One of the most requested procedures asked of a dental office is tooth whitening. This is a procedure that will assist in removing stains and discoloration from teeth while lightening them.
Tooth whitening can only be completed once cavities are treated in order to prevent the whitening solution from reaching the inner tooth and causing sensitivity. Also keep in mind that tooth whitening is unable to lighten exposed tooth roots, and tooth replacements such as crowns and veneers.
Single Visit Whitening
One hour bleaching systems use a very bright light to activate higher bleaching concentrations to produce faster, more dramatic whitening results.
The technician will protect your mouth very carefully using cotton rolls, gauze and a liquid dam.
A special whitening lamp is used to activate the whitening gel for approximately 60 minutes.
The most common type of home teeth whitening involves placing a gel-like whitening solution, which usually contains hydrogen peroxide, in a tray that resembles a Nightguard or mouth guard. Over-the-counter mouthpieces are unlikely to fit correctly and can cause gum irritation if the whitening agent seeps out. The tray is then placed over the teeth for a certain period of time, anywhere from an hour or two to overnight.
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