Teeth whitening is the process of removing the stains from the teeth using a bleaching agent. Teeth whitening can be done professionally at the dentist’s office or at home with an over-the-counter kit. Both methods use bleaching agents to remove stains and make teeth brighter.
How is in-office teeth whitening done?
Teeth whitening is done either in-office or at home. When your dentist performs the procedure in-office, they will place a protective gel or shield on your gums and soft tissues surrounding the teeth. Next, they will apply a whitening solution to your teeth. The gel generally stays on your teeth for 30 minutes to one hour. The in-office procedure is usually quicker and more effective, and your dentist can also monitor how your gums and soft tissues react to the whitening.
Is teeth whitening safe?
Teeth whitening is considered safe, especially when carried out under the supervision of a dentist. Over-the-counter products can also whiten your teeth, but it’s important to know that these products can’t offer the same results.
Teeth whitening can irritate your soft tissues and cause temporary sensitivity. This sensitivity is typically mild and should go away within a few days. If it doesn’t go away or you experience severe sensitivity, it’s important to stop whitening your teeth and contact your dentist.
Benefits of teeth whitening
Teeth whitening offers a number of benefits, including:
- Improved self-esteem and confidence
- Improved smile and appearance
- Removal of stains, including from cigarettes and coffee
- Reduction in signs of aging through the removal of surface stains
- Removal of bacteria and tartar debris from the teeth
Teeth whitening FAQs
1. How long do teeth whitening effects last?
It depends on your oral hygiene habits, but most people can expect their results to last up to three years.
2. Does teeth whitening damage your teeth?
No, it doesn’t. The process is completely safe, and your teeth will not be damaged by teeth whitening.
3. Will teeth whitening affect my dental restorations, such as veneers, crowns, and fillings?
No, it won’t affect them, but the results may not be as dramatic.
4. Is teeth whitening right for me?
Teeth whitening is a good option for patients whose teeth are discolored due to age, genetics, or environmental factors and for patients whose teeth have yellowed over time.
To find out more about the dental services offered at Grace Dental, call (405) 840-3424 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 5619 N Pennsylvania Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73112.