It’s natural for teeth to darken and become stained over time. Not only does natural aging cause your teeth to darken, but doing things like smoking, drinking coffee, and taking certain prescription drugs also can stain your teeth.
A Brighter & Whiter Smile
If you’re hoping to achieve a brighter, whiter smile, a home whitening system may be just what you need. Home bleaching involves wearing a custom-fit mouth tray that contains a concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel. This gel is responsible for bleaching your teeth and helping remove dark, unwanted stains.
Home Teeth Bleaching Treatment
During your first visit for bleach treatment, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth. It’s imperative that your teeth are free of any plaque and tarter before the impression is taken. The impression is used to create a custom mouth tray made specifically for your mouth. During your second visit, your dentist will demonstrate how to apply the hydrogen peroxide gel to the bleaching tray. Once the gel is in place, you’re ready to put the bleaching tray into your mouth. How long you keep the bleaching tray in your mouth will depend on how badly your teeth are stained in addition to the concentration of your bleaching gel. Normally, people will wear their bleaching trays anywhere from several minutes to a few hours. In any case, you should consult with your dentist to learn how long you should be wearing your bleaching tray.
How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?
The effects of home teeth whitening can last anywhere from a few months to a few years. How well the whitening system works varies from person to person. Factors such as the original condition of the teeth, severity of the stains, and strength of the bleaching gel will all influence the degree of whitening. Your eating, drinking, and smoking habits also will contribute to the success or failure of your teeth whitening kit. Don’t expect your teeth whitening solution to permanently change the color of your teeth or prevent future stains.
What Are the Risks Associated with Teeth Bleaching?
While you’re likely to focus on the benefits of teeth bleaching, there are some minor risks associated with this process. The most common side effect of home whitening systems is an increased teeth sensitivity. It should be relatively mild and ought to fade away after treatment has been completed. However, severe teeth sensitivity should be taken seriously. Wear your mouth tray for shorter durations if you’re experiencing severe sensitivity to your teeth or consider stopping treatment altogether.
Another known side effect of teeth bleaching is gum discoloration or irritation. This can be caused by putting too much hydrogen peroxide gel into the mouth tray. Take a break from treatment if your gums feel irritated or appear discolored.
Fluoride and Teeth Sensitivity
Another way to reduce teeth sensitivity is by using fluoride toothpaste or desensitizing toothpaste. If you have any questions regarding the best teeth whitening practices, be sure to speak with your dentist. You can also use our MediaMed system to learn more about proper teeth whitening techniques.