If you are looking to brighten your smile through teeth whitening, then you have a couple of great options available. The first is having your teeth whitening done at the dentist’s office and the second is to do it in-home. Prior to having a teeth whitening in our office, we may conduct an oral cancer screening. Teeth whitening is one of the most popular components of cosmetic dentistry.
Regardless of which route you take, the whitening peroxide will be the key ingredient used to make the whitening possible. With that, the amount of peroxide will also range between 3% and 43% depending on which option you choose.
When you make a whitening appointment with our team at Crown Hill Smiles, we will explain the entire bleaching and whitening process. We will also explain how much of the whitening peroxide will be needed based on the current condition of your teeth.
Teeth Whitening Performed In The Dental Office
When you decide to have teeth whitening performed in our dental office, you have a higher chance of achieving greater whitening results. This higher rate of success is due to the bleaching chemical having a higher amount of peroxide as opposed to in-home whitenings.
In order to obtain results that are brighter in nature, you may need several whitening appointments to achieve the desired results. In order to prevent the need to make several visits, the dentist may decide to combine them into a single two hour whitening session.
Teeth Whitening Performed At Home
You have many whitening options that you can take advantage of at home. The most popular include whitening gels, strips, and whitening toothpaste. With whitening gels and strips, you apply them to your teeth with an applicator or the whitening strip itself. They are usually applied at least once a day for a minimum of 10 days and can last for at least six months.
With whitening toothpaste, they are on the milder side of abrasiveness and can easily remove teeth stains. However, whitening toothpaste also contains certain chemicals that assist the whitening process and remove stains without even needing bleach. While a whitening toothpaste will contain peroxide, it does not remain on the tooth to do any real whitening. You may only achieve one shade brighter.
Maintaining Your Teeth’s Whiteness
No matter how you go about getting your teeth whitened, whether it is at home or at the dentist, you need to continue brushing and flossing three times a day. You should also stay away from liquids and foods that are acidic in nature.
Consult With Our Dentist
Whitening teeth with either a bleaching agent or peroxide whitener could cause a sensitivity to develop in your teeth. Not only that, but you may also feel uneasy if you are already experiencing tooth sensitivity.
You should also be aware that if you use a whitening kit at home the wrong way, you may experience a burn or even gums that have become bleached accidentally. If you are at the point of deciding where to have your teeth whitening performed, then get in touch with Crown Hill Smiles today by calling (206) 204-9623 for an initial appointment.