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Teeth Whitening

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a process of lightening the color of your teeth. It is also referred to as "teeth bleaching".

The most common side effects of teeth whitening are increased sensitivity to temperature and irritation of the gum tissue.

Teeth whitening at home

Teeth whitening at home involves utilizing at-home tray-based teeth whitening products. Home teeth bleaching systems utilize a clear plastic tray that is filled with whitening gel and then placed on and slipped over the patient's teeth. The bleaching tray is then worn for multiple hours per day (or else overnight), for some weeks, while the effects of the teeth whitening process take place.

Teeth whitening at the Dental Office

If you are interested in having your teeth whitened by a dentist, there are a few things you should consider before beginning treatment.

  1. Cost of procedure. The cost of the procedure should be one of your biggest concerns. Often, insurance companies may not cover the procedure or cover only part of the procedure. It is important to know how much your insurance company will cover before you begin the procedure.
  2. Replacement of existing restorations. If you have existing restorations, they will not be affected by the treatment. You may have to have your existing restorations redone in order to have the best result. Ask your dentist if you will need to replace existing restorations before you start.
  3. Before and after pictures. Take pictures of your teeth before and after the procedure. In order for the pictures to be accurate, they must be taken under the same lighting conditions. Make sure that the pretreatment and post treatment pictures include the same shade guide. This will allow you to compare them accurately.

There are many different methods of treatment for whitening your teeth. Knowing the types of treatments will help make you make the most of your experience.

Tips to keep your teeth white

  1. Limit the intake of foods that stain your teeth (tea, coffee, cola, smoke, acidic juices).
  2. Brush and floss your teeth every day.
  3. Use an electric toothbrush (electric toothbrushes can remove 98.2 percent of plaque).
  4. Use a mouthwash with an antibacterial action to help dissolve plaque.
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