Teeth Whitening

Bleaching

Bleaching is a very conservative and non-invasive approach to creating a brighter and more appealing smile. Teeth can often take on a darker and unattractive appearance with age or from contact with staining substances. Tobacco, coffee or tea, juices, poor hygiene, genetics, and natural aging can cause the discoloration. Bleaching has become very popular for a whiter and brighter smile because it’s fast, simple, and inexpensive with excellent and predictable results.

How It’s Done

There are two commonly used methods for bleaching: at-home and in-office. Both begin with an office consultation to determine if the patient is a good candidate for the bleaching process. The at-home technique is less expensive. The in-office method (power bleaching) allows the dentist to place a higher concentration of an oxidizing agent to the teeth.

Types of Teeth Whitening Procedures

  • At-Home Method
    • A custom mouthpiece or “tray” is made by the dental office to fit your teeth. This tray fits over the patient’s teeth and holds the bleaching material against the teeth for a specified period of time. There are different considerations of bleach that are worn via the tray for 30 minutes per day for an average of 10 to 14 days. The regimen will be determined by the dentist and may differ for each patient. If the teeth become more sensitive to hot and cold, a “desensitizing” material may be used in the same tray on alternating days. Results are usually excellent with this method.
  • In-Office Method (Power Bleaching)
    • The gum tissues are covered to protect them from being irritated by a higher concentration of the bleaching material. The bleach may then be activated by a high intensity light or a laser to accelerate the process. This method is usually repeated several times for about an hour. Most patients require a touch-up after one to five years, depending on the patient’s habits and desires.
  • What About Over-The-Counter Options?
    • Both at-home and in-office treatments are considerably more effective than the whiteners available at retail outlets. The over-the-counter products have much lower concentrations of bleach and sometimes use materials and ill-fitting trays that can cause damage to the teeth and gums.

Holt Dental Care

3855 West 7800 South
Suite 250
West Jordan, Utah 84088
Phone: 801.282.5839 Email: info@holtdentalcare.net

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