Teeth whitening is one of the most prominent cosmetic dental procedures. It is carried out using a highly potent teeth whitening gel containing hydrogen peroxide - a bleaching agent present in almost all whitening gels. The gel releases oxygen molecules when activated, which enter the porous structure of the enamel and bleach the coloring particles. There are various types of teeth whitening which you can choose from according to the severity of staining and your preference.
Conventional teeth whitening
Conventional whitening is the simplest and most commonly preferred type of teeth whitening. It is performed in a dental practice under the guidance of the dentist, making it highly effective and precise. The dentist will check for restorations, clean the teeth, and determine your candidacy for teeth whitening. The gel will be put on the teeth and spread consistently, after which it will be allowed to stay on the surface for a few minutes. After the gel has bleached the teeth, it will be rinsed off using water. The procedure may be repeated again if required.
Take-home whitening trays
Teeth whitening need not necessarily be performed at a dental practice. Patients who would like to have their teeth whitened in the comfort of their homes can do so using take-home whitening kits. The dentist will take precise digital scans of the mouth and use them to fabricate custom whitening trays from dental-grade plastic. You can take them home along with a whitening gel and use them at your convenience. The gel has to be squeezed into the trays and placed on the teeth. They can be taken off after a few minutes, and the teeth can be rinsed with water.
Laser teeth whitening
Laser whitening is a very popular teeth whitening procedure and is known to be one of the quickest and most effective ones. It is carried out using a photosensitive gel that can be activated using the light of the perfect intensity. Once activated, the gel produces foam and accelerates the procedure. The results rendered from laser teeth whitening are more effective, long-lasting, and consistent. Since the process can be completed in under an hour, it is highly preferred by individuals running on tight schedules.
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