Bleaching- Tooth Whitening

Teeth whitening, also known as teeth bleaching, has become extremely popular over the last several years. It’s a great way to improve your appearance, it’s reasonably priced, non-surgical and non-invasive.

As with everything else, teeth whitening isn't perfect and it isn't for everyone. Before you decide to have your teeth whitened, you should talk with your dentist. Your dentist can determine if you are a good candidate for teeth whitening.

Knowing the facts can help you with your decision also:

Teeth Whitening Fact 1 -- Tooth colored fillings, crowns, bridges and veneers will not lighten when your teeth are bleached.

Teeth Whitening Fact 2 -- Teeth whitening toothpastes can make your teeth appear a little lighter by removing stains, but they do not actually bleach your teeth.

Teeth Whitening Fact 3 -- Teeth whitening does not produce the same results on all types of teeth discoloration. Someone with yellow tinted teeth would probably have great results with bleaching, while someone with gray tinted teeth might be disappointed because gray tinted teeth don't bleach as well.

Teeth Whitening Fact 4 -- Tooth sensitivity and gum irritation are common side effects of teeth whitening treatments.

Teeth Whitening Fact 5 -- If you have any cavities, they should be filled before you have your teeth whitened.

Teeth Whitening Fact 6 -- Teeth whitening kits from the dentist produce faster results because they contain a stronger peroxide bleaching agent than whitening kits purchased over the counter.

Teeth Whitening Fact 7 -- Teeth Whitening Fact 7 -- Touch ups are usually needed to maintain your desired shade, depending upon habits such as smoking, drinking coffee and tea and eating certain foods which will stain your teeth.

Teeth Whitening Fact 8 -- Teeth Whitening Fact 8 -- People with gum disease shouldn't get their teeth whitened.

Teeth Whitening Fact 9 -- It's a must to have a dental cleaning done prior to having your teeth whitened to remove surface stains.

Teeth Whitening Options:

In-Office Bleaching -- In-office teeth whitening offers excellent results. This procedure is performed in the dental office and can be done quickly, usually in a little over an hour. Generally the shade of the teeth gets light by 2 to 3 shades. Individual results varies depending on the types and intensity of the stains and the quality of the enamel in the tooth. immediate results can make this option appealing.

Teeth Whitening Trays and Gels -- Teeth Whitening Trays and Gels -- Teeth whitening trays and gels are effective, but the desired results take longer to achieve than with in-office bleaching. Depending on the strength of peroxide in the gel, these clear trays are usually worn a couple of hours a day or overnight and could take anywhere from 3 days to a couple of weeks before any results are noticed.

Teeth Whitening Strips -- Teeth Whitening Strips -- These whitening strips sold over the counter are fairly inexpensive, easy to use and most of them really work. Teeth whitening strips may take take longer to produce the desired results depending on the strength of peroxide that they contain.

Teeth Whitening Toothpastes -- Teeth whitening toothpastes contain mild abrasives to remove surface stains. Some whitening toothpastes may have additional polishing agents and special chemicals that are more effective against stains than regular toothpastes, but teeth whitening toothpastes are not designed to actually "bleach" your teeth.

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