Teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure used to improve the appearance of a tooth or teeth. Teeth whitening can be performed by a dentist or at home.
In-office teeth whitening involves the application of a whitening gel to the surface of your teeth. The gel remains in contact for about an hour before being removed from the teeth.
You can also whiten your teeth at home using whitening kits such as whitening toothpaste and whitening strips. These kits gently lift stains from your teeth.
The most common causes of dental staining include:
A teeth whitening treatment can help eliminate dental stains and result in a beautiful smile.
There are generally three types of whitening treatments:
Professional teeth whitening treatments use a bleaching gel to lift stains and discolorations from the tooth enamel surface. The bleaching gel contains a form of hydrogen peroxide, which is the active ingredient that whitens the teeth. The teeth whitening treatment begins with protecting your gums and lips and then applying the bleaching gel to the teeth. The teeth are then exposed to a special light that helps to activate the bleaching gel. The gel is left on the teeth for a specified amount of time and is rinsed off. The procedure is repeated till the desired whitening level is achieved.
Many patients choose professional teeth whitening because it’s fast, safe, and proven to make your teeth whiter and brighter. In-office teeth whitening involves a highly concentrated bleaching agent applied to the teeth, where it is activated using a special light or laser. This results in faster, more effective whitening than at-home whitening products. In-office whitening can whiten teeth up to 8 shades, making it the most effective teeth whitening treatment. Besides, since the procedure is done under the supervision of your dentist, they are safer.
To learn more about our dental services, call Lanham Smiles Family Dentistry at (301) 459-0914 or schedule an online appointment. You can also visit our dental office located at 9500 Annapolis Road, Suite C6, Lanham, MD 20706.