Teeth whitening done in a professional dental setting is a safe, effective way to brighten your smile. It’s also perhaps the most economical cosmetic dental procedure. Depending on the whitening method you choose, results can be dramatic: in-office whitening, for example, can lighten teeth up to 10 shades in a single hour.
Professionally supervised whitening will work faster, and protect sensitive gums and tooth-root surfaces better, than over-the-counter whitening products. Having an oral exam before you begin any whitening process is an important first step, as we want to make sure your tooth discoloration is not the result of a dental condition in need of treatment. We also want you to be aware that it can be risky to have whitening solutions applied to your teeth by untrained personnel in shopping malls. If you have any questions about which whitening method would be best for you, we would be happy to answer them.
The use of desensitizing dentifrices for in-office dental whitening can reduce the sensitivity of teeth. This side effect of in-office dental whitening is temporary and should go away after a few days. Alternatively, you can use toothpaste that is specifically designed to minimize sensitivity and minimize the need for more than one whitening session. However, you should be aware that the effectiveness of these products depends on the level of sensitivity.
Using at-home dental whitening kits can be an affordable and convenient option. You don’t need to visit a dentist to achieve the same dramatic results. The gel is usually a 10% hydrogen peroxide solution that is applied to your teeth. These trays need to be worn for a couple hours at night. Once the trays are removed in the morning, you can repeat the whitening procedure to achieve a lighter shade. The kits can be used as often as every seven to ten days, monthly or yearly for maintenance. You can purchase gel from a dental office or buy it online.
To get the best results, laser whitening for dental stains is an excellent option. During the process, the dentist will apply a protective gel that hardens to protect the teeth and gums. After this, the dentist will apply a whitening compound to the teeth using a pen-like laser. After the laser activates the bleaching agent, the tooth will turn white and the stains will be removed.