No one wants stained teeth, even if they are currently hidden behind face masks. There are so many options on the market today, from professional treatments to a variety of at-home options. But which options are more effective, and which ones are budget-friendly? We break down professional and at-home teeth whitening treatments so that you are more informed.
Professional teeth whitening
Professional teeth whitening is a great option for those who want a significantly whiter smile instantly (after an hour in the dental chair). A gel is administered to the teeth, with your specialist making sure the gums are protected before starting the treatment. After one hour, your teeth can be multiple shades whiter, with longer-lasting results than at-home options.
Professional in-chair teeth whitening can be an expensive option, which is why at-home options have become so popular. We have a great take-home option here at Ethos Orthodontics, as we understand that in-chair options can be daunting for some people. If you do choose an in-chair treatment, ask as many questions as you want so that you feel comfortable with the process and flag any concerns you may have before your treatment.
At home teeth whitening options
The market is flooded with at home teeth whitening options, so understandably, many people feel overwhelmed when it comes to picking a cost-effective and efficient treatment.
Ethos Brite is our professional take-home teeth whitening option which allows you to care for your new teeth as carefully as we would. It is a quick and easy way to brighten your teeth at home whilst you are getting ready for an event or watching TV at night. We recommend that you use the treatment for 15 minutes twice a day for two weeks to achieve optimal results.
Teeth whitening strips are a popular option for those who want an at home option that isn’t too heavy on the budget. Whitening strips deliver a brightened smile without the mess of pastes and gels. Results are varied, however you can expect a brightened smile upon completion of the treatment.
Other at home options include teeth whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes. These options are the most cost-effective and take the least amount of time to use, however, the results are minimal in comparison to professional treatments.
How Ethos Brite works
Ethos Brite is a great, affordable option if you want to achieve a whiter smile at home. You will need to book an appointment with us, where a qualified oral health therapist will make sure you are a suitable candidate for Ethos Brite.
The oral health therapist will take an impression of your teeth and within a week you will walk away with a teeth whitening kit complete with trays that perfectly fit your mouth.
Ethos Brite costs $395 for the complete kit, however we offer flexible payment plans available if the upfront cost concerns you.
Teeth whitening aftercare
Whether you get a professional teeth whitening treatment or use an at home option, aftercare is important! If you do not look after your newly whitened teeth, the results will not last. Immediately after any teeth whitening treatment, you should:
- Avoid foods that will stain your teeth, including coffee, tea, curries, and tomatoes – any foods with high acidity or tannins.
- Avoid smoking.
- Make sure you brush your teeth after eating and floss in between your teeth to make sure no food gets trapped between those pearly whites.
- If you have chosen the professional in-chair teeth whitening option, at home treatments can act as a top-up. Discuss these options at your next visit.
Check out more of our tips for teeth whitening aftercare.
Questions to ask before your teeth whitening treatment
If you are choosing the professional in-chair teeth whitening option, you will likely have some questions about what to expect.
Some of the most common questions we receive are:
- How long will my teeth whitening treatment take?
- Is teeth whitening painful?
- Can I expect any sensitivity after my treatment?
- How long will my results last?
We will be able to talk you through any queries you might have.
Are you ready to get those pearly whites?
If you are looking at achieving a whiter smile, book your first appointment with Ethos! Our Ethos Brite take-home option is easy to use and we can answer any questions you may have. If you’re ready to book your appointment, contact our team today!