Teeth Whitening has become a popular dental trend with an abundance or even an over abundance of professional and over the counter options. It is an effective and inexpensive option for smile enhancement and makeover. In a trendy esthetic society, white, bright smiles have become an integral part of the fifty six billion dollar cosmetic industry of the US economy.
One Hour Whitening: The result is fast and dramatic. Under the direct supervision of a dental professional; chemically activated 40% hydrogen peroxide is placed on the teeth at periodic intervals in a monitored setting. This method delivers whiter teeth in less than an hour of sitting in the dental chair. The outcome is instant gratification with exceptional whitening. Some patients may experience post procedural sensitivity, especially if their teeth are generally sensitive to temperature changes.
Take Home Whitening: The patient is fitted with custom whitening trays that are lightweight and comfortable. The trays, one for the upper arch and another for the lower are delivered to the patient with choice of various whitening concentrations ranging from 10 to 35 percent carbamide peroxide. These trays are worn with a light coat of whitening gel for a few hours each day. The whitening process is more gradual and this option is more suitable for patients with very sensitive teeth.
Besides these professional options, there are several choices of over the counter whitening toothpastes and gels with mild formulas that are good maintenanceoptions.
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