Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure that removes staining and discoloration from your teeth. The causes of tooth discoloration are many, but the most common include smoking, poor oral hygiene, eating beverages or foods that can stain teeth, aging, certain medications, trauma, and genetics.
Whether you have stains from coffee, tea, wine, or aging, there are many options for teeth whitening. Your dentist may recommend over-the-counter products like whitening strips, gels, or toothpastes. However, these products are typically less effective than professional teeth whitening treatments.
Professional teeth whitening uses a stronger whitening solution than over-the-counter options and produces much better, longer-lasting results. In-office whitening treatments use a light to speed up the whitening process, but at-home treatments use custom-made whitening trays that mold to your teeth to evenly distribute the whitening solution.
Laser Teeth Whitening
Laser teeth whitening is one of the most effective ways to brighten your teeth. The laser can remove tough stains from your teeth, revealing a whiter smile. However, this is not the only benefit of laser teeth whitening. The laser can also be used to reshape the teeth. If you have teeth that are crooked, misaligned, or misshapen, laser teeth whitening can help.
In-office Teeth Whitening
When you choose in-office teeth whitening, your dentist will first clean your teeth. Then, they will apply a bleaching gel to the teeth. This gel is applied by using a special light or laser to enhance the whitening process. Your teeth will then be monitored for 20 to 40 minutes while the gel works. After 20 to 40 minutes, the gel is removed, and your teeth are rinsed.
At-home Teeth Whitening
At-home teeth whitening treatments are affordable and available everywhere. This means most people can whiten at home.
At-home teeth whitening products use either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide to whiten teeth. Whitening gels and strips can be purchased from most drugstores. Custom-fitted whitening trays are only available from a dental office.
You should consult with your dentist before using an at-home whitening product. The dentist can help you choose the products that are best for you.
The whitening can last for up to two years, and even longer in some cases. Your teeth will darken over time, but you can always come in for another treatment to whiten them back up.The dentist and the team are happy to explain the dental treatments offered at the practice in detail. If you would like to learn more, we invite you to give Denist Atlanta GA a call at (404) 255-4575 and schedule a consultation.