A lot of people wish they had better teeth. For most, this is about more than just appearance. The average person doesn't really care if they look like that celebrity on the front of Cosmo. They do want to feel comfortable while speaking in public though. Nothing is worse than being self conscious in front of important people. It can affect your performance at work and even your love life at home. If you feel that your teeth could be a bit whiter, don't worry. You're not alone. Luckily for us, there are quite a few different teeth whitening options available. In this article, we'll check out three of the most common ones. We'll start with the most expensive whitening method and work our way down. Please keep in mind, as you read the following text, that I'm not a dentist or doctor of any kind. The Internet is great for basic information and I hope you check out a few dental care sites. Nothing can replace the opinion of your own dentist though.

In office treatment is definitely one the most expensive teeth whitening options. It's also more or less recognized as the best option. If you're not familiar with this type of procedure, you may want to check out my article on the Brite Smile system. This isn't the only in-office teeth whitening program, but it's more or less the industry standard. In short, this procedure involves a few different elements. There is a pre-whitening checkup followed by the procedure itself. This usually involves some kind of a custom sized tray filled with peroxide gel and a warming lamp that sets the gel. The advantages of using a system like this are many. First off, the procedure is performed by a dentist or registered teeth whitening technician. Unless you really know what you're doing, chances are you won't be able to replicated the fantastic results your dentist is able to achieve. This is also a relatively hassle-free way to make your teeth brighter. Most home whitening kits require that you apply the serum twice a day for at least two weeks. I barely have enough time to brush my teeth in the morning! With an office treatment, most men and women only have to spend a single hour in the chair. The results are also instantaneous - another thing that home kits can't offer. Of course, all these features come at a price. The average cost of in office teeth whitening is about $700.

If this is a bit too expensive, you may want to consider one of the home whitening products we discussed earlier. These items come in many different forms. The most popular ones are often gels that are applied to the teeth in various ways. As mentioned above, these products take a bit of time commitment on your part if you want to get the most out of them. A whitening gel that's applied via brush will usually need to be used twice a day for 14 days. This is actually quite time consuming if you add up all those hours. There is a similar schedule if you want to go with those Crest Whitestrips that you always see at drug stores. These things are essentially little pieces of tape that have some kind of a peroxide gel on one side. The strips are left on for about half an hour while the gel settles into the tooth. The cost of these products ranges from $10 to $50, depending on the quality.

The final tooth whitening option you have if you want to improve your smile is to try out a tooth whitening toothpaste. The effectiveness of such products is really still up in the air. In this author's opinion though, it can't hurt. You have to make sure that you're using it on a regular basis in order to see any improvement. Brush your teeth in the morning, evening and after every meal. Note that these whitening toothpastes will only help with mild staining. This is due to the fact that you won't find any peroxide in these products. You may also want to try out a tooth whitening floss. I haven't done a lot of research on these products but I imagine they offer some benefit.

So what are the best tooth whitening options? Well, as you can see, it really depends on a lot of things. If you can afford it, I'd go for the in-office treatment. If not, try a combination of the other two. Good luck and keep smiling!

If you'd like to more, check out my other articles on how to get bright white teeth and the Brite Smile Teeth Whitening System.