Teeth whitening is a simple cosmetic dental treatment that helps to remove the stains from the teeth surfaces that may have accumulated over a period of time. It is fast, easy, and non-invasive. To remove discoloration, the cosmetic dentist can use a bleaching gel, which is applied to the teeth. The gel is then activated with a laser or light, which lifts the stains from the teeth.
Professional vs. over-the-counter whitening
Teeth whitening, whether done at home or in the dentist’s office, is safe and does not cause tooth sensitivity. Over-the-counter whitening products contain a lower concentration of whitening solutions than professional whitening products, making it necessary to use them for longer periods of time to see results.
Professional teeth whitening is done by a cosmetic dentist using a higher concentration whitening solution. A dental professional is able to monitor the whitening process to ensure that it is effective and safe. Patients can choose between in-office and take-home whitening. Teeth whitening performed at home is usually less expensive but more time-consuming, and patients will need to wear custom-fitted trays filled with a whitening solution.
Over-the-counter whitening kits
Over-the-counter whitening kits contain a lower concentration of whitening agents than professional whitening. They usually contain 5% to 10% whitening agent, compared to 15% to 25% in professional whitening. The whitening agent in over-the-counter whitening kits is usually carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. Over-the-counter whitening kits are safe for most patients. However, patients with gum disease or teeth sensitivity may not be able to use whitening kits without causing more irritation.
Professional teeth whitening
Professional teeth whitening is a safe and effective way to brighten your smile. You can whiten your teeth up to eight shades, depending on your natural tooth color. A dentist offers this cosmetic service and may recommend custom-fitted trays or in-office whitening. Custom-fitted trays are worn at home with a whitening solution, while an in-office whitening session can be completed within an hour.
Laser teeth whitening
Laser teeth whitening uses light energy to whiten teeth. The dentist applies a whitening gel to your teeth and shines a whitening light on the gel. The gel helps the light penetrate the tooth enamel, breaking up stains and discoloration. This procedure is more effective, quicker, and produces results that last for a long duration.
To find out more about the dental services offered at All About Dentistry, Dentist in Garland TX call (972) 414-8800 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 1922 Belt Line Rd, Garland, TX 75044.