What is tooth whitening?
Tooth whitening is a process which lightens the natural colour of the teeth without removing any of the tooth surface. It cannot completely change the natural colour of teeth, however it can lightening them by varying degrees depending on the situation. Teeth can often become stained by the normal process of eating certain foods and drinking certain liquids, such as coffee and wine. Smoking is also often a cause of discouration. ‘Calculus’ or tartar can also build up which stains the natural colour of the teeth. The process of tooth whitening can help to counteract all of these effects and restore your teeth to a more natural whiteness.
What is involved in tooth whitening?
The most common form of tooth whitening is professional bleaching. This involves firstly creating a mouth-guard to protect the mouth during the treatment. After this initial stage is complete the dentist will apply the tooth whitening product to the teeth using the specially created mouth-guard. The active ingredient is most commonly hydrogen-peroxide, which breaks down into oxygen in the mouth which gets into the tooth enamel and makes it lighter.
Once your dentist has started the treatment, you will need to carry on applying the product at home. This generally involves applying the product for 30 minutes to an hour at at time for two to four weeks. There are also now products available which can be applied for up to eight hours at a time which can reduce the total time of the treatment to as little as a week.
Laser tooth whitening
Laser tooth whitening, or ‘power tooth whitening’, is a much faster process for achieving whiter teeth. This involves coating the teeth with the whitening product and then activating this with a laser or special light. This process activates the product and creates a much faster reaction.
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