How to Whiten Your Teeth

Thinking about whitening your teeth? You’ve come to the right place!  

In this blog we cover:

  • Whitening options available
  • Pros and cons of each treatment
  • What is the best whitening method

Whitening Options Available

Your smile is an important part of who you are. Stained and discolored teeth can be frustrating to deal with. Fortunately, there are several teeth whitening methods available. The two general ways are:

  1. Over-the-counter treatments from grocery stores
  2. Customized teeth whitening kits from your dentist that you can take home

Over-the-Counter Whitening

Over-the-counter products contain less concentrated materials than what a dentist could prescribe. This means that you will be using these products longer and more frequently to achieve noticeable results. And these results won’t last as long either.

Personalised Take-Home Whitening Kit

The whitening treatments dentists use and prescribe are more concentrated and are designed to deliver quick and long lasting white teeth. There are two ways for teeth whitening at the dentist, in chair treatment or take home treatment kits.

At Polished Dental we provide customized treatment packs to take home. To start the process we will have to take an impression using special putty to make whitening trays that perfectly fit all of your teeth. These will be made by a technician, so a second visit is required. In your customized treatment kit you will receive your personalized trays and whitening gel. The gel isn’t like any other product you find over-the-counter, it has high concentrations of whitening solution and will require refrigeration. The whitening process is easy, spread the gel onto the trays and fit the trays up over your teeth and leave on for about 30-50 minutes time. The kit will contain enough gel to perform a number of treatments, so you can obtain your whitening goal.

Pros and Cons of Treatment Options

Over the counterPersonalised Take Home Kit


Long lasting and quick results.
Safety and Quality assured.


Might take longer to see results.
Dental treatment may be overlooked.
Product may not be the right fit for you.
Involves a number of treatments.

The best whitening method

The best way we can recommend to whitening your teeth is to see your dentist. This is the safest and most effective option available to you to achieve the goals you desire.

A dentist will take your oral health into consideration prior to commencing any teeth whitening procedures. They will determine the causes for the discoloration, it could be the result of decay or other underlying issues. In those cases over-the-counter products will be ineffective, and would probably cause more damage and pain unnecessarily. You could avoid this trouble by having a full picture of your oral health before starting off on any whitening treatment.

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