Teeth whitening is the process of removal of stains from your tooth surface to restore the white color of the teeth. The teeth whitening process can be performed either at a dental office or using at-home teeth whitening procedures. The only prerequisite to do the whitening treatment is that the teeth should be healthy with no untreated dental diseases.
Benefits of Teeth Whitening
- A white, beautiful smile enhances your self-confidence.
- Remove the possible plaque accumulations on the teeth, ensuring better oral health.
- Immediate results from teeth whitening.
- Long-lasting results if patients adhere to proper oral care procedures.
Dentist-Recommended Teeth Whitening Procedures
Home Teeth Whitening
Your dentist will take the scan or mold of your teeth and make customized whitening trays to fit your teeth perfectly. The whitening trays look like orthodontic clear retainers and are very comfortable to wear. You dentist will prescribe whitening gels to be placed in the trays. Based on your life style, you can choose daytime gel or nighttime gel. Daytime whitening gels are applied for 15 minutes to 2 hours daily depending on their concentrations. Nighttime whitening gel is used when you sleep to achieve visibly bright teeth.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
In-office whitening offers immediate results and improves the color of your teeth by 3 to 8 shades easily. Though this process may require many sittings to get dramatic results, a significant change can be seen after the very first time.
Self-Administering Teeth Whitening Procedures
Various over-the-counter teeth whitening strips are also available at pharmacy. They can be effective. However, the gels touch not only your teeth but also your gums when you wear them, which might hurt your gums.
Whitening toothpastes and mouth rinse that contains hydrogen peroxide have very limited whitening effect. They are used mainly to maintain your teeth whitening results.
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