Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure dentists conduct to make your teeth appear whiter. Teeth whitening methods include sanding down the teeth, ultra-violet (UV) therapy, and bleaching. You can also whiten your teeth using store-bought teeth whitening products like bleaching gels and strips, but the results might be underwhelming.
The dentist usually applies a high-concentration bleaching gel on the surface of your discolored tooth. The bleaching gel usually contains hydrogen peroxide (10 to 40%). The more severe the stinging, the higher the concentration. The dentist then uses a special light or laser to activate the bleaching agent and whiten your teeth. You might need several sessions to completely whiten your teeth.
With tray-based whitening, the dentist fills a mouth guard-like tray with high-concentration bleaching gel. You’ll then have to wear this tray for 3 to 4 hours daily for about two weeks. It’s okay to wear them for an hour daily, but expect slower results. Patients can stop wearing the trays once the teeth achieve the right shade of white.
Whitening rinses are rinses like regular mouthwash that help remove plaque and prevent periodontal disease. However, these rinses also contain hydrogen and other peroxides that whiten teeth. All you have to do is swish around this rinse for about a minute daily until your teeth get your desired shade. This is the least effective teeth-whitening method.
Naman Zia Ebrahimi offers both in-office and take-home teeth whitening solutions for your stained or discolored teeth. Our team of highly qualified dentists will first examine your teeth to determine the extent of the discoloration. They’ll then recommend the best solution for your specific case.
In-office treatment works best, delivering whiter teeth and longer-lasting results. We may either use laser whitening or whitening trays, depending on how discolored your teeth are.
Take-home solutions are ideal for minor staining and discoloration. We offer top-grade teeth whitening gels and strips to whiten your teeth in the shortest time possible.
No, teeth whitening is a painless procedure that only takes a couple of hours at most. You won’t experience any pain during and after the procedure, eliminating the need for painkillers. Plus, if you’re scared of the dentist’s office, you can always ask your dentist to recommend take-home solutions for whitening your teeth.
Teeth whitening isn’t permanent and only lasts a couple of months. However, the results can last for several months to a few years with proper oral hygiene and maintenance, such as regular brushing and avoiding stain-causing foods and beverages.