Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is the process of making your teeth a few shades lighter to increase visual appeal. It’s the most popular form of cosmetic dentistry and can be done in various ways, including at-home and in-office treatments, both of which are supervised by a professional dentist. Dentists recommend teeth whitening to remove stains and whiten discolored teeth from cavities, pigmented food, and excessive tobacco use.

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Step 1: Consultation

The first thing in your teeth whitening appointment is a consultation, which includes a thorough exam and possibly x-rays. The dentist will check the state of your teeth and gums to determine whether they’re healthy enough for the procedure. Patients with underlying oral health issues might need treatment before teeth whitening. Your dentist may also recommend a cleaning to remove plaque and bacteria in your teeth during the first step.

Step 2: Shade Assessment and Gum Protection

The dentist then compares your teeth to a shade chart to find a shade that best mimics your tooth’s natural color. Doing so is important to find the best whitening technique for your teeth. The dentist will then apply a protective gel to your gums and lips to protect them from the whitening agent.

Step 3: Application of the Whitening Agent

The dentist then applies a high-concentration bleaching agent on your teeth, usually hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. The dentist then uses a special light to activate the whitening agent and leaves it on your teeth for a specific period. They repeat this process until your teeth are the ideal shade of white.

Step 4: Final Evaluation

The dentist will take a final look at your teeth before sending you home with instructions on how to take care of your whitened teeth. They’ll also schedule follow-up visits to maintain your newly brightened smile.

Types of Teeth Whitening

In-Office Teeth Whitening

In-house teeth whitening is whitening handled by a professional dentist and is the most effective type of teeth whitening. There are two types of in-house whitening. The first one involves the application of a whitening agent, while the second involves the use of custom-fitted teeth whitening trays.

At-Home Teeth Whitening

Your dentist will provide you with a take-home whitening kit that is designed to give you in-office results from the comfort of your own home. Following their instructions, you will apply the whitening agent at home daily for 1-2 weeks until your smile reaches the desired shade.

Laser teeth whitening

Laser teeth whitening involves using a combination of whitening gel and a laser to whiten your teeth one tooth at a time. This technique is very effective and much faster than other teeth whitening methods.


Is Teeth Whitening Permanent?

No, teeth whitening isn’t permanent, although the results typically last for 1-3 years for most patients. How long the results last depends on the teeth whitening technique used and how well you take care of your teeth.

Does Teeth Whitening Damage Teeth?

No, teeth whitening doesn’t damage teeth. Although dentists use a strong bleaching agent, your teeth will still retain their structure and work as they should. However, it’s not uncommon to feel slight sensitivity in your teeth after treatment, although this symptom should disappear in a few days.

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