With regards to Bleaching at home: How can I get a good teeth-whitener?
Over-the-counter tooth whiteners use "one-size-fits-all" bleaching trays or strips. Others only cover a few teeth, or require frequent touch-ups. Do you have any un-diagnosed cavities? Putting whitening bleach on them can be a painful way to find out!
Dr. Meyer suggests a proper checkup and X-Rays before starting any whitening program. Then, Dr. Meyer has no objection to having you try retail products first. They won't be as effective as what Dr. Meyer can prescribe for you, but the retail whiteners are a lot less expensive. Those products do not achieve the same proven lasting results as professional treatment. But if you get the results you want, then you are done, and that's great!
Alternatively, you can get a lot more "bang for the buck" by using professional strength products, available only by prescription. Dr. Meyer will first make sure you are free of decay, gum disease, root exposure, gumline recession and a host of other problems BEFORE doing any bleaching. Even the bleach in retail products can cause sensitivity on healthy teeth. Can you imagine putting whitening bleach on an open cavity? Youch!
For information on teeth whitening options available in our office, you can visit Dr. Meyer's tooth whitening page of our Dental Library. Even more info available on MSN's Slate which compares various teeth-whitening products.