Teeth stains are inevitable due to our consumption of a variety of foods and drinks (soda, spicy food, coffee, etc.). However, advanced teeth whitening technology has enabled dentists to whiten teeth without adversely affecting the tooth structure.
Almost all whitening methods are similar in concept, but some are much more effective because of the way the whitening material is delivered to the teeth. Another contributing factor is the concentration of the material, which is why less potent over-the-counter whitening systems usually don’t give patients the results they are hoping for.
The two main methods of professional whitening are tray whitening and in-office whitening. In tray whitening, an impression is taken and a custom tray is made for the patient. Then, a supply of whitening gel is given to the patient and he/she wears the tray for a few hours each day (techniques differ) for a period of time until an acceptable result is achieved. Sensitivity of the teeth is a normal side-effect of this whitening method and is almost always transitional. Because of the custom fit of these professionally made trays, the whitening gel used in this method is a much higher concentration than with the ready trays and strips. Therefore the whitening results are more dramatic and take less time. However, now there are over the counter whitening products available that are sold only by dentists. These products combine the best of both worlds : they are inexpensive, convenient, and have higher concentration whitening gels in them as compared to the products sold at drugstores.
Your dentist can give you more detailed information and help you decide which method is more suitable for you and your teeth.
If you have any questions about teeth whitening and cosmetic dentistry give us a call today!
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