How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

Posted on: December 16, 2018

Teeth whitening has become an extremely popular cosmetic procedure in the dental industry. Having stained or yellow teeth can lower a person’s self-confidence, or even hinder them from talking with or smiling around others.

Luckily, there are several options that a person can choose from to enhance their confidence. It is possible to regain their proudly smile with pearly white teeth.

There are two whitening options that individuals can choose from, which includes bleaching and non-bleaching procedures that contains hydrogen or carbamide peroxide, and the dentist can assist you with making the right decision for you and your smile!

Bleaching Procedures

In-office whitening

This procedure includes going into a dental office and having a UV light treatment, or bleach directly applied to the teeth. UV light treatment or chairside bleaching uses an ultraviolet light and gel applications to whiten the teeth. Typically this procedure is a one-time dentist visit and can brighten the smile from five to seven shades.

At-home whitening

This option is done in the convenience of a person's own home and on their own time! The dentist can provide you with custom mouth trays that are prefilled with bleach that you can wear during the day or overnight. This method is very easy to use since the mouth trays are simply being placed in the mouth and no additional work is required. Results from this procedure range anywhere from overnight wear to a few applications.

Drugstore whitening

Drugstore whitening can provide the best bang for your buck if you are looking for an affordable option to getting those teeth pearly white. This option includes mouth trays, that range in size but not custom fit. They are prefilled with bleach, whitening strips and whitening gels, all which are easy to use at home. Whitening strips are typically made out of thin plastics that contain bleach already included in its coating. This method provides a reader-friendly instruction guide to effectively use the strips at home. Strips are very convenient, easy to apply and affordable. Results from strips appear almost instantly and last for months. Although the concentration of bleaching is lower in these options, one can still expect to see a difference!

Non-bleaching procedures

A whitening toothpaste is the best and most affordable option if a person is seeking minor whitening, and continuous upkeep of the teeth in between doctor visits. Toothpaste with whitening chemicals can provide whitening that mildly polishes and cleans the teeth.

Another non-bleaching option is whitening mouthwashes. Whitening mouthwashes, like whitening toothpastes, are great for daily use when seeking to remove unwanted stains. Although neither product contains peroxides, other cleaning agents makes incorporating them into your daily hygiene routine worth the investment.

Wanting to learn more about how teeth whitening can work for you? Call us today!

Let our helpful staff assist with any questions or concerns you may have with how teeth whitening works and what options may work for you and your oral health. Contact us today for a consultation or schedule a visit with us to learn more about having a nice healthy and white smile!

Request an appointment here: or call Anthony Dental Services at (256) 355-0199 for an appointment in our Decatur office.

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