In-office whitening is much safer, faster, and more effective than over-the-counter treatments. The surface treatments picked up in drugstores and the like are not very potent. The surface treatments tend to only be effective on light superficial stain. But in-office treatments can successfully lighten teeth at a deeper level. How so?
A high concentration of hydrogen peroxide is found in the gel used in professional whitening procedures. This gel penetrates deep into tooth layers to lift stain that has resulted from aging of the teeth, tobacco use, or exposure to foods which quickly stain teeth. The breakdown of the hydrogen peroxide into oxygen may be facilitated with the application of a specialized light.
What Is the Procedure Like?
The first step typically involves having a professional dental cleaning and exam to make sure your teeth are in a healthy condition to benefit the most from whitening. You may be given eyewear to protect your eyes from the intense whitening light. In-office whitening sessions usually last around an hour, and are performed by an experienced dental professional. You may receive a fluoride application afterwards to protect your teeth from sensitivity.
Following your whitening procedure, your provider will give you instructions for maintaining your new white smile for as long as possible. Whitening needs and results vary from patient to patient, but trying an in-office procedure is the safest route.
The goal of your dental health care providers is to help you meet your dental health goals. If you see whiter teeth in your future, then your dental team is eager to see you make that dream a reality! Ask your dentist about the whitening options available to you.
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