Professional teeth whitening sessions can get you the white set of teeth you have always wanted. It involves using products that contain whitening agents like hydrogen peroxide and hydrogen carbamide to oxidize stains and remove them. What is the difference between professional teeth whitening treatments and the countless products sold at drug stores, you ask?
Well, professional teeth whitening treatments get you the fastest results since they contain more concentrated bleaching agents. According to the American Academy for Cosmetic Dentistry, a single professional whitening session can improve the color of teeth by up to eight shades.
The primary goal of teeth whitening treatments is to improve the color of teeth. It works on most types of stains and discoloration like those caused by aging or the coloring agents in foods and beverages like beets and red wine. Professional whitening treatments are also an effective way to remove the yellow and brown stains caused by smoking tobacco products.
Improving the color of teeth is one of the most impactful ways to enhance a person’s smile, and it often gives them a confidence boost. Other important benefits of getting teeth professionally whitened include:
Professional whitening treatments are performed using more concentrated whitening products than those sold over the counter. These products are not sold directly to the general public since they should only be used while under the supervision of a dentist.
At-home whitening kits used by dentists are less concentrated than the products used in-office for professional treatments, but there are more concentrated than over-the-counter whitening products. Professional teeth whitening treatments get patients to their ideal shade of white in a shorter amount of time. Many patients are satisfied with the color of their teeth after their first treatment, while others might need additional sessions to reach their targeted color.
OTC whitening products often require users to wear the oral appliance being used to apply the product for hours at a time or, even worse, overnight. Professional teeth whitening sessions usually take anywhere between 60 to 90 minutes. That single session typically whitens teeth more than weeks of using most OTC products would.
Teeth whitening treatments are non-invasive, but they can lead to complications like damage to teeth structures if the patient has existing issues like tooth decay or gum disease. Dentists typically evaluate their patients before performing whitening treatments to detect such issues. Treatments can be administered as needed before processing with teeth whitening.
When a patient’s teeth and gums are healthy, teeth whitening treatments are unlikely to lead to any side effects besides increased teeth sensitivity for a few days. A customized mouthguard is provided to protect the patient’s gum tissues from the bleaching agent used for the treatment.
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