What is in-office teeth whitening?
So what is in-office whitening? You will not be put to sleep or receive anesthetic of any kind because it is not needed. Your dentist will put a protective gel or some kind of shield on your gums to protect the tissue, then he will cover your teeth with hydrogen peroxide gel. Some dentists use a light
to speed up the process or to heighten the effect, and some dentists don't. The gel is then washed off completely in 15 or 20 minutes and the process can be repeated several times. Before you know it, you have the most sparkly white teeth
You should talk to your dentist about replacing any fillings or crowns
that are visible when you smile because the bleach will not lighten them. They will stand out among your newly bleached teeth and they could look dirty. One of the only side effects to teeth whitening is sensitivity
. You will experience sensitivity with your teeth within 24 hours of having the procedure done, but generally goes away in a couple of days. If the problems with sensitivity continue for longer than 3 days, talk to your dentist about ways to ease the sensitivity for you.
So now you know how the in-office teeth whitening procedure is done. There is no pain, virtually no side effects, and nothing to lose. The procedure can range from very inexpensive to rather pricey, depending on your dentist. Whiter teeth can take years off your appearance and enhance your looks dramatically. This procedure is ideal for anyone who has been a smoker or coffee drinker and wants to erase the effects of these habits. The results will have your teeth up to ten shades whiter than they were when you woke up that morning.
The entire process takes about an hour in all. If the staining is particularly bad, your dentist may advise you to continue with at home treatments as well. Your dentist will not want you to continue the treatment any longer than he advises, because it could make the sensitivity permanent if you go too far with the bleaching.
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