Teeth whitening, also known as teeth bleaching, is a non-invasive dental treatment used to change natural tooth enamel color, making it white. This procedure focuses on removing stubborn stains from your teeth and brightening your smile. There are two options for teeth whitening available at our dental office: in-office bleach and at-home bleaching kits.
In-office teeth whitening
Before starting the teeth whitening procedure, your cosmetic dentist will first examine your teeth to decide whether you’re an ideal candidate for teeth whitening. If you are found to be suitable for the procedure, the type of teeth whitening you need will be decided based on the type of stains on your teeth. Since this process is conducted under the supervision of a professional who will monitor results and any possible side effects, this procedure is safer than other over-the-counter products. Professional teeth whitening will provide faster and more noticeable results, thanks to its higher concentration of bleaching compound.
The procedure can take about 1 - 1.30 hours, and its results can last between 12 and 18 months as long as you care for your teeth at home with a daily oral health routine.
During the teeth whitening procedure, our dentist in yuma AZ covers your lips and gums with protective material. A layer of hydrogen peroxide is applied to the teeth with the assistance of specially designed trays. Once the trays are put in place, a laser is used to heat the solution activating the oxygen molecules that can penetrate the enamel to remove stains. This treatment is repeated every 15 minutes, and it usually takes two to three times to get the desired whitening results. The gel is activated by a special light making teeth look 6-10 shades whiter.
After the completion of the treatment, your dentist will apply a fluoride gel to your teeth to fight any sensitivity issues. At first, your teeth may look unnaturally white, but the color changes to a more natural white within a few days. The results of teeth whitening can last till 12-18 months before you may need a booster.