Got a job interview? Or a date? Or maybe you just want to feel all sparkly and white.
Why do people require teeth whitening in the first place? Mostly because of the enamel, the outer layer of the tooth, gets thinner or stained over time, either due to the aging process, tobacco consumption, lacking oral hygiene or drinking dark colored liquids. Aging can cause the brightness of the teeth to diminish because the enamel gets thinner while the dentin that lies underneath gets darker.
As you are probably aware, teeth whitening can be done by a dentist or at home by the use of over-the-counter kits. So what makes going to a dentist for whitening better than doing it yourself at home?
First and foremost, the over-the-counter kits contain a weaker whitening agent than that a dentist has, this means that whitening at home will be more time consuming and the mouthpiece that is provided with the kit is not as good of a fit as the one your dentist provides you with, this allows for better, and longer-lasting whitening.
It is safest to approach a dentist for a whitening procedure because this produces the fastest results. Professional help helps to keep sensitivity, which is a major concern regarding over-the-counter kits, to a bare minimum. This is because dentists can utilize desensitizers like fluoride and potassium nitrate.
It is true, however, that in-office bleaching may not be a permanent solution for you. A lot of the patients we encounter are recommended the use of home maintenance, this is usually because their teeth start accumulating stains soon after the treatment by the dental hygienist. But, it is important to make sure that the initial treatment must be undergone under professional supervision to prevent or limit any side effects and only if recommended by the dentist should you use over-the-counter kits for maintenance.
Now, what should you expect the whitening procedure will entail? First and foremost, a retractor will be used to expose all of the teeth that are visible in a smile, then for protection of the gums, a hardening substance will be applied on them, then the bleaching gel will be applied to the exposed teeth and left to sit for 15-25 minutes. After the waiting period, the gel is washed off and then reapplied for another 15 minutes, this continues until the dental hygienist is satisfied with the whitening achieved.
We hope to see you soon and wish you bright, white and wide smiles.