Teeth whitening is a common cosmetic procedure that is primarily used to brighten teeth. Whitening is designed to lighten the shade of your teeth by removing stains using a whitening gel, which essentially acts as a bleaching agent. If you decide that whitening is right for you, our dentist will first conduct a thorough dental exam to make sure you’re healthy enough for whitening.
If you decide to get professional whitening, your dentist will apply a whitening gel to your dental tray. The gel should be thick enough to stay on your teeth but thin enough to not cause irritation. The gel typically has a pH of 7.5 to 8.0, which is slightly acidic. Your dentist may expose the gel to a blue LED light or plasma arc light to activate the gel. The intense light will help the gel penetrate the surface of your teeth and break up stains.
At-home whitening kits
There are many over-the-counter whitening products. Some may remove superficial stains, while others can lighten the tooth structure. However, they may not be effective enough to remove the staining on your teeth. As an alternative, we provide at-home whitening kits.
At-home whitening kits that involve wearing a mouthguard containing bleach can be used. Your dentist can make custom-fitted mouthguards for you. However, you should always consult with your dentist before trying an at-home whitening product. Your dentist can recommend which over-the-counter product might be best for you.
If your teeth are stained or discolored, professional laser teeth whitening treatments can restore their natural color in a quick time span. Most laser teeth whitening treatments are performed in the dentist’s office using the professional-strength whitening gel. Your dentist will carefully apply the whitening gel to your teeth. Then, they will use a special light to activate the gel and speed up the whitening process. The results are excellent and long-lasting.
Safety of whitening methods
Your dentist will always talk with you about any whitening methods. Many people have had their teeth whitened with at-home methods, but in-office whitening is safer. Moreover, in-office whitening offers faster results.
The whitening gel contains a stronger bleaching agent than in at-home products. This bleaching agent can irritate your gums, so your dentist will always cover your gums to protect them. We will also use a retractor to help keep your cheeks and lips away from the teeth. Since the whitening gel is a bleaching agent, the retractor will also protect these sensitive tissues.
To find out more about the dental services offered at North End Dental, call (719) 471-1900 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 1705 N, Weber St, Colorado Springs, CO 80907.