Teeth stains are inevitable due to our daily consumption of foods and drinks. However, advanced teeth whitening technology has enabled dentists to whiten teeth without adversely affecting the tooth structure.
Almost all whitening methods are similar in concept, but some are much more effective because of the way the whitening material is delivered to the teeth. Another contributing factor is the concentration of the material, which is why less potent over-the-counter whitening systems usually don’t give patients the results they are hoping for.
The two main methods of professional whitening are at-home tray whitening and in-office whitening. For at-home tray whitening, models of your teeth are made in order to make clear trays. You then put a small amount of whitening gel into the tray as directed for a period of time until an acceptable result is achieved. Sensitivity of the teeth is a normal side-effect of this whitening method and is almost always transitional.
In-office whitening is usually the most effective. In our office the procedure takes about 1.5 hours where a concentrated bleach solution is applied to each individual tooth under constant supervision by the dentist. You can achieve significant whitening results the same day!
Maintaining your white smile is important. We will discuss with you the best methods for you individually. If you have any questions about teeth whitening, give us a call today!