What’s an affordable way to whiten my teeth before I get Invisalign? I am prepared for the expense of Invisalign, but I don’t want to spend too much on in-office whitening from a dentist. Are any drugstore brands of whitening worth it, or would I be wasting my money? – Thanks. Tiera
Thank you for contacting Bayou Dental Group with your question about teeth whitening before Invisalign.
What Affordable Brands of Teeth Whitening Work?
Most affordable brands of teeth whitening that you can buy over the counter are not strong enough to break down stains embedded in your teeth. With surface stain removal, you may get limited results, but tough stains will remain. Rather than a specific brand, look for a bleaching gel that contains carbamide peroxide. A higher concentration of carbamide peroxide increases the effectiveness of the bleaching gel and can remove stains before your Invisalign treatment begins.
Advantages of Custom Bleaching Trays from a Dentist
Although you prefer alternatives to in-office whitening from a dentist, ask about options for take-home bleaching gel. Your dentist will take impressions of your mouth and use them to make a customized tray that maximizes the gel’s effectiveness.
- Professional-strength bleaching gels
- Custom trays that keep the bleaching gel in contact with your teeth and away from your gums
- Predictable results that lighten your teeth
When you choose whitening treatment under a dentist’s supervision before Invisalign treatment, if you experience teeth sensitivity or other concerns, your dentist will adjust your treatment so you can continue whitening.
What About Whitening Toothpaste Brands?
Whitening toothpaste is usually ineffective because it stays on your teeth too briefly to yield good results. Also, the toothpaste does not contain a potent bleaching agent to brighten your smile.
You may choose to try over-the-counter methods, and if you are not satisfied, speak with your dentist about take-home whitening options that work.
Best wishes on your whitening and Invisalign treatments!