Tooth Whitening

At-Home Bleaching

A procedure to remove stains and brighten teeth. Everybody loves a bright white smile, and there are a variety of products and procedures available to help you improve the look of yours.

Many people are satisfied with the sparkle they get from brushing twice daily with a fluoride-containing toothpaste, cleaning between their teeth once a day with dental floss and the regular cleanings at your dentist’s office. If you decide you would like to go beyond this to make your smile look brighter, you should investigate all of your options.

There are several types of products available for use at home, which can either be dispensed by your dentist or purchased over-the-counter.

Bleaching Solutions

These products contain peroxide(s), which actually bleach the tooth enamel. These products typically rely on carbamide peroxide as the enamel bleaching agent. Peroxide-containing whiteners typically come in a gel and are placed in a custom mouthguard. Usage regimens vary. Some products are used for about twice a day for 2 to 3 weeks. If you obtain the bleaching solution from your dentist, he or she can make a custom-fitted mouthguard for you that will fit your teeth precisely. You also may want to speak with your dentist should any side effects become bothersome. For example, teeth can become sensitive during the period when you are using the bleaching solution, this sensitivity is temporary and should lessen once the treatment is finished. Some people also experience soft tissue irritation from solution that may come in contact with the tissues. If you have concerns about such side effects, you should discuss them with your dentist.

Toothpastes

All toothpastes help remove surface stain through the action of mild abrasives. “Whitening” toothpastes in the ADA Seal of Acceptance program have special chemical or polishing agents that provide additional stain removal effectiveness. Unlike bleaches, these ADA Accepted products do not alter the intrinsic color of teeth.

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