Teeth Whitening Methods You Should Know

Tooth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures that can greatly improve the look of your teeth. Brightening your smile is now as easy as visiting your dentist for a whitening treatment. Tooth discolouration occurs from a thin coating (pellicle) that gradually forms on the enamel and picks up stains every day. Through tooth whitening, the stains and discolouration from your teeth are removed through various processes.

Professional teeth whitening procedures are far superior and effective than over the counter teeth whitening treatments that may take weeks and also cause irritation.

Most dentists offer tooth whitening and here are some effective methods used by them.

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“Zoom” Teeth Whitening: 

Zoom teeth whitening is a process widely used around the world in order to lighten the discolouration of enamel and dentin. It is considered one of the safest procedures available in dentistry. The in-office procedure uses the Zoom Advanced Power Chair-side lamp that accelerates the bleaching process activating 25 percent hydrogen peroxide gel. While the hydrogen peroxide breaks down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin bleaching the stained substances while leaving the tooth structure unchanged. The eyes, lips, and gums are completely covered and protected throughout the entire procedure. The method consists of three 15-minute sessions where a whitening gel is applied after each session as the old gel is removed from the teeth.

The results are instantaneous after the zoom whitening procedure. You can measure how much lighter the teeth have become taking the new tooth shade. However, after whitening, the teeth remain dehydrated as they lose their moisture. It takes several days for the teeth to regain its moisture. Since the whitening process eliminates stains to bring out the natural colour of the teeth, the results after the treatment will always look natural which will be unique for everyone.

Custom Whitening Trays:

This method is one of the simplest options to improve your smile alongside brushing and flossing. It is a bleaching procedure that, through the use of custom fitted whitening trays, puts the healthy look back into teeth without any generic cosmetic treatment expense. These trays are handcrafted by dental lab technicians that will fit the teeth with precision. They are filled with the bleaching solution and the patient is required to wear them for 1 to 8 hours once or twice a day for one to two weeks. A custom tray is more comfortable to wear than other mouthpieces or mouldable trays. It makes it easier to whiten both the upper and lower teeth and minimises gum sensitivity in addition to ensuring that your teeth are properly exposed to the whitening solution.

If you're not teeth whitening, you're yellowing.

If you’re not teeth whitening, you’re yellowing.

Hydrogen Peroxide Solutions:

Many professionally applied teeth bleaching products are used by dentists in office. The procedure features pH balanced hydrogen peroxide whitening gels (concentration of 15% to 25%) to maximise whitening efficacy and glycerin and water to minimise tooth dehydration. Commonly, prior to the application, gum tissues are protected either by isolation of rubber dam or application of gel for three 20-minute intervals.  Commonly, the gels are applied to the teeth for three 20-minute intervals. During each application, a blue lighting system is used to illuminate the teeth and it is shaped in such a way that reaches all aesthetic zone teeth at once. Preceding the application, gum tissues are protected either by isolation of rubber dam or application of gel for three 20-minute intervals. While home-use products are intended for use over a two to four week period, the in-office procedure is usually completed within an hour.

Opalescence Go whitening:

Opalescence Go is a professional teeth whitener that offers safe and effective results. It is a perfect option for patients who look for a convenient whitening method. Opalescence gels contain an active whitening ingredient that penetrates your enamel to get to discoloured molecules. Oxygen molecules from the whitening agents react with the discoloured molecules in the teeth and spreads, whitening the entire tooth. It is the professional alternative to less effective over-the-counter products leaving you with a brighter, whiter smile.