From Amazon Prime to the Instant Pot, these days we hate waiting for anything. But can you get instant gratification when it comes to whiter teeth? Unfortunately, it’s a little more complicated than a simple yes or no.
Faking Whiter Teeth
If you want your teeth to look whiter in seconds, there are certain ways you can trick the eye with color and contrast.
For example, for those who wear makeup, choosing a lipstick shade with cool undertones can make teeth pop and appear brighter and whiter. (Alternatively, a lipstick with warm undertones can bring out the yellow colors in your teeth, making them look more discolored than they really are. Yikes!) Not a lipstick-wearer? Bronzer or a tan can achieve a similar effect by increasing the contrast between your teeth and your skin.
What about Over-the-Counter Whitening?
If you’ve browsed any drugstore whitening products, you’ve probably seen plenty of claims of instant whitening — or at least whitening in minutes. If that sounds too good to be true, there’s bad news: It is.
The whitening trays, toothpastes, and strips that you see in your local drugstore simply can’t deliver as effective results as your dentist can (that’s right, not even the trendy charcoal kind). This is because the whitening agents in these products are intentionally weak to ensure that the product is safe to use at home. Additionally, these products can cause sensitivity in some users, and it’s possible for them to whiten your teeth unevenly if they are applied incorrectly.
Your Dentist Does It Best
The bottom line is that if you want effective, speedy whitening, your dentist is your best ally. An in-office whitening treatment won’t be instant, per se, but it the Zoom Whitening treatment we offer at élan by Dr. Meghan Hodges only takes an hour. You’ll walk out of the office after one short treatment with a visibly whiter smile!
Here’s how it works: First, a special whitening gel is applied to the teeth. Then, Dr. Hodges will use a special light that activates the gel, allowing it to break up the stains and discoloration that have penetrated into your teeth over time. It’s effective against staining from food, drink, tobacco, and even age! This process can lighten teeth up to eight shades in just one visit.
If that’s not enough for you, you could also try a take-home bleaching kit provided by your dentist. These kits come with trays custom-molded to your teeth, and can deliver professional grade results in the comfort of your home. For maximum whitening, these kits can be used for 10 to 14 days.
If you’re serious about wanting a whiter smile, professional whitening at the hands of your dentist is the only way to go. Call élan at (918) 528-3330 or contact us online to make an appointment and learn more about your whitening options.