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How Professional Teeth Whitening Works

Professional Teeth WhiteningHow Does Professional Teeth Whitening Work?

Aging, some types of foods and beverages and smoking. All of these can stain your teeth and rob these of their luster.

If you want to whiten your teeth and regain your confident smile, one option that you can consider is professional teeth whitening.

What’s the difference?

Professional teeth whitening (also known as in-office whitening, power bleaching, power whitening, chairside whitening and professional whitening) entails the use of bleaching agents in a safe and controlled manner which leads to fast and visible results.

Professional whitening offers a few advantages over over-the-counter remedies. For one, the results are faster. And because the treatment is administered by professionals, you are assured of your safety and comfort. In fact, gum and tooth sensitivity problems which were once associated with the treatment have been virtually eliminated through the use of thicker peroxide gels and desensitizers.

Are you a good candidate for the treatment?

Professional whitening is not for everyone. This treatment is ideal for cases of discoloration due to aging, consumption of foods and beverages, and smoking.

If the cause of your tooth discoloration can be attributed to overexposure to fluoride, trauma, antibiotics, and inorganic causes, professional whitening is not for you.

The treatment is also not recommended for patients with sensitive teeth and gums and those who have teeth which have become transparent due to aging.

How does it work?

Before beginning the treatment, Dr. Mark Costes and Dr. Sean Reed of Horizon Dental will need to prepare your teeth. Your teeth will need to be cleaned to remove the buildup of plaque and other debris. Afterwards, our dentists will carefully examine your teeth and look for dental problems which may lead to irritation while your teeth are being bleached. In some cases, pictures of your teeth may be taken and the color of these may be measured against a shade guide.

The actual treatment is pretty straightforward and should not involve any pain or discomfort.

The treatment begins with the insertion of a cheek retractor into your mouth. This device exposes the teeth that are visible when you smile.

After that, the dentist will put either a hardening resin or liquid rubber dam onto the gums to avoid irritating these. Afterwards, the bleaching gel will be applied onto the teeth. This can take anywhere between 15 and 30 minutes.

Depending on the specific teeth whitening treatment you have chosen, intense light may be focused on the teeth to either activate or enhance the bleaching action.

All throughout the application process, the dentist will check the teeth and add more bleaching agent when needed.

The Final Step 

Once the final layer of gel has been applied, the cheek retractors are removed and you will be asked to rinse your mouth. Then, the color of teeth will checked against the initial measurement taken by the dentist. In some patients, their teeth can whiten by as much as two to eight shades brighter.

Do take note that immediately after the treatment, the color of the teeth may be whiter than the actual new color. The true color of your teeth will appear a few days after the treatment.

If you haven’t achieved your desired tooth color, you may be asked to come back to the dental office for a follow up treatment or you may have to supplement the in-office procedure with an at-home treatment.

If you are interested in achieving a whiter smile, contact your local Prescott Valley dentist at Horizon Dental Group.


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