What Do Dentists Use To Whiten Teeth?
Professional teeth whitening delivers optimum results in a relatively short period of time. Performed under the supervision of a dentist, this method of whitening has gained popularity among those who are either dissatisfied with over-the-counter (OTC) products or do not want all the turmoil and turmoil of a professional home kit.
In-office teeth whitening is not a complicated procedure, but it requires skill to avoid injury to the gingival (gum) area. In addition, expensive equipment may be needed to prepare for and complete the operation. All told, the procedure can take 60 to 90 minutes to complete.
There are several regular measures for whitening in-office. Upon beginning, the dentist must record the current hue of your teeth. The teeth would then be coated with pumice, a grainy paste used to remove any plaque from the surface. Your mouth will be insulated with gauze to keep your teeth dry. Retractors may be used to keep the ears, lips, and tongue away from the whitening solution.
First, a filter would be put along the gumline to further shield it from exposure to the solution. Next, the teeth would only be coated with a whitening solution on the front surface. Usually, the solution contains either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide as a bleaching agent. Many of the whitening products need a curing light or laser to activate the peroxide. Once applied, the solution would be left on the teeth for 30 to 60 minutes, or re-applied occasionally, depending on the brand. Once the optimum shade has been reached (or the maximum time has passed), the teeth will be rinsed. Fluoride may be used to help ease any sensitivity of the tooth, which is a common side effect.
Additional visits would be planned until the optimal shade has been achieved. Following completion, you would be advised to avoid high-pigment foods or drinks for at least 24 hours. These include coffee, tea, tomato sauce, tomato juice, yellow mustard, beets, black grapes, chocolate and red wine. Smoking or tobacco of any kind would also be avoided.
What Do Bleaching Products Contain?
The active ingredient in dental whiteners available from dentists or drugstores is peroxide (hydrogen or carbamide). Hydrogen peroxide is the real bleaching agent, while carbamide peroxide dissolves into hydrogen peroxide.
The bleaching products you can get from a dentist are much stronger than those you buy over-the-counter. Whiteners used by dentists may have as much as 35 to 45 percent peroxide, while store-bought whitening kits, such as whitening strips or trays, usually have only 7 percent peroxide. Other ingredients in both dentists and OTC whiteners include glycerin, glucose, sodium hydroxide, and flavorings.
Many dentists may also use a laser that is recorded to intensify or activate the whitening process. During the whitening process, a protective shield is used to hold your lips, gums, and tongue protected from the whitening gel so that it stays in place on your teeth. With optimal results, the dentist should usually give you teeth-molded whitening trays so that you can track your teeth at home with whitening solutions.
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