What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is the easiest and least expensive way to make an instant change to your smile and overall appearance. Although most grocery stores carry whitening products, these typically do not provide complete whitening due to lack of coverage and lower concentration. You might also consider single-use whitening systems, in-office whitening products or dentist-delivered custom tray systems. Research has proven the custom-fabricated tray delivery systems offered by dental professionals to provide the best whitening results.
Is teeth whitening for me?
If you are looking to improve your smile and overall appearance easily, teeth whitening might be a good option for you.
If you have periodontal disease or excessive root surface exposure, you may experience significant sensitivity to teeth whitening. Do not whiten your teeth if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
What is the procedure like?
When applying a dentist-delivered custom tray system, start the whitening process by brushing your teeth. Rinse well. Place a dot of bleaching gel in the front portion of the custom fitted tray and spread the gel with the syringe tip. Place the trays on your teeth and gently press the tray to move the gel into place. Wipe away any excess gel on the gum tissue with your finger or tissue and spit out any excess. Wear the trays for 1-2 hours or overnight, depending on the bleach. Remove the trays. Wipe the gel out with tissue and use a toothbrush with water.
How long will it take me to heal?
You might experience sensitivity to whitening if you have periodontal disease or excessive root surface exposure. However, an average patient does not experience pain from whitening. Although every individual whitens at a different rate, the average time most people notice a color change is after wearing trays daily for 2-3 weeks.
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