Professional tooth whitening in a dental office is the preferred whitening method because even though stronger agents are applied, the rest of the mouth, including the gums, is protected from these materials. The best whitening systems feature a buffer in the gel that protects the tooth enamel from damage, are extremely effective, and can transform teeth in a single office visit. Your teeth can literally brighten up to 10 shades in about an hour.
In-Office Teeth Whitening Options
Custom-made bleaching trays. Custom trays are used the same way as those sold over the counter, with the benefit of being custom-fit by your dentist. The tray fits snugly, ensuring all surfaces of your teeth are exposed to the gel. Additionally, the gel prescribed by your dentist is stronger than what you can purchase over-the-counter, so results are seen faster.
Opalescence Boost. Opalescence Boost is an in-office whitening treatment that provides brighter teeth in just 40 minutes. This quick and comfortable treatment does not require the use of hot lights. The unique whitening formula is both safe and very effective. Click here to learn more about Opalescence Boost.
While over-the-counter tooth whitening products are available, dentist-supervised tooth whitening remains the safest, most effective method for brightening your smile.
Commercially available tooth whitening systems have become popular, mainly because they’re relatively inexpensive and easy to use. They include whitening strips, paint-on tooth gel, mouth trays with gel, whitening toothpaste, and even whitening gum. These are typically safe products, but if you have oral concerns, it’s a good idea to ask your dentist if these products are safe to use.
Who is Good Candidate for Teeth Whitening?
Not all smiles respond equally to bleaching treatments, making tooth-whitening procedures unsuccessful in some cases. Yellow-hued teeth typically bleach well, but whitening products may not improve the appearance of teeth tinted brown or gray.
Many things cause our teeth to look discolored, including the following:
• Trauma to the tooth
• Certain medications, like Tetracycline
• Age of teeth
• Tobacco products and pigmented foods like cola or red wine
• Poor oral hygiene
• Too much fluoride
• Changes to tooth enamel
• Discoloration caused by intrinsic factors such as genetics, medication or trauma is when the inner structure of the tooth, or the dentin, has darkened or yellowed. Intrinsic color issues are difficult to fix. Deposits on your teeth from tobacco, foods, drinks, etc. cause extrinsic color changes. Extrinsic discoloration is more easily treated.
Disadvantages to Teeth Whitening?
• Teeth-whitening procedures are not permanent, and you may require multiple treatments over the years to maintain a bright smile. If teeth are cared for properly, treatments typically last between one and three years.
• Some people may experience tooth sensitivity during or after whitening procedures. A small percentage of people experience tooth enamel loss from over-treatment.
• Lastly, whitening chemicals cannot change the color of crowns, implants, bonding materials or tooth-colored fillings.
If you would like to learn more about the best option for your needs, click here to request an appointment with your dentist at Masci & Hale Advanced Dentistry, or call us at (845) 457-5763.