Teeth whitening is a safe way to brighten your smile and boost your confidence. It is a quick, easy and inexpensive solution to improve the appearance of your teeth without restorations or complex treatment, making it one of the most popular choices for patients seeking cosmetic dentistry.What is teeth whitening?
All teeth whitening products contain an active ingredient called peroxide, and come as either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. As the bleaching agent is broken down, the peroxide penetrates the microscopic pores in tooth enamel to lift away stains and brighten teeth, while leaving the structure of your tooth unchanged.
What types of teeth whitening procedures are available?
Take-home whitening is most suitable for those who prefer to whiten their teeth at home or at their convenience. A take-home whitening kit includes a custom-made whitening tray that fits your teeth and avoids your gums, and carbamide peroxide whitening gel for at-home whitening.
In-chair whitening is carried out in the dental chair in around an hour. Our first step to whitening your teeth is placing a lip and cheek guard in your mouth to keep your mouth open and tongue away from the whitening gel. Next, Dr Daniel will apply a protective barrier to the gums to reduce irritation and sensitivity. Then, a professional-strength hydrogen peroxide whitening gel is placed on the surfaces of the teeth, accelerating the whitening procedure. This process can be repeated within the same visit up to three times to achieve the desired results.
Some people may experience some mild discomfort and sensitivity during treatment but these side effects will soon resolve. You may need future treatments to ensure your smile remains white and bright. Many patients have reported results lasting up to 2-3 years. In-chair whitening may often be followed by a take-home whitening kit, this allows the process to continue at home for the brightest results.