Unfortunately over time, age, wine, tea, coffee, and certain foods may discolor your teeth. However, if your smile has lost its brilliance, multiple teeth whitening options can provide you with a beautiful, brilliant smile. While over-the-counter products are available, they do not provide the stunning benefits that you can enjoy when you head to your dentist’s office for in-office whitening procedures.
One of the main benefits of in-office teeth whitening is the fast results you’ll enjoy. If you want a bright, white smile fast, then in-office whitening offers the fastest results. Since a dentist over looks in-office whitening, it’s also the safest whitening option. Since dentists often use desensitizers with in-office whitening treatments, you’ll also find that tooth and gum sensitivity are less of a problem.
While teeth whitening procedures work well for most people, this treatment may not be suitable for everyone. For example, patients with gum and tooth hypersensitivity may not want to use in-office whitening since it uses stronger bleaching ingredients. Patients who have transparent teeth or deep intractable stains may not find in-office whitening to be the best choice. If you have questions about whether this treatment will provide you with the results you want, always consult with your dentist.
While in-office treatments may vary, most follow the same sequence of events. Teeth are often prepped with a prophylactic cleaning, removing any debris and plaque that may have accumulated between teeth or on the surface of teeth. Before applying a bleaching gel, a hardening resin or a liquid rubber dam is applied to gum tissue to protect it from irritation. Then, bleaching gel is applied to teeth and left on for 15-30 minutes. Next, the gel is washed or suctioned away, and new gel is applied for at least one more period of 15-30 minutes. In some cases, an intense light may be focused on your teeth to enhance or activate the whitening process. While results vary, in-office whitening can make teeth up to eight shades whiter.