Professional teeth whitening process starts with consulting your dentist. Not everyone is a good candidate for teeth whitening, so you’ll want to talk to a dentist before getting it done. Teeth whitening is not a good idea if you have large fillings or crowns (caps) in your front teeth. Chemicals whiten your natural teeth, but not your dental restorations (made from ceramic, porcelain or composite material), but cause your teeth to be of different colors.
Teeth whitening is most effective at yellow discoloration and may be less effective on brown or gray discolored teeth, especially when the discoloration is the result of exposure to tetracycline antibiotics while the teeth are still developing (before age 8).
Teeth Whitening Steps
Next comes the actual teeth whitening appointment. When you are comfortable in the chair, the dentist will insert a lip retractor in your mouth; This is a plastic guide that pulls your lips out of the way so that your teeth are easily accessible.
The dentist will then seal your gums around your front teeth with a gel and then cure them with a high-powered light. This is called a gum barrier and protects your gums from tooth whitening chemicals during the whitening process. The dentist can also apply a compound to your teeth to help prevent tooth sensitivity.
The actual whitening process involves the dentist applying a gel made of 15% to 35% hydrogen peroxide to your front teeth. Hydrogen peroxide can penetrate the porous outer layer of your teeth and break down stain compounds using a chemical reaction called oxidation. Depending on the bleaching system used, a high power light can be applied after the whitening gel application, which accelerates the bleaching process. Most systems involve multiple applications of the gel during the whitening session. The dentist will rinse off the gel and apply a fresh coat as needed in approximately 40 minutes. When complete, the whitening procedure can reach four to six color bleaching after just one session. Some patients experience tooth or gum sensitivity after bleaching, but this usually resolves within a day or two. While the effects of whitening last for quite a long time (months to years) depending on diet and other habits (such as smoking), the stains on the teeth will eventually return. Some dentists may recommend maintaining a freshly bleached smile with a professional home whitening kit. These kits include custom-made trays to fit your teeth and whitening gel tubes with a lower concentration of bleach than in-office variants. The patient lines the trays with gel and wears them for a few hours every day or while sleeping.
Lygos Clinic and Teeth Whitening
When it comes to teeth whitening, you get what you pay at the Lygos clinic. Pharmacy over-the-counter kits are inexpensive and offer the convenience of whitening at home without going to the dentist, while they are slower and less effective than professional whitenings. And of course, without the supervision of a dentist, you don’t have the guidance you need to get the best results. If you really want Hollywood white teeth, invest in a professional tooth whitening procedure applied by your dentist. If you have any questions about teeth whitening, please contact us or make an online appointment here.