Teeth whitening, also known as teeth bleaching, constitutes a cosmetic dentistry service used to increase the aesthetic appeal of a patient’s bright and radiant smile. There are different types of teeth whitening approved by the American Dental Association (ADA).
Depending on the patient, some dentists will recommend at-home versions of teeth whitening, such as whitening toothpastes, whitening mouth rinse, and teeth whitening strips that contain hydrogen peroxide. Such at-home teeth whitening solutions help patients remove the surface stains on the enamel of teeth.
For stronger teeth whitening solutions, dentists may offer patients professional teeth whitening remedies to complete at home. Often times these professional dental solutions offer a slightly deeper removal of teeth staining. Dentist-provided teeth whitening solutions may bleach teeth past the natural hues of the original tooth for a brighter smile.
Professional, in-office teeth whitening removes stains deep within the enamel and brightens the teeth. The whitening session may last anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours, depending on the type of whitening method and the patient’s desired results. During the appointment, a whitening gel is applied, and a light source, like an LED light, helps to activate the teeth bleaching gel. Patients will notice a brighter smile even after the first treatment.
For optimum results, dentists recommend limiting or eliminating teeth staining substances, which may reverse the effects of teeth bleaching. Teeth staining substances may include, but are not limited to, beverages, foods, and habits such as:
Dr. Garrett Toy, DDS of Camarillo in Ventura County offers teeth whitening services and information to his patients throughout the Camarillo and Southern Californian regions.