Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments offering a quick, non-invasive and affordable way to enhance a smile. Universally valued by men and women alike, whitening (or bleaching) treatments are available to satisfy every budget, time frame and temperament. Whether in the form of professionally administered one-hour whitening sessions at a dental office or cosmetic spa, or home-use bleaching kits purchased at your local drugstore, solutions abound.
Virtually everyone who opts for a teeth whitening solution sees moderate to substantial improvement in the brightness and whiteness of their smile. That said, it’s not a permanent solution to discoloration and requires maintenance or “touch-ups” for a prolonged effect.
Proficient bleaching is the most common technique of tooth whitening. First, the dental team will put a rubber shield or a gel on your gums to shield them. They will then apply the whitening item to your teeth, utilizing a specially made tray that fits into your mouth like a mouthguard.
The ‘active ingredient’ in the item is typically hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. As the active ingredient is separated, oxygen gets into the enamel on the teeth and the tooth color is made lighter.
The impacts of whitening usually last up to three years. Nevertheless, this will differ from person to person. The impact is less likely to last as long if you smoke, or eat or drink items that can stain your teeth.
Teeth whitening treatments are considered to be safe when procedures are followed as directed. However, there are certain risks associated with bleaching that you should be aware of:
To extend the longevity of newly whitened teeth, dentists are likely to recommend: