There are many commercial options available in the market today for teeth whitening. Strips and trays to specialized toothpastes, gums and mouthwashes, many companies have tried to grab a piece of the whitening craze. However, the most effective treatment is still office whitening by your dentist.
The effectiveness of tooth whitening by a dentist it is in the tools they use. The first is the hydrogen peroxide gel industrial strength (15 to 35 percent). The dentist will also use a shield to protect the gums from harmful effects of the same gel. The last important tool teeth whitening is laser light, which helps to increase the bleaching effect of the peroxide gel.
The teeth whitening process begins with protective gel or mouth parts. These are carefully placed on any area of the gums that may be exposed to the high concentration of hydrogen peroxide. The dentist may also use special clamps to keep the mouth open better access to their teeth and gums. Once gums have been protected, the dentist will apply the gel completely hydrogen peroxide through the surface of the teeth. The gel is allowed to sit on your teeth for a prescribed amount of time (depending on how the teeth are stained), usually under a special light that helps increase the ability of bleaching gel. After the gel has had time to sit down, the dentist then rinse the patient’s mouth until you have removed all the gel. The process can be repeated several times, depending on how severe and deep the stains.
Because the dentist whitening protects gums, it can be much safer than any of the commercial products in the market. However, due to the high percentage of hydrogen peroxide in the solution gel, deciduous tooth sensitivity may be a common side effect of whitening office visits.
Certain types of crowns or fillings that becomes more noticeable after tooth whitening. This is especially true of crowns or fillings that were installed before the end of the nineties. This is because the fillings available at that time were not as white as the teeth can now become after a typical bleaching session. However, these crowns and filling may be replaced by whiter most new implants if it bothers the color difference.