New Teeth Whitening Practices and the Most Common Procedures for Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening (also known as tooth whitening, or dental bleaching) has become the most common procedure people undergo within the realm of cosmetic dentistry.† As a person ages, the mineral structure of their teeth changes, and the enamel becomes more porous.† Stains can appear on teeth over the years from food, tobacco and medicine.† Tooth whitening is a procedure performed to restore the natural color of our teeth and remove these stains - leaving a bright and healthy-looking smile.
Tooth whitening is now very common, and it is possible to bleach oneís own teeth at home, although this is generally not as effective as an in-office procedure.† Various in-home options are available, including bleaching pens, bleaching strips, bleaching gels and whitening toothpastes.† The first home bleaching kits involved the use of a thin guard tray to apply gel to the teeth, and recently bleaching strips have simplified this process somewhat.† Bleaching strips can be applied directly to the teeth for a more comfortable bleaching process.† In both cases, the active agent is usually hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide.
Studies have shown that neither of these agents trumps the other in terms of efficiency, but they do need to be used in different concentrations.† Some basic toothpastes clean teeth with bicarbonate of soda, but this is less effective and is not considered to be bleaching.† Before performing any at-home whitening one should consult oneís dentist, as with the incorrect product chemical burns are a real possibility.
Your dentistís office or a professional cosmetic dentistry is where the quickest and most impressive results will be gained from a teeth whitening program.† The use of a higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide is common with in-office treatment.† There is a trained professional ensuring the strength of the bleaching agent is well controlled.† In-office procedures commonly use a light-cured protective layer that is painted onto the gums which protect the gums from chemical burns.† Using higher concentrations of bleaching agent in the home can pose the risk of burning the gums as this protective layer is not used.
Recent advances in in-office teeth whitening procedures have come in the form of light-accelerated bleaching (also known as laser bleaching, or power bleaching).† Essentially the process is the same; hydrogen peroxide is used as an oxidizing agent to penetrate the porosities in tooth enamel.† However, light is used to concentrate the bleaching power of the bleaching agent by exciting the peroxide molecules.† This concentrating light is typically an LED, halogen or plasma light, and studies have shown that halogen lights within the blue light spectrum have been found to afford the best results in exciting the bleaching agent molecules.
The main benefit of power bleaching is the speed at which teeth can be whitened.† Whereas an at-home whitening procedure can take weeks or months for teeth to improve in color, a single treatment in the dental office with laser bleaching typically takes between 6-15 minutes under the light.† Treatment times can be as little as 30 minutes, and most people will only one or two visits to get the perfect smile they want.
In summary, there are many ways to whiten oneís teeth, and these range from simple toothpastes to fast, efficient dental procedures.† A professional in-office treatment is clearly the best option for a quick, professional tooth whitening service that ensures a brilliant, natural smile in as short a time as possible.
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