Taking care of your teeth is essential for proper oral hygiene and teeth whitening is a big part of it. Essentially, it is a very effective way to lighten the natural color that your teeth have. The process does not remove any part of the tooth’s surface.
You might be wondering: what’s the point? Whitening your teeth looks like a purely aesthetical treatment that is just going to improve your appearance. The truth is, a lot of people do it for aesthetic reasons, but there are also health issues involved with it.
By whitening your teeth, you are going to be clearing up tartar from the surface of your teeth as well as some food residues that might be present. These residues would start rotting on the surface of your teeth which would then damage them.
The most common method of teeth whitening is professional bleaching. The dental team will place a rubber gel on your gums to protect them from the treatment and will then apply a whitening product on your teeth using a special tray to fit into your mouth properly. The active ingredient in the whitening product will then be broken down,, getting oxygen into your teeth and whitening their color.
Usually, the totally of a teeth whitening treatment is going to take about three to four weeks to complete. You will require two to three visits to the dentist before you can starting continuing the treatment at home yourself by applying the whitening product for about one hour.
There are, however, new products being launched into the market that can be applied for up to eight hours at a time, which means that you can get the treatment finished in about one week after you start taking care of it at home (after the dentist makes your mouth guard and applies you the product first).
If you have any questions about your current dental needs or would like to to schedule a teeth whitening consultation, please contact us today!