EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TEETH WHITENING
Among accessible, effective, and affordable cosmetic dental treatments, more people seek out teeth whitening solutions than any other treatment. A vast majority of orthodontist have had patients request teeth whitening in some form after treatment was complete. A bright, white smile builds confidence in both personal and professional settings.
Whitening teeth can radically improve the appearance of your smile. Thanks to a growth in over-the-counter whitening products – such as toothpastes, whitening strips and bleaching trays – a brighter smile is within more people’s grasp than ever before. However, the results that come with professional, in-office whitening treatments is considered to be among the safest, fastest, and most effective means of achieving a whiter smile.
Many teeth whitening systems – toothpastes and over-the-counter strips, trays and rinses – effectively lighten teeth, and remove surface stains. However, such treatments are unlikely to remove deep discoloration or more challenging stains. In-office whitening, which is also called power whitening, professional whitening and chairside whitening, offers a safe and controlled treatment involving a highly concentrated bleaching agent that removes discoloration with near-immediate results.
Chairside whitening has developed to become a simple process, thanks to advancements in dental products and technology. The use of complex equipment, such as heat lamps that expedite the bleaching process, have significantly cut down the length of time it takes for results to be seen.
The process involves applying a bleaching gel directly to the surface of the teeth, and is activated using a heat and light source, such as a dental laser. The bleaching solution stays on the teeth for 30-60 minutes, depending on the desired outcome. This method has proven to reveal dramatic results immediately following the treatment.
Benefits of Professional Whitening Treatment
When time is essential, no other teeth whitening treatment produces such immediate results; fewer dental visits are required and less time is taken away from your daily routine.
The process of delivering chairside whitening treatments has been developed with optimum safety for the patient in mind. The teeth are isolated and the gel applied only to the tooth structure, avoiding soft tissue damage or discomfort for the patient.
The process has also developed into a more comfortable experience. Using a thick bleaching gel that won’t soak into the tooth’s enamel has helped to alleviate one of the most common complaints – tooth sensitivity. In addition to the enamel-friendly, thicker gel, modern treatments include the use of desensitizers, such as potassium nitrate, and fluoride.
Bleaching is not recommended in children under the age of 16, or for pregnant women. It is also not advised to bleach sensitive teeth, or for patients with receding gums, exposed roots, worn enamel, damaged restorations or peroxide allergies. As with all dental therapies, it’s best to seek out the advice of your dentist before committing to any form of whitening treatment.
Contact Confident Dental and Skin Care Clinic to find out more about our teeth whitening procedures and to schedule an appointment.