Can you help me figure out fast teeth whitening? My sister-in-law got her teeth whitened in what she said was just one appointment. When I told my dentist I wanted to do that he said I wouldn’t like it and I need to do the “traditional” teeth whitening which takes a few weeks. When I asked why wouldn’t I like it, he just kept saying, “trust me”. I know it sounds like I’m a pouty child, but I don’t like just being told trust me. I want to understand. What’s the problem with the fast teeth whitening.
You don’t sound like a pouty child to me. First, you are not a child and the dentist isn’t your parent. It’s his or her responsibility to explain every procedure to you relevant to the treatment you want, along with all your options and their pros and cons.
My guess as to why he isn’t is because he doesn’t have the equipment necessary for the in-office whitening and he’s trying to steer you to the procedure he does have—custom at-home whitening.
At Home Teeth Whitening
With the traditional at-home whitening your dentist does, he’ll make you custom fitted teeth whitening trays which you’ll take home, along with professional strength whitening gel. It’s up to you how white your teeth get. You’ll wear the trays with the gel for a minimum of 20 minutes per day for as many days as you want.
The big upside to this is it gradually whitens your teeth so you have more control over the color you get. The downside is, if you’re in a hurry for a very white smile, it will take a while.
In Office Teeth Whitening
With in-office whitening, what you’re calling “fast whitening”, you get your teeth as white as possible in just one appointment. Some people call it Zoom Whitening because that’s the most popular brand of in-office whitening. The biggest downside is you have little control over the level of whitening. Your teeth will be their whitest by the end of your appointment.
Another thing that could be a downside, depending on your sensitivity is some people find there to be some painful “zings” in their teeth during their procedure. If this is the procedure you want, I don’t think you’ll get it from your current dentist.
It doesn’t mean you have to switch dentists but you will have to go to a different dentist just to get the whitening done. You can still go to your regular dentist for everything else.
I hope this helps. This blog is brought to you by Vero Beach Dentist Dr. Rick Root.