Teeth are stained by the foods, drinks and even medicine we consume. Smoking further stains teeth and the natural bright, white shade becomes darkened. Tooth whitening is a successful and simple method of lightening the color of your teeth. The degree of whiteness achieved will vary from patient to patient and with the type of bleaching process chosen.
Our dentists use a hydrogen peroxide-based whitening gel to whiten your teeth. The materials used are medically graded (tested and manufactured to the same standard as prescription medicines). There are very few side effects and the structure of teeth is not changed or damaged in any way. It merely makes them sparkle!
Methods of Teeth Whitening
All toothpaste help remove surface stains because they contain mild abrasives. Some whitening toothpaste contains gentle polishing or chemical agents that provide additional stain removal effectiveness. Whitening toothpaste can help remove surface stains only and do not contain bleach; over-the-counter and professional whitening products contain carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide that helps lighten the color deep in the tooth. Whitening toothpaste can lighten the tooth’s color by about one shade. In contrast, light-activated whitening conducted in your dentist’s office can make your teeth three to eight shades lighter.
In-office bleaching provides the quickest way to whiten teeth. With in-office bleaching, the whitening product is applied directly to the teeth. These products can be used in combination with heat, a special light, and/or a laser. Results are seen in only one 30 to 60-minute treatment. But to achieve dramatic results, several appointments are usually needed. However, with in-office bleaching, dramatic results can be seen after the first treatment. This type of whitening is also the most expensive technique.
Tray-Based Tooth Whiteners
Tray-based tooth whitening systems involve filling a mouth guard-like tray with a gel whitening solution — which contains a peroxide-bleaching agent. The tray is worn for a period of time, generally from an hour a day to every day during the night for up to four weeks and even longer (depending on the degree of discoloration and desired level of whitening).