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What You Need To Know About Whitening Your Teeth

What You Need To Know About Whitening Your Teeth

Posted May 13, 2015.

Are you considering whitening your teeth? Here is a list of the several options available and other facts about teeth whitening procedures you should know about.

Types of Whitening

  • In-Office Whitening: This remedy is done by your dentist and is the most effective. The whitening lasts longer, the agent is more potent, and your dentist can lighten your teeth 3-8 shades. A peroxide bleach and special light/laser are used in this procedure.
  • Whitening Gels: This at-home remedy applies a peroxide gel to the teeth using a brush or a mouth guard.
  • Whitening Strips: These are clear, thin, peroxide-coated strips applied to the teeth.
  • Whitening Toothpaste: This method doesn’t use peroxide, but rather abrasives and chemicals that fight surface stains.

Facts about Whitening

  • There is no evidence that whitening harms tooth enamel or dental restorations.
  • At-home treatments usually take an hour or two a day for several weeks while in-office bleaching takes one appointment.
  • Only yellow teeth can whiten effectively. Brown or gray teeth may not whiten well or at all.
  • Whitening (especially the at-home remedies) can irritate the gums or cause tooth sensitivity.
  • Whitening doesn’t lighten dental restorations like fillings.
  • Whitening isn’t permanent and needs to be touched up occasionally.
  • Your teeth will still stain after whitening procedures, especially with the consumption of red wine, coffee, and tea.



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