Posted on 10/25/2019 by Barbara Ketchum
|If you have considered whitening your teeth, you have probably learned there is a mountain of different ways to do it. Some options are safer than others. Not only are some of these kits not effective, some can be dangerous.
There are many people who, when done wrong or with poor ingredients, end up with teeth look worse than when they began. When it comes to whitening your teeth, it's a procedure much safer and effective in the dental chair. Continue reading below to understand why.
Overview of D.I.Y. Teeth Whitening ProductsMost of the teeth whitening products you buy at the store for home use do not contain enough hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide to whiten your teeth without months of use. Research shows they have associated side effects such as stomach problems, mouth infections, toothache, gum shrinkage, and nerve damage.
It is also very common to experience spotting or patchy teeth due to the uneven spread of the chemicals. You should not use at home bleaching if you are allergic to peroxide, have fillings, crowns, wear braces, take certain prescription drugs, or have any dental restored teeth. Individuals with gum disease, cavities, exposed roots, or worn enamel, need to consult a dental professional before trying it at home.
In-Office Dental Teeth WhiteningYou will first need a consultation visit because not everybody is a good fit to have their teeth whitened. If you have large fillings or crowns on your front teeth, bleaching them is not a good idea because the bleach will whiten your natural teeth, but it will not whiten the teeth that have been repaired. You don't want to have your front teeth different colors.
Teeth whitening is the most effective on yellow discoloration. The process of whitening your teeth in a dental office is pretty straightforward. A lip retractor is applied to your lips and your gums will be coated with a gel. Using an ultraviolet light, it hardens the gel protecting your gums with what is called a gingival barrier.
A compound is applied to protect against tooth sensitivity. Next, a gel made of 20-30% of hydrogen peroxide (4-5 times stronger than any D.I.Y. kits) is applied to your teeth, followed by a high powered light that speeds up the oxidation process, breaking up the stains on your teeth. Your dentist will spray off the gel, then reapply a fresh coat as many times as is necessary within the space of roughly 45 minutes. It is a non-invasive and relatively fast procedure.
While the results of having your teeth whitened professionally can last for years, it is going to depend on your diet and other habits like using tobacco or drinking soda, coffee, or wine. Some dentist will recommend having a mold of your teeth made at the office and provide whitening gel, allowing you to wear it at night every 6-8 months. This aids in maintaining the color of your teeth. Like anything else with value.
When it comes to getting your teeth whitened. You are going to get what you pay for. Our office has performed many teeth whitening procedures and would be happy to schedule a consultation to review your teeth. Once we completed we can start the process in jazzing up your smile. Give us a call today to get scheduled.
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