Whitening, also known as teeth whitening, is the act of bleaching your teeth to achieve a whiter hue. Whitening agents, either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide, are included in the bleaching process. If you have stained, yellowed, or not-so-white teeth, Wilson Dentistry has the knowledge and experience to vastly improve your smile.
How Does Whitening Work?
To achieve whitening, either the carbamide peroxide or the hydrogen peroxide is applied to the teeth. Upon contact, the peroxide divides the visible blemishes into fragments. This fragmentation helps reduce the cluster of stains and discolorations, which then enables the teeth to whiten.
Why Get Whitening Done
There are many reasons why whitening is important. Teeth can be discolored due to mouth injuries, as well as from food, liquids, and tobacco stains. Whitening is also a go-to when the color of teeth becomes uneven, or when someone needs a brighter smile.
Different Whitening Processes
You can get whitening done in various ways and places. In addition to in-office whitening, you can try home-whitening, or over-the-counter whitening.
In-office whitening involves an office visit to the dentist. The dentist affixes a shield or protective sticky substance to your teeth before the whitening bleach is applied. This method does not take a lot of time and can usually be done within an hour. Another type of in-office whitening procedure is laser whitening which also takes about an hour from start to finish. It involves the application of bleaching gel on your teeth. After this application, the bleaching gel is activated by shining a laser light on your teeth.
The home-whitening process also requires an office visit where our dentists will walk you through the steps after providing you with the whitening tray and bleach concentration. Results from this method take longer than the in-office whitening. According to the American Dental Association, the home-whitening kits contain 10% - 38% carbamide peroxide and the duration of the whitening process depends on the concentration in use.
Over-the-counter whitening, also known as OTC whitening, involves purchasing stain-removal toothpastes and/or whitening strips from pharmacies or online, and performing the whitening process yourself. The bleach concentration is much lower than you would get from an in-office whitening, so it is noteworthy to bear in mind that results will vary greatly among products and usage.
After the whitening procedure is done and the current color of your teeth has been improved, the new shade is expected to last anywhere from six months, up to three years. It varies from one patient to the next. Things like smoking, drinking dark liquids such as coffee or wine, and consuming stained foods will impact the color of your teeth. However, you can extend the duration of the whitening if you take good care of them by brushing your teeth twice daily, abstaining from stain-inducing liquids, and flossing each day.
When Can You Get Whitening Done?
In-office whitening requires an appointment at your convenience. If you or your loved one would like a brighter and whiter smile from an in-office whitening process or a home-whitening process, come see our professionals at Wilson Dentistry or call (346) 340-5440 today.