1. 1 hour: Laser/light-activated teeth whitening (in our office)
2. A few weeks: Whitening trays
3. 1-2 weeks: Whitening strips
4. 1-3 weeks: Whitening pens
5. Several weeks to months: Whitening toothpaste
*Based on our best teeth whitening/brightening results, we recommend that you use a whitening toothpaste or bleach tray to help maintain your light-activated, whitened smile.
Teeth whitening and teeth bleaching are very popular these days, and provide the most convenient means to transform your smile.
You can achieve a whiter and brighter smile in as little as one hour with light-activated whitening at Optima Dental.
Because there are so many whitening products on the market today, we understand how difficult it can be to choose the best and safest options.
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, a professionally made tray provides a custom fit to your teeth and gums. An accurate fit tray ensures even distribution of whitening gel and also protects your gums from potential chemical burns making them a safer option.
Because the trays are the same patients can utilize different strengthen whitening gels. 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?
Patients find that they receive some results in about 1-3 weeks.
What is the process of teeth whitening with tray gels?
After placing a small amount of whitening gel in the trays:
35% concentration is used – wear the tray for 30 minutes once a day.
20% concentration is used – wear it for 2-4 hours once a day.
10-15% concentration is used – you can wear the trays over night.
Application: Apply to teeth 2 to 3 times per day to achieve a desired shade in 2-3 weeks.
Crest introduced whitening strips in 2001 and have been a popular choice. Currently, Crest whitening strips come in several concentrations, most commonly 5% to 10%. Additionally, patients can wear their whitening strips 1-2 times per day and their results should be achieved within 1-2 weeks.
The majority of the whitening toothpastes due remove minor stains through abrasive particles. Although many dentists believe that the long-term effect of the abrasive toothpastes can compromise the structure and the integrity of teeth. Many studies are split when it comes to determining he amount of damage that does or does not happen as a result of using whitening toothpastes. Results are varied and may take weeks to months to become evident. In addition most patients find that they receive limited amounts 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.