While other teeth whitening products like toothpastes, gels, strips, rinses, and trays are available, in-office bleaching is the best way to whiten teeth for several reasons. For one thing, the professional products used have stronger whitening ingredients (i.e., abrasives, hydrogen peroxide) than over-the-counter products, thus, the whiter results in just a single session. For another thing, the dentist can apply safety measures during the teeth whitening procedure, thus, making in-office bleaching the choice among safety-conscious clients.
The bottom line: In-office teeth whitening is considered as the best – safest procedure, quickest results, and most long-lasting effect – than all the other options. But before undergoing it,
Here are a few things to know about the teeth whitening procedure in the dentist’s clinic.
While all types of whitening products are applied directly on the teeth, many of these products are applied with one of several methods in activating the whitening compound. As such, your doctor will use either a heat generation device, a special light tool, and/or a laser for this purpose; ask your doctor about the complementary device to be used in your teeth whitening case and then do your homework.
With the combination of the professional teeth whitening product and the device, dramatic results can be achieved in a single session lasting anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes depending on the yellowness of the teeth. In many cases, several sessions are necessary but in mild yellowing, a single session will suffice.
The teeth whitening process requires no cutting, no etching, and no removal of dental enamel. Little to no pain beyond slight discomfort should be experienced under the hands of a skilled dentist.
The in-clinic teeth whitening process should obviously be undertaken by a qualified dentist for the. The process can be summarised as follows:
- Your gums and cavities are covered in a protective special rubber compound or a rubber shield, which will protect the sensitive tissues to the slightly abrasive effects of the teeth whitening product. Keep in mind that only your natural teeth can be whitened – crowns, veneers, and bridges cannot be bleached.
- The teeth whitening solution is prepared, usually by mixing two phases, and then directly applied to your teeth. The complementary device will be used on the product to facilitate faster teeth whitening results.
- After the appropriate exposure time, the bleaching solution followed by the gum protection are removed from your teeth and mouth, respectively. You will be asked to thoroughly rinse your mouth with water.
As a safety precaution, your dentist will check on each of your teeth and your entire mouth area to determine that, indeed, you are a suitable candidate for the teeth whitening procedure. For example, professional cleaning will be done first or faulty fillings must be removed beforehand.
Depending on the degree of discolouration (i.e., yellowness) of your teeth as well as the type of procedure performed, the teeth whitening results can anywhere be from 1 to 14 degrees of brightening effect. The results will last anywhere from 1 to 3 years depending in several factors including good regular dental hygiene (i.e., daily toothbrush care and avoidance of stain-causing foods like coffee) and regular professional care.
Indeed, the benefits of teeth whitening more than outweigh its costs but you must adopt the appropriate oral hygiene habits to extend the life, so to speak, of the process.