Teeth whitening is a purely cosmetic dental procedure. As the name suggests, it is the process of removing the stains from the teeth surfaces to make them look whiter, giving you a more confident and pleasing smile. It is a non-invasive procedure as the structure or contour of the teeth will not be altered due to it. Teeth whitening is quite affordable, making it one of the most sought-after dental procedures to improve the appearance of the teeth.
What are the types of teeth whitening?
Thanks to the advancements in dental technology, different types of teeth whitening have been introduced in recent years. Based on the procedure involved, teeth whitening can be distinguished as follows:
Conventional teeth whitening: Traditional whitening is one of the most commonly preferred procedures and quite a simple one as well. A well-trained dentist performs it in a dental practice. The dentist will visually examine your teeth and determine the severity of staining. Based on the observations and a few other factors, such as the presence of cavities, cracks, chipping, oral restorations, gum diseases, etc., your candidacy for teeth whitening will be determined. A whitening gel rich in Hydrogen Peroxide is applied on the teeth, spread evenly, and allowed to stay on the teeth for a few minutes. The gel liberates oxygen molecules, which bleach the staining particles by penetrating the porous structure of the teeth. The gel will be rinsed off, and the procedure may be repeated multiple times, depending on the extent of discoloration.
Take-home whitening kits: You may have come across ‘whiten-at-home’ kits in the market. The drawback of using them is the adverse effect they can have on the soft tissues of the mouth. Hence, we provide customized teeth whitening trays and a highly-effective whitening gel, which you can use at home. The procedure is quite simple. Clean your teeth thoroughly, squeeze a small amount of whitening gel into the trays, and place them on your teeth. After allowing them to stay for a few minutes, you can take the trays off and rinse. Depending on the level of whitening you prefer, you can repeat the procedure multiple times.
Laser teeth whitening: Laser has been used in dentistry for several purposes, among which teeth whitening is quite prominent. We use a photosensitive whitening gel for this purpose, which will be activated using a high-intensity laser. This helps to speed up the procedure and also provides excellent and long-lasting results. Laser teeth whitening can be completed in a very short time span, which is why it is highly preferred by individuals who run on tight schedules.
Please schedule an appointment online or call us at (503) 581-2446 to consult with our dentist, Dr. Giruc, and we will be happy to assist you further.