Teeth whitening is a simple yet highly effective cosmetic dental procedure that involves getting rid of the stains on the teeth surfaces. We carry out this using a hydrogen peroxide whitening gel, which readily releases oxygen molecules and bleaches the discolored enamel. The procedure can be carried out either at a dental practice or at your home using customized whitening kits that we provide.
Common causes of teeth staining
- Consuming a lot of colored foods, aerated drinks, wine, and other beverages
- Improper oral hygiene
- Chewing tobacco and smoking cigarettes
- Excessive consumption of alcohol
- Teeth wear which exposes the underlying dentin
Popular teeth whitening techniques
Conventional in-office whitening: Performing teeth whitening at a dental practice using a regular hydrogen peroxide whitening gel is the simplest and most preferred whitening treatment by many patients. It hardly takes a couple of hours and can be used to get rid of regular teeth staining. The dentist thoroughly examines the teeth and determines your candidacy for whitening. Next, the teeth will be cleaned, and the whitening gel will be applied to them. After uniformly coating the teeth with the gel, it is allowed to stay on the surface for a few minutes. The gel will be rinsed off to expose whiter teeth. If the staining is severe, we may have to carry out the whitening multiple times to achieve the desired level of whitening.
Take-home whitening trays: When you visit the dentist, a precise digital impression of the teeth will be taken to fabricate plastic trays. These trays can be used along with a whitening gel at home to whiten the teeth whenever you please. The trays allow you to have a more profound whitening level as they keep the saliva from diluting the gel and keep the gel in constant contact with the teeth.
Laser teeth whitening:A laser of the right intensity can be used to activate the whitening gel, which helps to speed up the process and makes the whitening procedure more effective. The gel liberates oxygen molecules when activated, which penetrate the enamel and bleach the staining particles. Since the process is impressively quick, it is preferred by individuals who have a busy schedule or need to get their teeth whitened for an upcoming occasion.
Please schedule an appointment online or call us to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Corbo, and we will be happy to assist you further.