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What is Teeth Whitening?
What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment, which changes the color of natural tooth enamel and may be an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.

Are there different types of teeth whitening?

Once the cause of your teeth stain is confirmed, Dr. Halim can prescribe the appropriate teeth-whitening product. There are two types of teeth whitening techniques: vital and non-vital.

Vital whitening (bleaching) means the teeth discoloration is confined exclusively to the enamel. Vital teeth bleaching can cause teeth hypersensitivity and gum irritation. Both reactions are usually temporary.

Non-vital teeth whitening is used for discolored teeth that have been treated with a root canal treatment. The peroxide formulation remains inside the teeth between appointments and whitens the teeth from the inside out.

Are there different Teeth Whitening products?

Teety whitening is not a one-size-fits-all treatment. There are so many teeth whitening products available that it helps to talk to Dr. Halim to find out which would best fit your needs.

Teeth whitening dental products can be divided into a few categories to help you better understand your options:

Tray Whitening:
  • Dentist prescribed and custom-fit
  • Home trays
  • 10-20% carbamide peroxide
  • 2-3 months process

In-Office Whitening:
  • Dentist supervised
  • Also known as “power bleaching”
  • 25-30% carbamide peroxide
  • One Hour process

What does the process of Teeth Whitening involve?

In office teeth whitening “bleaching” is a one-hour process. Custom bleaching trays are also provided for future touch-up and additional bleaching.

Your teeth are polished and dammed (Special Isolation to prevent bleaching material getting in contact with your gums).

Teeth whitening “bleaching” gel is applied and activated with special light for 15 minutes. The process is repeated 2-4 times depending on desired color to be achieved and teeth tolerance.

Take home approach consists of wearing the custom trays every other day, for 45 minutes. The best results are obtained up to 3 months.

At the first appointment, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear plastic, trays. At your second appointment, you will try on the trays for proper fit, and adjustments will be made if necessary.

It is not unusual to experience teeth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching.

Is Teeth Whitening permanent?

Teeth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up maybe needed that varies from one individual to another.

Red wine, smoking, coffee, tea, or can increase beaching relapse.

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