1. Within one hour in the dental office with laser/light activated teeth whitening
2. Within a couple of weeks with whitening trays
3. Within 1-2 weeks with whitening strips
4. Within 1-3 weeks with whitening pens
5. Within several weeks to months with whitening toothpastes
Teeth whitening or teeth bleaching can be one of the most conservative and convenient ways to brighten and transform your smile. You can achieve a whiter, brighter smile in as little as one hour with light activated whitening at the dentist. Also, you can whiten or bleach your teeth and reach the desired results within a couple of weeks utilizing bleach trays at home with professional whitening products. In addition, whitening toothpastes can serve as a good whitening adjunct to keep your smile bright in the long run. With so many teeth whitening products flooding the market now, it is difficult to differentiate what works, what doesn’t, and what is safe and what is not.
The five most common ways to whiten your teeth today include:
What is the active ingredient in laser teeth whitening?
The whitening ingredient is 25% hydrogen peroxide.
How long does it take to whiten teeth with laser teeth whitening?
Whitening results are achieved within one hour.
What is the process of laser teeth whitening?
The process starts by complete isolation of soft tissue including your cheeks, lips and gums. This is followed by application of the whitening solution and exposure to the laser activating light for 15-20 minute increments. A new application is then applied, and the process is repeated to complete 3 applications.
As shown in the photos, professional made trays provide a custom fit to your teeth and gums. An accurate fit ensures even distribution of whitening gel, as well as protection of your gums from chemical burn. In addition, it is a safer bet to get the whitening gel from the dentist as opposed to Walgreens. Think “professional shampoos vs generic shampoos”.
Different strength whitening gels can be utilized with whitening trays. Lower concentration whitening gels can be purchased over the counter. However, higher concentration medical quality-whitening gels can be purchased at your dentist office.
What is the active ingredient in whitening tray gels?
The whitening ingredient is often Carbamide Peroxide, with various concentrations of 10%, 15%, 20% and 35%.
How long does it take to whiten teeth with trays?
Whitening results can be achieved in 1-3 weeks.
What is the process of teeth whitening with tray gels?
After placing a small amount of whitening gel in the trays:
– If 35% Carbamide Peroxide is used, wear the tray for 30 minutes once a day.
– If 20% Carbamide Peroxide is used, wear it for 2-4 hours once a day.
– If 10-15% Carbamide Peroxide is used, you may wear the trays over night.
Application: Apply to teeth 2 to 3 times per day to achieve desired shade in 2-3 weeks.
Whitening strips were introduced by Crest in 2001. Currently, Crest whitening strips come in several concentrations, most commonly 5% to 10%. These strips can be worn 1-2 times per day. The desired whitening results should be achieved in 1-2 weeks.
The vast majority of the whitening toothpastes remove stains through abrasive particles. The long-term effect of the abrasive actions on compromising the structure and the integrity of teeth is controversial. Some dentists feel that believe the damage to the teeth due to abrasive action is significant, others don’t. Results may take weeks to months to become evident with limited and varying degrees of success.
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Dr. Saleh has been providing our Portland community with the latest in cosmetic dentistry procedures for over 13 years. A leader in the field, Dr. Saleh has extensive training and experience in the latest techniques in dental veneers, crowns, and restorations.