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There’s nothing more attractive than a clean, white smile. But how do you decide which whitening option to choose to brighten up your look?

If you’ve ever wondered, ‘Do teeth-whitening products work?’ or are simply looking for help deciding which treatment to use, this post is for you. We’re going to look at the various whitening products and treatments available and find out how effective they can be.

Store-bought teeth whitening products

You’ve probably noticed that you can carry out teeth whitening at home using store or online-bought products. These take the form of toothpaste, trays with gel or strips.

But do they really work? The answer is yes and no. Teeth-whitening toothpaste, for example, may remove surface stains so you get a temporary lightening effect.

However, you should take care when using these products, as they can be abrasive. This means that they can wear away your tooth enamel, which will not regenerate.

Loss of tooth enamel can result in a higher risk of sensitivity, pain, infection and gum disease, so it’s definitely something to avoid.

Whitening kits with trays use a bleaching agent to lighten your teeth, as do whitening strips. These can help to lighten your teeth if used properly. 

However, it’s best to consult your dentist before using these products so they can advise whether it’s safe to go ahead. If you have cracks or cavities in your teeth, they may not be suitable, as the bleach may irritate or damage them. It can also cause irritation to the gums and the inside of your mouth.

If you do use an at-home product, be careful not to use it for more than two weeks. After this time, it won’t be able to whiten your teeth further and the bleach could damage tooth enamel.

In-chair whitening

You can also get your teeth whitened at your dentist’s. They will apply a protective coating to your gums and then the whitening gel. Blue light activates the gel, giving you instant results.

Many people find this a great option. Not only does it produce noticeable results, but you also benefit from the expertise of your dentist, who will ensure the treatment is safe and appropriate.


Another option for whiter teeth is veneers. These are light shells made of composite material or porcelain, which fit onto the front of your teeth.

They will instantly change the shade of your teeth and can also change the shape of your teeth and small imperfections too.

Veneers offer a long-lasting and effective way to whiten your teeth — speak to your dentist to know more.

Get teeth whitening at your dentist in Te Atatu

A white, cleaner-looking smile not only improves the appearance of your teeth but boosts your self-esteem too.

The team at Opal Dental love seeing our patients smile with confidence, so we offer in-chair and at-home teeth whitening options, as well as veneers, to help them achieve their goals.

Get in touch to know more about elevating your smile — the professional way. We’re always happy to talk through the options and help you decide which is best for you.

And if you’re concerned about any aspect of your oral health, be sure to make an appointment for a check-up — it’s always a good idea to ensure your teeth and mouth are healthy before starting cosmetic treatment.

Know that we’re here to help you improve your smile the healthy way!

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