Teeth Whitening Is A Great Option Advanced Dentistry of Richmond

Long-term consumption of acidic or tannin-rich foods such as berries, coffee, tea, red wine, carbonated drinks, smoking, chewing tobacco, or even tomato sauce can lead to varying degrees of tooth discoloration.

According to the FDA, tooth whitening restores natural tooth color whereas tooth bleaching whitens beyond the natural color. Essentially both whitening and bleaching can be accomplished by the same process. The difference lies in the strength of the whitening solution and the length of the exposure. Overexposing teeth to a whitening gel can dehydrate the tooth and increase its sensitivity. Bleaching can be accomplished either at home, typically with products having a peroxide or carbamide concentration of 3%-20% and those gels used in the office may have concentrations of up to 43%. Note that bleaching will not whiten porcelain crowns or composite tooth-colored bondings.

Quick facts about Teeth Whitening:

  • In the office, whitening will yield the quickest, most pronounced results. Visits may last anywhere from 45 – 60 minutes.
  • Home whitening involves multiple exposures of a less concentrated gel. There are three main methods of applying this gel.
  • Tooth whitening strips or gels – applied once or twice a day for up to 14 days
  • Tray-based tooth whitening systems that involve the use of a tray filled with a peroxide gel and placed over the teeth for several hours a day. These trays should be made custom for you at your dental office.
  • Tooth whitening toothpaste removes stain and polishes the teeth. These are typically less effective in whitening teeth than the above-mentioned alternatives.

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12/26/2015 by Dr.Ursula Klostermyer