Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening from Richard Malek, DMD

By: Richard Malek, DMD  02/12/2015
Keywords: Cosmetic Dentistry, Teeth Whitening, Cosmetic Dentist

There are many products and techniques available for patients who want to achieve a brighter smile. With so many options available, it can be difficult to choose the method that is right for you. The first professional option is commonly referred to as in-office whitening. This procedure is performed in a dental office. During an appointment, a dental professional will apply a whitening gel to the surface of your teeth. The entire office visit generally takes about 90 minutes and you will be able to see results immediately. Tray bleaching is a type of professional whitening that uses custom-made trays and whitening gel available only through a dentist. The whitening gel is placed in custom-fitted trays that fit perfectly over your teeth. As the peroxide in the gel breaks down, hydroxyradicals help whiten stained teeth. There are many over-the-counter teeth whitening options. One type of readily accessible whitening products is commonly referred to as a “paint-on” teeth whitener. Paint-on whiteners can be purchased over the counter and generally are less expensive and less effective than whitening strips or professional options. Teeth-whitening strips are thin, flexible plastic (polyethylene) strips with a thin film of hydrogen peroxide on one side. Whitening strip kits come with two types of strips: strips for the upper teeth and strips for the lower. The whitening agent is applied by placing the strips across your teeth and gently pressing them into place to ensure contact with all your teeth. Teeth-whitening strips are typically worn for 30 minutes a day, twice a day. The duration of treatment will vary. The least expensive options are whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes. Designed to have “whitening” capabilities, toothpastes and mouthwashes work to remove surface stains using mild abrasives. However, unlike the materials used in professional whitening procedures, these products do not lighten the actual color shade of the tooth. Whitening toothpastes affect surface stains and will mildly lighten your teeth.

Keywords: Cosmetic Dentist, Cosmetic Dentistry, Teeth Whitening

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