“The most effective bleaching is done once a year in a dentist’s office,” Lituchy tells us. The dentist paints your teeth with a hydrogen peroxide solution, and then uses a high-intensity light to activate the gel’s whitening effects.
Time: One hour. “We recommend having this treatment 2-3 weeks before the wedding in case of any sensitivity.”
“Your dentist can make custom-fitted bleaching trays to be used at home to gradually whiten over about 10 days,” says Lituchy. The take-home bleach is weaker than pro in-office bleach but stronger than OTC bleaching solutions.
Time: Use 2-3 weeks before the wedding; can also be used once a month for maintenance.
Cost: $300 - $600.
“Crest Whitestrips are a great choice for bleaching on a budget. Combined with daily use of a whitening toothpaste, they are a good one-two punch to create and maintain a bright smile.”
Time: Varies. When using Crest 3D White 2-Hour Express Whitestrips, you will see a noticeable difference in just two hours; other types of strips are designed to be used for 7 days or more.
Cost: From about $16 (for slower-acting strips) to $50 (for Crest 2-Hour Express).
Regardless of your whitening method, here are a few must-know tips:
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