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what is the best tooth whitening procedure? is the procedure painful?

6 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ronald Achong
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Depends on your need: There is power in office bleaching and the take home kit bleaching systems. The power in office bleaching is more powerful but tend to have more tooth sensitivity for patients. The take home kit takes a little longer to work in the short term but has less senstivitiy. There is no best treatment, it depends on what your needs are and your work schedule.
Dr. Dominick Curalli
Dentistry 20 years experience
Depends: It depends on you. All whitening uses either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. Higher concentrations and in office procedures will help you whiten faster, but can make your teeth more sensitive. At home whitening or white strips may take longer to get the same result, but may be much more comfortable. Talk to your dentist to get some ideas of what will work well for your lifestyle.
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 20 years experience
Depends: There are different types of professional tooth whitening options. They all work. However, there isn't necessarily a "best" procedure out there. It depends on your specific needs, tolerance to discomfort, any present conditions that many interfere with whitening or cause harm, and costs.
Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 41 years experience
At home: The most effective way to do this ir through your dentist. The zoom and similar one step procedures can be painful, and you end up with take home trays anyway. Ask your dentist about your options, and the different % solutions. If there is sensitivity, you can usually take a day or two off and resume tx.
Dr. Mark Birnbach
Cosmetic Dentistry 48 years experience
Teeth whitening: Over the counter whitening strips can be helpful, though they only cover the front 6 teeth and some people find them cumbersome. Custom made trays made by a dentist are more effective because they use a higher concentration of whitening solution than what is available over the counter. Avoid anything that requires a rinse with an acid "pre conditioner"-it will erode the enamel, make teeth painful
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
Pain Management 36 years experience
Teeth whitening: Whether you have lost the whiteness of your teeth due to excessive consumption of tea and coffee, smoking or due to aging, it is always possible to bring back their whiteness. You can use home remedies, however, they are not so effective and/or stable. A professional teeth whitening followed by home whitening system with custom trays for the long term effect is the best remedy. Painless!
Dr. Patricia Mcgarry
Cosmetic Dentistry 36 years experience
Some teeth can be sensitive to the procedure- Use Vit E oil around the gum to protect the tissue also
Jul 8, 2014

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