Teeth Whitening

Looking for a brighter smile? When it comes to tooth whitening, you have two options: in-office teeth bleaching or at-home care.

Both options involve the use of peroxide-based bleaching agents. At-home systems typically contain between 3% and 20% peroxide (carbamide or hydrogen peroxide), while in-office systems can contain anywhere from 15% to 43% peroxide.

Generally, the longer you keep a stronger solution on your teeth, the whiter they will become. However, it’s important to note that the higher the percentage of peroxide in the whitening solution, the shorter the application time should be. Leaving the gel on for too long can lead to tooth dehydration and increased tooth sensitivity.

Each option has its pros and cons, but it’s crucial to consult with your dentist before trying at-home tooth bleaching kits. Not everyone will achieve satisfactory results, and it’s worth noting that bleaching treatments do not whiten porcelain crowns or composite tooth-colored bondings.

Remember, your dentist can provide personalized advice and guidance based on your specific dental needs and help you determine the most effective and safe tooth whitening option for you.

Teeth Whitening Procedure

The teeth whitening procedure typically involves the following steps:

Dental Examination: Before undergoing teeth whitening, it’s important to have a dental examination to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy. Your dentist will check for any underlying dental issues that may need to be addressed before whitening.

Shade Assessment: Your dentist will assess the current shade of your teeth using a shade guide. This will serve as a baseline to track the progress of your whitening treatment.

Preparing the Mouth: To protect your gums and soft tissues, a barrier or gel will be applied to cover them, leaving only the teeth exposed.

Application of Whitening Agent: A peroxide-based whitening gel is applied to the teeth. The concentration of the gel will depend on the type of whitening treatment chosen.

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