If you want your teeth to become as white as possible, you should consider getting a professional teeth whitening from your dentist. Dentists use high concentration Peroxide to give you the best possible whitening results. Teeth whitening products directly apply a high concentration of Carbamide Peroxide or Hydrogen Peroxide to your teeth surfaces. The bleaching gel breaks down and releases Peroxide which penetrates deep into your teeth surfaces. Peroxide breaks down internal teeth stains to brighten and whiten your smile.
What is a typical in-office whitening session like?
First, your dentist will perform a thorough exam before starting whitening treatment. They make sure that there’s no major obstacles to whitening your teeth. For example, if there are fillings on your front teeth or exposed roots, this needs to be addressed prior to bleaching your teeth. Your dentist will also make sure that your teeth are clean enough for the whitening treatment to work. Bleaching teeth that are covered with plaque and tartar is not as effective. Therefore, there’s a chance you have to get a dental cleaning before starting your whitening treatment. Most whitening treatments are completed during a single one-hour session. Treatment usually takes between 45 minutes to an hour, depending on which system your dentist uses and how white you want your smile to be.
Professional teeth whitening starts by first isolate your teeth. This is done by placing a barrier right where your teeth meet the gums. The whitening gel that your dentist uses is very strong and you need to make sure that the gel doesn’t contaminate gum tissues. Afterward, the bleaching gel is applied evenly to all teeth surfaces that are planned for whitening. This includes the visible surfaces of your front 6 to 10 teeth. All you have to do now is sit back, relax, and let the whitening gel brighten your smile!
Why are whitening procedures at the dentist so effective?
Teeth whitening at your dentist is much more effective than over-the-counter alternatives. Here are a few reasons why you get such better results whitening your teeth at the dentist as compared to other bleaching methods:
Stronger bleaching gel
Over the counter teeth whitening products use less than 16% Carbamide Peroxide (or its equivalent in Hydrogen Peroxide). On the opposite hand, dentists are allowed to use 40% Carbamide Peroxide. High concentrations of peroxide can damage your teeth and gums if used unsupervised. They, can cause extreme tooth sensitivity or gum inflammation and sometimes the side-effects are permanent. Over the counter whitening products are not allowed to use such high concentrations of peroxide, due to their high risks. High concentrations of bleaching gels should only be applied in a controlled environment by an experienced professional, aka your dentist.
Faster and better results
Using a high concentration peroxide means you get faster and better results. Most teeth whitening systems use a light source to assist in the bleaching process. The light source, which is either an LED, halogen or plasmaarc light, is used to break down the whitening gel into its active ingredients. Using these special lights helps speed up the gel activation process to give you better end results.
Important note: If your whitening system uses a bleaching light, your dentist will give you protective goggles to wear during your whitening treatment.
Treatment in a controlled environment
There are several benefits to having your dentist supervise your whitening treatment. First off, your dentist can help you determine if you’re a good candidate for teeth whitening. Certain teeth shades don’t do as well with whitening treatment. Your dentist can also examine your teeth to see if there are any fillings or crowns which may interfere with treatment. Your dentist will look for sensitive areas and cover them with a protective barrier before starting treatment. Finally, your dentist will monitor your bleaching process to make sure that you don’t end up with pain and sensitivity afterward. If you do end up with some tooth sensitivity, your dentist can offer solutions to reduce the sensitivity and help you recover faster.
How much does professional teeth whitening cost?
Professional teeth whitening treatment is the most effective way to whiten your smile. Most professional teeth whitening treatments cost a few hundred dollars. The bleaching material that your dentist uses is among the major factors that determine cost of treatment. Expect to pay a premium price for the most popular whitening products, such as Zoom!® or KöR®.
You won’t have to look too far if you’re looking for a dentist who performs teeth whitening, Almost all general dentists offer some type of teeth whitening services. You can always go online to see who is running a whitening special near you. Typically, if you have a dentist that you’ve been going to regularly, he or she will probably offer you the best deal on your whitening treatment. Contact a dentist near you to learn more about your teeth whitening treatment options and your smile will thank you for it!