lay down a hefty sum of money to buy your own teeth-whitening laser. This teeth whitening system uses the same concept that is used if professional, in-office teeth whitening. These at-home systems are relatively new and you may want to look into the potential findings on pulp damage before choosing this option.

There are many options available when it comes to whitening your teeth. When deciding on which option will work best for you, consider the severity of the staining of your teeth, how fast you need your teeth whitened, how white you want your teeth, how much you’re willing to invest in whitening your teeth and how frequent you’ll want to re-whiten your teeth.

At Hazzouri Dental, we offer professional, in-office Zoom teeth whitening that can brighten a patient’s smile by up to ten shades in a little over an hour. If you’re embarrassed of your smile and are tired of hiding it from others, contact us today to schedule your appointment for Zoom teeth whitening in Scranton.