whitening options
That’s right! Tooth whitening has become a very popular request. Whitening is safe, effective, and easy to do. Which form of whitening is best for you?

Toothpastes are the first option. Whitening toothpastes contain agents that work by physical or chemical action to help remove surface stains only. Whitening toothpastes can be purchased over-the-counter and several have received the ADA Seal of Acceptance, ADA-Accepted whitening toothpastes contain polishing or chemical agents that help remove surface stains through gentle polishing or some other non bleaching action. Some toothpastes contain other agents such as enzymes that help dissolve surface stains. Unlike tooth-whitening bleaches, whitening toothpastes do not remove stains that occur below the surface of the teeth. For that reason the whitening that results from toothpastes is less than that from tooth bleaches.

Over the counter home use whitening, can be purchased at the store and contain carbamide peroxide. This is the most commonly used active ingredient in home use tooth bleaching products. These products come in several forms such as strips and gel that is used with bleaching trays. It is worn for short periods of time during the day or at night.

In office whitening is done in the dental office. There are many professionally applied tooth whitening bleach products available to dentists. These products contain hydrogen peroxide in concentrations ranging from 15 percent to 35 percent. Which are much more concentrated than the take-home bleach products. They are sometimes used with a light or laser, which reportedly accelerates the whitening process. While home-use products are intended for use over a two-to-four week period. The in office procedure is usually completed in about one hour. To help protect the mouth, the patient’s gum tissues are isolated. As with all other forms of whitening the most common side effect is sensitivity.

Tooth sensitivity often occurs during the early stages of whitening treatment . For a few days following treatment your teeth may be sensitive to temperature extremes or the gums may experience mild irritation.

Discuss whitening with your dental professional If you are interested in whitening. Some individuals with certain dental conditions may not be good candidates. A thorough oral exam by your dentist will determine if whitening is an option for you!

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