Are you considering Teeth Whitening to help reinvigorate a smile tainted by discoloration? Professional, in-office teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure in the world today. Unlike home-use systems that incorporate low-dose bleaching agents, in-office whitening takes place under carefully monitored conditions which allow for the safe, controlled, pain-free use of a relatively high concentration of bleaching gel – yielding results that are visible immediately.
Preparing your teeth
Before beginning your in-office treatment, we make sure we clean your teeth and gums. This process ensures food particles, bacteria, and tartar do not interfere with the power of the bleaching agent. Then, we can place a protective barrier over your gums to prevent any transfer of whitening gel, as the bleaching solution can irritate soft tissue.
Are you a candidate?
This procedure is not suitable for those with the following conditions
Tooth and gum hypersensitivity. To avoid a hypersensitive reaction, your dentist is likely to recommend take-home bleaching trays with a low concentration of carbamide peroxide – which is not as potent as hydrogen peroxide.
Deep and intractable staining. Some stains are resistant to high-concentration in-office bleaches. In such cases, dentists may recommend a supervised regimen of intensive take-home bleaching or alternatives to peroxide bleaching such as bonding, crowns or veneers.
Teeth that have become transparent with age. This is particularly true of the front teeth, which are thin to begin with.