Who doesn’t wish a shiny smile? Most of us, at some point or other, have found ourselves yearning for that perfect Hollywood-esque smile. Worry not !! It is not an impossible feat now, as you can get it too!! With advanced protocols, teeth whitening is now as easy as one, two, three..!
What is Teeth Whitening?
Your teeth may become discolored or dull due to various reasons which could be -drinking excessive tea, coffee, or wine, frequently taking foods rich in pigmented substances, age, smoking or even your natural shade due to genetics, etc. Teeth whitening treatment can lighten the colour or shade of your teeth, to make it look brighter and more esthetic.
Teeth whitening procedure
Our Your dentist will evaluate your whitening goals along with your oral health and recommend a safe, effective whitening treatment personalized to meet your needs. This is generally done in two ways:
- In-Chair professional whitening, which is performed by a dental professional at a clinic
- At-Home whitening done with an At-home whitening kit provided to you and under the supervision of your dentist.
So let’s find out more about what these treatments entail.
This process involves a take-home whitening kit provided to you by your dentist which includes whitening gel and custom dental tray s(to fit your teeth perfectly) for holding the gel close to your teeth. You will be provided instructions and guided on how to apply the gel for the desired result. Your dentist will instruct you on the number of hours the trays must be worn for. You can choose to get your teeth whitening done by yourself in the comfort of your home. Generally, this procedure takes longer to lighten the teeth by 1 or 2 shades but is convenient. However, it is important to do at-home whitening only under the supervision of a dental professional.
In-Chair teeth whitening
In-office or in-chair teeth whitening is performed professionally by your dentist in a dental clinic in one or more than one visit. Your dentist would perform regular dental cleaning for all your teeth followed by the application of professional-grade whitening gel on your teeth. Blue light may be used to maximize the effect of the gel. You should plan to be in the chair for roughly an hour for the entire process.Following the application of the solution, your dentist will guide you in making lifestyle changes to help keep your teeth white.
So, Which one is better?
As to effectiveness, most whitening kits achieve their advertised levels of brightness but they do differ in some respects, though from office applications. The percentage of active bleaching agents — usually hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide — to other ingredients is about 10%, less than half the clinical formulations. This means they require more application sessions to achieve a level of brightness that one or two sessions of a clinical application can produce.