Your teeth can become discolored for different reasons. Some are genetic, while others can be caused by certain medications or illnesses. Drinking coffee, tea, soda, or wine can also cause discoloration. So can smoking or using tobacco products.
What IsTeeth Whitening
One of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures, teeth whitening works to eliminate dental stains and whiten teeth.
Teeth whitening is suitable for most patients. It can safely lighten teeth that have become yellow due to age or are stained due to certain foods and drinks. A teeth whitening procedure can also help teeth that have become darkened due to antibiotics or injury.
Types of Teeth Whitening Methods
There are several teeth whitening methods available, and they can be chosen based on the severity of the patient’s teeth discoloration and their convenience. They include:
- Professional Teeth Whitening
Professional teeth whitening is the fastest, safest, and most effective way to brighten your smile. In-office teeth whitening uses a gel containing a highly concentrated solution of hydrogen peroxide that is activated by a laser. The laser breaks down the staining molecules, allowing them to be washed away. The solution is applied multiple times to the teeth, each session lasting about 45 minutes. After each session, the dentist will monitor the patient's progress and may recommend further applications until the desired shade is achieved.
Results are immediate and noticeable. Whitening results are durable but may need to be touched up every several years.
- Take-home whitening trays
Take-home whitening trays are custom-made trays provided by the dentist that fit snuggly over your teeth. The trays are filled with whitening gel and worn twice a day or overnight for a certain amount of time. Take-home trays are a convenient way to whiten your teeth at home.
- Over-the-counter Teeth Whitening
Over-the-counter teeth whitening products contain a lower concentration of whitening agents than professional options. They usually contain between 3% and 15% carbamide peroxide, which can remove superficial surface stains. Over-the-counter products are not as strong as professional products, so it can take several applications to see results.
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