There are a variety of teeth whitening options available on the market, some of which can be purchased over-the-counter and others that must be used in a dental office. There are 2 types of teeth whitening procedures: at-home bleaching and dental office bleaching.
What is the process of teeth whitening?
Our teeth become stained when colored molecules stick to plaque, tartar, and the surface. Dental cleanings help remove plaque and tartar, but sometimes discoloration remains in the layer beneath, called the dentin. A bleaching solution applied to the teeth breaks up the staining molecules stuck on the teeth when oxygen from the air combines with carbon in the dentin.
How long does it take to whiten teeth?
Our in-office teeth whitening typically takes around 45 minutes to accomplish. The dentist will teach you about the teeth whitening process prior to applying the solution that is whitening. This information program can take 15 minutes or more. All in all, the appointment that is most likely final is about one hour.
At Home, Whitening trays can be used every few months or as often as several times per week until the desired result is obtained. At-home trays provide a more progressive change and are also great for maintaining shade after therapy in-office bleaching.
Results differ according to the degree and type of staining and from person to person.
Is teeth whitening going to be effective for me?
Each individual’s results will differ, depending on the type of stain. Yellowish-brown stains respond best to tooth whitening in comparison to grey stains.
How soon will I see the results?
You will notice a noticeable difference in the color of your teeth immediately after treatment.
Would dental cleaning be recommended before or after teeth whitening?
Plaque and tartar must be removed from the teeth for teeth whitening to work. It is important to keep up with your dental cleanings to ensure the best results for whitening. It is possible to schedule a dental cleaning and teeth whitening on the same day if you are due for one. Make sure that you complete the cleaning first before whitening your teeth.
Can teeth whitening hurt?
Teeth and gums may become sensitive after teeth whitening. Depending on the patient, sensitivity may range from little to none, while others may need to limit the time and strength of the bleaching in order to avoid it. If you are experiencing sensitivity, speak with your dentist. Your dental practitioner may suggest a special use of toothpaste prior to and following the treatment and suggest only certain kinds of whitening. If you encounter sensitivity after therapy, an OTC pain reliever can usually assist in decreasing the symptoms.
Will teeth whitening work on dental veneers?
Whitening will not change the color/shade of dental care veneers or any tooth restoration that is non-natural.
Will teeth whitening work with composites or bonding?
Whitening does not replace the color/shade of dental bonding, composites, or any enamel filling that is non-natural.
Will teeth whitening work with crowns or bridges?
Whitening doesn’t replace the color/shade of dental care crowns, bridges, or any enamel repair that is non-natural.
Is teeth whitening harmful to the teeth?
When you whiten your teeth with dental professional care, you reduce the chances of causing any damage to your tooth enamel, gums, or anything else. and also under his supervision, you will also have fewer chances of tooth sensitivity and root damage.
What is the average lifespan of teeth whitening?
Maintaining a healthy diet, avoiding smoking, avoiding foods and drinks that stain teeth, using a straw when possible, and maintaining regular dental cleanings will ensure the whitening process lasts the longest.
In-office whitening results can last several months to a year and can also be maintained at-home with custom whitening trays. Custom take-home trays and bleach can last several months and can be maintained by the patient as needed.
How do I schedule an appointment?