Dental teeth whitening has become an extremely popular treatment over the past decade. Teeth whitening involves bleaching the teeth to make them lighter in shade. There are many instances where dental professionals have seen drastic improvements, in just a one hour, in office appointment. Whitening is a very good initial treatment for stained, dark, or discolored teeth. Stain can arise from many external factors, which include smoking, coffee, and red wine. Remember that different types of stains respond differently to whitening.
What is Required to whiten my teeth?
There are multiple options for dental teeth whitening. These include in office, Zoom procedures. During this type of procedure patients have their teeth isolated, followed by the placement of the whitening gel (carbamide peroxide). They then sit under a UV light, which helps speed up the bleaching process.
The next option is a take home kit, where custom trays are first made by your dental professional. The trays will fit exactly to your mouth and will house the whitening gel. Patients will wear the trays for approximately 30 minutes a day for 1-2 weeks. If sensitivity arises, patients are urged to contact their dentist. It may then be recommend to take a break for a few days, or also to use a desensitizing gel. Each and every patient is different and that is why it is important to consult your dental professional prior to dental teeth whitening.
A third option is a do it yourself whitening kit, which can be bought from the drugstore. These typically do not have the same concentrations, or strength, but can also work well in certain cases. Please contact your dentist prior to whitening.