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Teeth Whitening in Hutchinson

At-Home Teeth Whitening

woman pointing to white smileProfessional whitening at home is one of the most popular methods for achieving a brighter smile. Also known as “tray bleaching,” professional at-home teeth whitening requires custom-made trays and a special whitening gel that is sold exclusively through a licensed dentist. One of the reasons why this method is so popular is because it can brighten your teeth 6-8 shades.

Unlike whitening strips, this method uses custom-fitted trays that allow the teeth whitening gel to be directly placed on your teeth with maximum comfort and less sensitivity. The whitening gel contains peroxide, and as this breaks down, the hydroxyl radicals enter the tooth and erase stains and discoloration. These trays usually cost between $199 and $399.

The second popular option for at-home whitening is teeth whitening strips. Sold by a number of companies like Crest, Listerine, and Rembrandt, these strips have become widely popular in recent years. Whitening strips are essentially a thin piece of plastic covered with a tooth whitening gel that contains peroxide. When the strips are correctly used, the gel comes into contact with the teeth and works slowly to remove surface stains and stains within the tooth’s enamel.

Teeth whitening strips usually come in two different sizes, one for the upper teeth and another for the lower. The strips are worn for 30 minutes once a day, and you can expect to see results over the course of one to two weeks. Hydrogen peroxide is the active ingredient in these strips that bleaches the teeth. The only downside to using strips is that they are made in a generic size for all users and may not fit your teeth perfectly.

Opalescence Boost and Opalescence Go

The best results in teeth whitening are achieved when you partner with your dentist. Our office offers patients the professional-grade Opalescence system of whitening, which provides the safest, most effective method for brightening your smile. Opalescence Boost is an in-office treatment that is completed in just one visit to our office, while Opalescence Go is performed from the comfort of your own home over the course of about two weeks.

Unlike over-the-counter whitening systems, the Opalescence treatments reach below the surface of the teeth to break up intrinsic stains, too. Discoloration left behind by food and drink as well as tobacco, poor dental hygiene, and even the stubborn stains caused by medications can be erased with Opalescence whitening.

If you are prone to tooth sensitivity, Opalescence offers the best option in professional whitening. The in-office Opalescence formula contains potassium nitrate -- a solution that strengthens your tooth enamel as it whitens. And the red formula ensures precise placement and thorough removal after whitening. At-home Opalescence Go works using prefilled trays which you wear for a predetermined amount of time, which can be adjusted to meet your needs. We can also provide you with additional desensitizing treatments as needed.

Choosing the Right Option for You

Here at Grant D. Ringler, DDS, we are all about helping you find the best option for your smile in a way that is not a financial burden to you. We invite you to call our Hutchinson, Kansas dental office at any time to discuss your choices with one of our highly trained staff members. We’re welcoming new patients!