Tooth whitening, also known as tooth bleaching, is the most sought-after cosmetic procedure done annually. Anyone who wishes to lighten the shade of their teeth can get teeth whitening treatment. Reasons for wanting teeth whitening are most likely related to staining due to food or drink consumption like coffee, wine, or tea.
Teeth whitening can be done at home or in the clinic. To yield the best results, visit Dr. Emily Zaramella, DDS and get treated by our professional hygienist or dental therapist.
Types of Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is primarily done through the use of hydrogen peroxide. The time taken to see a visible difference and the treatment's strength depends on the concentration of hydrogen peroxide, which typically ranges between 10% and 22%.
There are several types of teeth whitening treatments in the market. As mentioned previously, you can either get treated at a clinic or opt for in-home treatment. During an in-clinic bleaching session, you will come across two types of techniques. Both require hydrogen peroxide. However, one procedure involves using laser light, and the other does not. Typically faster and more visible results are achieved when using the bleaching agent along with the light.
The options for in-home bleaching are vast, but the bleaching agent used in them is low in concentration, and there are risks involved. Firstly, we have the most popular in-home treatment, which involves using strips. These can be applied once or twice a day, depending on your teeth's sensitivity.
Secondly, we have tray-based teeth bleaching. With this method, a mouthguard-like device is filled with a gel-like solution containing the bleaching agent. These can be bought at a store or even be prescribed by our dentist.
Maintaining the Teeth Post-procedure
To ensure your treatment results last, we recommend following our dentist's guidelines word-for-word. Our dentists will advise against consuming anything that can stain your teeth, especially drinks like coffee, wine, tea, and smoking.
Besides avoiding consumption of certain foods, hygiene habits can also influence how long the treatment will last before you need another one, so you will be advised to regularly brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste and floss twice a day.
What Makes You a Candidate?
Anyone who wishes to get whitening done is an eligible candidate for the procedure. Most commonly, patients who want to receive whitening treatment are those who have had their teeth stained due to diet and lifestyle habits.
If you wish to get a whitening treatment done, know that certain stains respond better to specific bleaching methods, and some stains cannot be treated via whitening treatment. Teeth that are stained yellow respond best to the procedure while those brown-grey see inconsistent results.
It is essential to keep in mind that patients with oral diseases and sensitive teeth should not receive teeth whitening treatment as the procedure further increases the sensitivity. Moreover, the treatment is not carried out in patients with dental implants, crowns, or bonding. These do not respond to whitening treatments.
Besides teeth whitening, there are several other options available in the market. We will gladly guide you through all the available techniques. Call us at 737-273-3303 or visit Dr. Emily Zaramella, DDS for more details.