Our teeth can discolor throughout the years as our enamel wears down. The wearing down of enamel allows dentin, a yellow color substance that makes the core of our teeth, show through. This is what gives our teeth a yellowish tint. Teeth whitening helps restore teeth to a shiny, white color.
Teeth whitening methods
There are two popular teeth whitening options available at our office.
1. In-office professional teeth whitening
2. Take-home whitening kits.
In-office professional teeth whitening produces a significant color change in your teeth in a short amount of time. The first step is to retract the cheeks and isolate the teeth to protect the gums. The cheek retraction gently pulls the cheeks and lips out of the way so that they do not interfere with the whitening process. The teeth isolation seals around each individual tooth which prevents the whitener from coming into contact with the gums. The second step is to apply the high-concentration peroxide gel on the teeth. This process is usually accomplished within an hour.
Take-home whitening kits penetrate your teeth to break down the discolored molecules deep down in your teeh, removing stains and whitening your smile. Although these kits can be used by themselves without the professional in-office teeth whitening, patients have reported that using these kits after the in-office teeth whitening has been effective in maintaining a whiter smile. The whitening kit is a tray that conforms and adapts to any patients' smile. This provides a comfortable custom-like fit. They have been known to help reduce sensitivity, cavities, and strenghten enamel. The trays should be worn for 15 - 20 minutes.
It is best to consult your dentist to understand which whitening option is best for you.