Why You Need Professional Teeth Whitening

Why You Need Professional Teeth Whitening

Dec 01, 2019

Teeth discoloration sometimes is inevitable. Our oral hygiene, the food, and drinks we consume can all contribute to discoloration. Furthermore, the tooth color changes as we age, creating the need for teeth whitening.

Two teeth whitening process is available; in-house and at-home. At our dental clinic, we recommend both but lean more on professional teeth whitening.

Why Choose In-office Over At-home Teeth Whitening

In-office teeth whitening offers great benefits;

  • You get a dental assessment to see if you are a candidate for teeth whitening. Do you have sensitive or bleeding gums? Then teeth whitening is not ideal for you.
  • The dentist will protect your gums and also control the intensity of the treatment.

Most over-the-counter whitening kits are generic and may not contain the right amount of hydrogen peroxide needed for removing stains.

We do, however, offer customized at-home whitening dental kits to help you maintain the bright smile at home. So, talk to our dentist if you need one.

In-office Teeth Whitening Procedure

Both in-office and at-home teeth whitening uses hydrogen peroxide but at different levels. The dentist’s whitening agents contain hydrogen peroxide in high amounts to hasten the process.

At times, the dentist can do both external or internal teeth whitening. External teeth whitening involves applying a whitening agent on the enamel, but the dentist may use lasers or LED light to accelerate the process.

Internal teeth whitening, on the other hand, involves bleaching inside of the teeth. The dentist will create a small hole inside the tooth and apply a bleaching agent. Internal tooth bleaching is ideal if you only want one tooth whitened.

In both procedures, the dentist will apply a protective gel on your gums.

Types of Professional Teeth Whitening

The dentist may perform either laser or zoom teeth whitening depending on your preference.

  • Laser teeth whitening or bleaching uses lasers to activate the bleaching agent applied on the teeth. Laser treatment is the most expensive in-office teeth whitening procedure.
  • Zoom teeth whitening is similar to laser, but instead, it uses LED light. This treatment is not as intense as laser bleaching, so you may need more than one dental appointment.

How Long Does It Take to See Results?

The results of the teeth whitening will depend on the type of treatment you choose. For laser bleaching, the process can take one to two hours. However, if you opt for professional teeth whitening kits, it can take ten to 14 days.

How Long Will Whitening Last?

Teeth bleaching results vary based on several factors such as the original shade of the tooth, the teeth whitening method used, and a person’s oral hygiene. However, on average, teeth whitening can last for two to three years.

What Happens After Teeth Whitening?

Hydrogen peroxide has mild side effects, so after the procedure, you can expect;

  • Heightened tooth sensitivity for a day to two. The sensitivity may range from mild to severe. A majority of people benefit from over-the-counter medication and avoiding hot or cold foods.

  • Gum irritation, especially if the whitening agent comes in contact with the gums. The gums might also get discolored for a day or two

How Can You Prevent Teeth Discoloration?

Our teeth are not naturally white. Dentin, the inner part of the teeth, determines the color of our teeth. Naturally, dentin is yellow, grey, or brown. However, with intrinsic factors like age and certain diseases, it gets discolored. Although you can’t do anything about age, there are factors to help protect your teeth from stains;

  • Avoid overconsumption of coffee, tea, red wine, and cola
  • Quit smoking and tobacco chewing
  • Maintain a good oral hygiene
  • Treat any underlying medical conditions
  • Have regular dental checkups

Get Your Teeth Professionally Cleaned

Teeth whitening is a great way to brighten up your smile. However, due to our lifestyle and oral hygiene, our teeth are bound to get discolored again. Having regular teeth whitening appointments will help keep your mouth and teeth bright.

If you are looking for teeth whitening in Woodstock, call us for a consultation and dental assessment.

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