The advantage of having your teeth whitened in the dental office is that this approach is fast and produces dramatic results. The procedure takes from an hour to a maximum of two hours. Teeth can be whitened by several shades-tooth shade charts are used during the consultation stage of treatment to establish your current shading and determine your whitening goal. In-office whitening is unique in this respect, as your dentist has more control over achieving your specific teeth whitening goals.
During your teeth whitening procedure, you are made comfortable while your teeth are prepared. Your dentist places a guard in your mouth to protect the lips and gums from a whitening gel that is applied to the teeth.
In some types of in-office whitening, application of the whitening gel occurs in three sessions over the course of the visit. A special lamp is used to activate the whitening gel and speed up the whitening process. Once the gel is activated, it remains on the teeth for 15-20 minutes until the next application.
The most effective at-home whitening systems use a prescription-strength gel kit available at the dental clinic. At North Carolina Dental Practice customized trays are made for you which can be used with the whitening gels to achieve optimum results.
Application times vary greatly for the various dentist-dispensed, at-home products. Wear times of 30-60 minutes, once or twice a day, are common; results are achieved in a little as three days, but more commonly 5-10 or more days.
Advantages of at-home products include cost and the ability to re-treat as needed. If you have used laser teeth whitening, home bleaching is an excellent way to maintain the brightness of your smile.
At North Carolina Dental Practice we offer a range of whitening products that can be used on their own or in conjunction with whitening procedures to maintain your bright white smile.Things you can do to maintain Your Smile
In order to maximize the longevity of your whitening treatment, it is important to avoid food and drink that could stain your teeth for about a week after whitening, as well as to refrain from smoking.
Your dentist will advise you to maintain excellent oral hygiene (brush and floss after every meal) and steer clear of some of the more common causes of discoloration (coffee, tea, red wine, etc.) for a short period of time following whitening.