Teeth whitening is a highly effective way of lightening the natural color of teeth without removing anything on its surface. This process cannot result in a complete change of color, but will lighten the existing shade of white. It is not advisable to whiten teeth for children below 18 years and for pregnant or nursing women.
There are a number of types of teeth whitening procedures. These are:
Professional Teeth Whitening
Professional teeth whitening (in-office whitening) is the most common form of teeth whitening.
Laser Teeth Whitening
Laser teeth whitening can produce dramatic & instant results by using highly intensified light to activate the bleaching process. The procedure takes approximately one hour in-center.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
Special plastic foam-lined trays are made in the laboratory accurately fitting your own teeth. A Carbamide Peroxide bleaching gel is issued for self at-home application at a frequency of one hour per day, or overnight, for 14 days, or twice the frequency over 7 days.
How long does whitening last?
Teeth whitening will last for up to 12-24 months depending on your lifestyle and the type of teeth. For some people, drinking lots of coffee and red wine can cause the teeth to get darker. A combination of good dental care including brushing, flossing and regular visits to the dentist will ensure the whitening effect lasts longer. A top up treatment can also be done to maintain the teeth color.
What are the side effects of whitening?
Most people experience some kind of sensitivity either during and/or after the initial treatment. This is usually described by patients as sporadic, sharp shooting pains coming from their teeth. There is nothing to worry about as this settles down within 48 hours.
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