How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
Hydrogen or carbamide peroxide (which turns into hydrogen peroxide upon activation) contain oxygen molecules that penetrate the tooth enamel to break down the bonds that hold onto stains. Through oxidation, stains are removed and the tooth is effectively 'bleached', leaving you white a beautiful white smile.
Benefits of Teeth Whitening
What are the benefits of teeth whitening? Well, whiter, more attractive-looking teeth, of course! But the truth is, teeth whitening does so much more than that. It can open doors for you by ensuring you feel confident in those once-in-a-lifetime events and photos.
It can make you seem more appealing, open, and sure of yourself, which can lead to greater career and social opportunities. Professional whitening treatments are performed effectively and safely, ensuring that you don’t cause any accidental harm to your mouth in the process.
Investing in your smile also makes you more likely to practice good oral hygiene and reduce harmful activities like smoking or consuming staining foods and drinks.
In-office whitening is performed by the dentist in the dental chair. You will come in for an hour-long appointment, but in severe staining circumstances, you may need multiple appointments to achieve your desired level of whiteness.
A cheek retractor will be placed in your mouth to keep your teeth exposed and we will apply a protective gel to your gums so it doesn’t come into contact with the whitening agent. From there, we apply the peroxide-based gel to each tooth, activate it with UV light, and then rinse it off.
By the end, you will notice a drastic change in the shade of your teeth, by up to 10 shades! This is perfect for formal events, dances, and weddings if your teeth need a quick pick-me-up.
Let’s say you’re unhappy with the discoloration of your teeth but you’re not in a rush to get it done by a certain date or for an upcoming event. Perhaps you even suffer from tooth sensitivity and are concerned about whitening not being a good option for you.
In these cases, take-home whitening is the ideal option. That’s right, you can whiten your teeth by yourself at home! It will take longer to achieve your results (about 2 weeks instead of 1 hour) but you can do it on your own time, schedule, and privacy.
The peroxide concentration is much lower, which is why you will need to wear the whitening trays for much longer to achieve the same result. The process begins with a dental appointment where we will take impressions of your teeth to create a mold for your whitening trays.
Once they’re ready, we’ll call you back to pick them up, and then you can start your treatment at home by following the instructions.
How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?
This varies from person to person, but it can last anywhere from 6 months to 3 years. It can vary so much because each person has different oral hygiene habits, lifestyles, and diets.
The more staining foods and drinks you consume, the less you brush your teeth, and the more you engage in behaviors like smoking that negatively affect the shade of your teeth, the shorter the lifespan of your whitening treatment will be.
To prolong the effects of your newly whitened teeth, regularly brush and floss, go to the dentist every 6 months, avoid smoking and reduce your consumption of staining foods and drinks.I’m