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The Professional Bleaching Method For Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening has increased in popularity over the last few years and there are many products on the market that promise a whiter and brighter smile. The quality and effectiveness of these products will vary and some can be pretty pricey, so it's wise to have a chat with your dentist before using any whitening products on your teeth. Most dentists offer teeth whitening and can assess the health of your teeth before advising whether teeth whitening is appropriate for you. The professional bleaching method of teeth whitening is commonly offered by dental practices and is considered not to be damaging to your enamel. This method of teeth whitening can lighten even severely stained teeth by several shades.

Professional Bleaching Explained

The professional bleaching method for teeth whitening can be carried out at home with a kit provided by your dentist or you can visit your dentist surgery for whitening appointments regularly for a few weeks. Regardless of the option you select, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth to have a mouth tray custom-made for you.

The bleaching product is placed in the mouth tray and the tray fits over your teeth. Your dentist will instruct you on how long you need to keep the tray in place during each treatment. This method of teeth whitening uses either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide to remove stains and lighten your enamel. You shouldn't experience any pain during your treatments, but some people do report mild gum irritation.

After your course of treatment is complete, your dentist will provide you with guidance on how to keep your teeth looking white for as long as possible. If you follow these guidelines your results can last for a few years. When you feel like your teeth are looking stained again, you can undergo another course of professional bleaching.

Limitations Of Teeth Whitening

Regardless of the method of teeth whitening that you choose, there are limitations and teeth whitening isn't suitable for all. Teeth whitening products will not deliver satisfactory results on crowns, veneers or dentures. If you have tooth enamel erosion, teeth whitening products can cause further erosion and should only be used on healthy enamel to prevent damage. Those with gum disease are typically not recommended to undergo teeth whitening due to the fragility of their already damaged gum tissue. Consulting with your dentist before opting for any type of teeth whitening will ensure you're not risking your oral health to get a whiter smile.

For more information on teeth whitening, contact a professional near you.