As the millennial generation comes of age, bringing with them their fascination with documenting every moment of their lives and capturing memories with the perfect Instagram filter, it should come as no surprise that more and more Americans are chasing after that whiter than real life look for their teeth. At DentalWays, Dr. Khullar offers laser teeth whitening and bleaching options to help patients achieve their tooth whitening goals. According to the American Dental Association, there are 2 classifications for both over the counter (OTC) and dentist prescribed and administered treatments. Abrasive whitening treatments are designed to remove surface stains from the teeth, and bleaching treatments are designed to brighten the tooth surface. Both methods of teeth whitening have their merits. Abrasive teeth whitening is good because it aims to eliminate the layer of plaque and bacteria that is staining the teeth, and eliminating such bacteria is better for overall hygiene and health. However, some OTC products have raised safety concerns over the type of abrasive in certain brands of whitening toothpaste. Facebook posts have been circulating warning about a particular whitening toothpaste that employed silica particles that did not dissolve or rinse away getting caught in pockets of the users&rsquo; gums. It is also unknown what damage can be caused by over-abrasion of the teeth. The bleaching method is targeted at using a combination of fluoride and peroxide to whiten the surface of the tooth. Your dentist can take an impression of your teeth and provide custom fitted bleaching trays and an at home whitening kit, which you administer for 1-2 hours every night for two weeks. Laser teeth whitening is the fastest and most effective form of teeth whitening. Following a regular teeth cleaning by a dental hygienist, the dentist paints a special bleaching compound directly to the teeth. The fluoride and peroxide in the laser whitening compound bonds with teeth under the laser. This treatment takes approximately 30 minutes and has been documented to brighten teeth from 5 to 11 shades brighter. For an appointment to discuss which whitening treatment is best for you, contact our office at (501) 954-9330 or complete a contact form.