Are you wondering if teeth whitening is for you?
Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions and concerns we often get.
What is Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening is an easy process where one of two tooth-safe bleaches, hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, is used to break up and remove stains on your teeth.
Stains can be both internal, and external. External stains are what you can see on the outer layer of enamel, usually caused by our diet. Internal stains deal are usually what we are born with or develop as we are growing.
The science of the teeth whitening process is as follows: when the peroxide solution is placed on your teeth, the oxygen molecules work into the stains. Depending on the amount of the concentrated solution used, you will see 1-2 shades of a difference in your teeth whiteness.
Why Get It Done At A Dentist?
If you are looking for a safe and effective way to whiten your teeth, definitely get it done under Dental supervision. A Dental Professional will ensure that you are a good candidate for whitening as some may not be. We also ensure that your periodontal (gum) and dental health is in exceptional condition before whitening is recommended. In addition, the professional bleach concentrations at a Dental Office are stronger than outside products and whiten the teeth more quickly.
How does the process work?
There are two ways to bleach teeth.
- Vital bleaching: used to whiten living teeth that have become stained by food, tobacco, or age.
- Non-vital bleaching: done on teeth that changed color because of a root canal for example. Lightens from the inside out.
Your dentist may offer the following procedures for bleaching teeth depending on how stained they are:
- Using a unique bleach solution on the stained teeth, using heat or light to begin the bleaching action
- Using a mouthguard filled with a tooth-friendly bleach solution for a set amount of time
- Brushing teeth with the same bleach solution as before, mixed with toothpaste.
Bleaching should definitely be done only under a dentist’s supervision to be safe and effective, especially if lasers and light procedures are used.