Teeth Whitening Methods

In-Office Dental Bleaching Methods

In-office whitening treatments performed by your dentist commonly means choosing a laser treatment or making custom trays for at-home bleaching.

Lasers use light energy to accelerate the process of bleaching. The effects of bleaching can last for several months, but may vary depending on the lifestyle of the patient. The dentist polishes away superficial stains, applies a bleaching solution, and then uses a special lamp or laser to optimize results. You may also be sent home with a gel to use every day for up to several weeks.  You can expect your teeth to be up to eight shades lighter; they will be instantly brighter from six months to two years after light-accelerated bleaching.                      

 

Professional Trays, custom-made to conform to your teeth by your dentist, penetrate deeper to whiten the teeth and the results also last longer than those seen with over-the-counter whitening strips because the entire tooth is exposed to the whitening gel. Strips can whiten the surfaces of the teeth, but they don’t really get into every nook and cranny. Most strips only bleach the fronts of the teeth, but since teeth are translucent it’s important to address both the front and the back—which trays do. Expect your teeth to be lightened by 4-8 shades after a week or two using professional tray bleaching.  Results will last from six months to two years.    

For optimal results, look no further than your cosmetic dentist. Professional whitening treatments—including custom trays made by a dentist for at-home use—penetrate deeper to whiten the teeth and the results also last longer than those seen with drugstore-bought counterparts. Another reason professional treatments are superior to store-bought strips is because the entire tooth is exposed to the whitening gel.

Over-the-counter strips also play a role in keeping your smile bright. They can be used to touch up and prolong the effects of in-office whitening or at-home trays.”

 

Results: Immediate with in-office treatments; within a few weeks for at-home bleaching.

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