If you’re looking for the fastest way to whiten your teeth and lift surface stains, you may want to consider in-office Tooth Whitening. In-office Tooth Whitening is the process of a whitening product being applied directly to the teeth by a hygienist. You can easily and comfortably lay back, relax and whiten your teeth in just one appointment. However, to get the best results possible, you must continue visiting your dentist and dental hygienist on a regular basis.
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How Does Whitening Last?
Tooth whitening works well but is not a permanent option, it must be maintained. If you are eat and drink foods that cause staining, such as tea, coffee and red wine, you can expect your white teeth to gradually fade over time. However, if you are able to avoid or limit staining foods and beverages you may be able to wait longer before you need another whitening treatment or touch up.
Typical results of the whitening treatment are going to vary between every individual as well as the condition of the teeth, the amount of staining, as well as the system that is used. Come visit the team at Chagger Dental and we will help choose the best tooth whitening option for you.
At Home Versus In-office Methods
While getting a white smile with your own methods may be less expensive, you may not get the same results as you would with dental office whitening. Let’s look at a few of the various differences between the two methods.
One of the major differences between over-the-counter products versus dentist supervised at home products is the fact that they typically contain a lower strength bleaching agent.
When a dentist supervised at-home bleaching product is used, such as a whitening tray, an impression of your teeth is made by the dentist and the mouthpiece is customized to fit your teeth exactly. This type of customization is going to allow for the maximum contact between a whitening gel and the teeth. In addition, the use of an custom made tray is going to minimize the contact the gel has with the gum tissue.
Over-the-counter whitening products contain a mouthpiece tray however they use a “one-size-fits-all” approach and the fitting is not going to be exact to your teeth. Due to this fact, these types of trays can irritate the soft tissue and gums by allowing the whitening gel to seep into the tissue. When the procedure is applied, the bleaching agent will be applied directly to the teeth.
When you go in for professional teeth whitening, a protective gel to cover the gum tissue or a rubber shield will be used prior to treatment in an effort to protect the tissue and gums from the bleaching gel. When dealing with over-the-counter products or a take home kit, they simply cannot provide these added benefits.
To achieve whiter teeth, your dentist will perform an oral exam and look at your complete medical history, this is done to ensure that bleaching is the right course of treatment based on the stains (from tea or coffee) as well as restorations. At this point, the dentist will also make sure to check your overall dental health. The dentist will then be able to match the type of teeth bleaching with the stain to safely and effectively provide a treatment in an effort to begin removing stains.
Once the procedure has been done, your dental care professional will likely follow up with you on a couple of occasions to answer any questions you may have as well as ensure that the trays fit your mouth properly, check for any signs of gum irritation as well as see that the procedure is working, giving you a whiter and brighter smile. When you use over-the-counter bleaching products, you do not have this advantage.
Patients who have teeth with worn enamel or general gum disease are usually not encouraged to undergo a teeth whitening process. In addition, any cavities will need to be treated before a whitening procedure is begun. This is due to the fact that the whitening solutions will penetrate into the existing decay as well as the inner areas the tooth which may cause pain and sensitivity. Additionally, whitening agents are not able to work on exposed roots due to the fact that they do not have an enamel layer. We want to ensure your teeth are as healthy as possible before undergoing whitening procedures.
Any type of resin composite materials or fillings that have been used in prior restorations will not be able to be whitened. Due to this fact, when you use a whitening agent on teeth that include restorations you will not have an even whitening. If possible, a whitening treatment should be done before the placement of any restorations or the restorations can be replaced to match your new tooth colour.
Individuals that have numerous restorations or sensitive teeth and do not want an uneven whitening to their teeth may consider veneers, bonding or crowns as opposed to a teeth whitening system. Chagger Dental offers many different forms of cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with your dentist to determine which whitening treatment is the best strategy for you.