Teeth whitening is easily the most common cosmetic dental procedure – many Americans have chosen to whiten their teeth at some point in their lives. The remarkable aspect of teeth whitening is that you can whiten as you please: regularly, for a special occasion, or whenever you feel like your smile needs an extra boost. Whitening is typically quick and painless, and Dr. de Jongh offers solutions for those with sensitive teeth wishing to whiten.Teeth whitening is the fastest, easiest and most affordable way to enhance your smile.
How Teeth Whitening Works
Teeth bleaching uses a whitening agent to break up staining compounds. Enamel, the outermost layer of teeth, is porous. After eating, drinking, or using tobacco products, particles remain in your mouth, and can lodge in these tiny holes. As these compounds accumulate, they yellow your smile’s shade.
Hydrogen peroxide penetrates these pores and breaks up compounds. Different whitening systems use variations of hydrogen peroxide solutions, many with sensitivity-reducing components. The whitening gel is typically applied to the patient’s teeth, and then activated with a low-energy laser or another light. This stimulates the hydrogen peroxide’s chemical reactions, and kickstarts whitening.
Professional Whitening vs. Home Whitening
Different whitening methods are available to every patient, depending on their dental needs and personal preferences. The most common choice to make is between in-office whitening and home whitening.
- Office whitening – Best for you if you’re seeking fast results and professional guidance. While we will give you instructions if you’re going to whiten at home, you can’t beat the chairside attention and service that accompanies in-office whitening. The strength of the hydrogen peroxide solution also offers nearly immediate results – ideal for those seeking a brighter smile for an upcoming event. We provide Zoom! Whitening to our patients – this system whitens up to 8 shades in just 45 minutes.
- Home whitening – Best for you if you’re comfortable with gradual results and would prefer to whiten on your own. Home whitening gel tends to be less intense than that used in the office, which is great for patients prone to sensitivity. Whitening steadily for several weeks will show results.
Curious about brightening your grin? Contact us to learn more about your options.