a very conservative and non-invasive approach to creating a brighter and
more appealing smile. Teeth can often take on a darker and unattractive
appearance with age or from contact with staining substances. Tobacco,
coffee or tea, juices, poor hygiene, genetics, and natural aging can cause
the discoloration. Bleaching has become very popular for a whiter and brighter
smile because it's fast, simple and inexpensive with excellent and predictable
There are two
commonly used methods for bleaching: at-home and in-office. Both begin
with an office consultation to determine if the patient is a good candidate
for the bleaching process. The at-home technique is least expensive. The
in-office method (power bleaching) allows the dentist to place a higher
concentration of an oxidizing agent to the teeth.
TEETH WHITENING PROCEDURES
A custom mouthpiece
or "tray" is made by the dental office to fit your teeth. This tray fits
over the patient's teeth and holds the bleaching material against the teeth
for a specified period of time. There are different concentrations of bleach
that are worn via the tray for 30 minutes per day for an average of 10
to 14 days. The regimen will be determined by the dentist and may differ
for each patient. If the teeth become more sensitive to hot and cold, a
"desensitizing" material may be used in the same tray on alternating days.
Results are usually excellent with this method and the trays can be used
to remove to remove future staining.
METHOD (Power Bleaching)
The gum tissues
are covered to protect them from being irritated by a higher concentration
of the bleaching material. The bleach may be then activated by a high intensity
light or a laser to accelerate the process. This method is usually repeated
at separate appointments. Most patients require a touch-up after one to
five years, depending on the patient's habits and desires.
and in-office treatments are considerably more effective than the whiteners
available at retail outlets. The over-the-counter products have much lower
concentrations of bleach and sometimes use materials and ill-fitting trays
that can cause damage to the teeth and gums.
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