Everyone wants a bright, white smile. For many, our teeth are one of the first things people notice about us. A beautiful smile can boost our confidence and make us feel good about ourselves. So it’s no wonder teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures. Teeth whitening or tooth bleaching, is a common procedure used to improve the appearance of teeth. It uses a chemical agent to bleach teeth and removes deep-seated staining and discoloration.
Various methods can be used for teeth whitening, including over-the-counter products like whitening toothpaste and professional treatments. The most common teeth whitening method is done at home with over-the-counter products such as whitening strips or gels. Hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide are used as the bleaching agent. The peroxide breaks down into water and oxygen, which helps to remove stains from the tooth surface. Home treatments usually take two weeks to achieve the desired results.
A dentist does in-office teeth whitening and typically uses a stronger bleaching agent than available over the counter. In-office treatments can take one to two hours, depending on the severity of the staining. Professional teeth whitening can provide more dramatic results but is also more expensive. Teeth whitening is not permanent and must be repeated every few months to maintain the results.
Some people may experience tooth sensitivity after teeth whitening. This is usually temporary and will go away within a few days. You must follow the directions on the teeth whitening product you use and visit your dentist for regular checkups to ensure the health of your smile. If you are interested in teeth whitening, talk to our dentist about the best options. We can help you determine if teeth whitening is right for you and which method would work best for your individual needs.