Teeth whitening is a process that lightens teeth and helps to remove stains and discoloration. The process involves the use of a specialized whitening gel that penetrates the surface of the tooth and breaks up the compounds that cause staining and discoloration.
Types of Teeth Whitening
- Professional teeth whitening
Professional teeth whitening is a chemically activated whitening treatment that is administered by a dental professional. The whitening gel contains a peroxide solution, which is applied to the surface of the teeth.
Professional teeth whitening is useful for removing deep stains that are difficult to remove with at-home whitening treatments.
This type of teeth whitening treatment can remove years of stains in about an hour. The teeth may become sensitive for a few days after treatment.
Your dentist can provide you with a whitening kit to use at home. Your dentist will make custom-fitted trays that fit your teeth and allow you to whiten your teeth at home. The dentist can monitor your progress, making any necessary adjustments to ensure your treatment is successful.
Teeth whitening benefits
Teeth whitening is a quick and non-invasive way to improve the appearance of your teeth. You can get teeth that are several shades whiter in as little as one office visit. The treatment can also reduce stains from foods and beverages, which makes the teeth look whiter and brighter.
Teeth whitening results
Getting your teeth whitened at the dentist’s office is the safest and most effective way to get your teeth whitened. Your dentist will go over all of the risks and side effects that can result from whitening your teeth. Once they determine that teeth whitening is right for you, they will create a custom tray that will perfectly fit your teeth. They’ll instruct you on how to use the tray and how often you should be using it. Most patients start seeing results after the first few days.
How long do teeth whitening results last?
The teeth whitening procedure itself is not permanent. However, the results can last for upwards of 1-2 years, depending on dietary habits and dental hygiene. Regular dental checkups can help maintain the results, and any food or drink that stains the teeth (like coffee, wine, blueberries, etc.) should be avoided.
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