Teeth whitening is a dental procedure, and improper technique can result in extreme tooth sensitivity, gum inflammation and even damage to the roots of your teeth.
There are two common options for professional teeth whitening.
In this procedure a whitening gel is applied to the teeth, and a laser is used to intensify the effect and penetrate teeth enamel.(Another variation of this method is a non laser, light activated tooth whitening/bleaching gel). This professional teeth whitening procedure is extremely effective at removing tough stains that have resisted other methods. Results are quick, often within an hour.
Customized teeth whitening tray
This is a professional strength teeth whitening tool, crafted by your dentist for an exact fit in your mouth. The tray is applied at home, for a specified period of time each day, with noticeable effects after a week or so. This method takes longer, but is often less expensive.
A teeth whitening specialist can help determine which method will best meet your needs.
You should avoid teeth whitening if the following conditions apply to you
- If you have tooth decay or gingivitis, teeth whitening is not recommended until those health issues are addressed.
- Teeth whitening is not recommended for clients under the age of 16. This is because the pulp chamber, or nerve of the tooth, is enlarged until this age.
- If you expose the tooth to whitening agents, it can irritate the pulp, with painful results.
- Tooth whitening is not recommended for pregnant or lactating women.
You should also be aware that not all stains will respond to teeth whitening. These include the following:
- Stains from smoking
- Stains from illness or medication
- Greyish stains
- Stains on bonding or tooth colored fillings
- If you have stains as the result of these factors, veneers may be necessary to correct the issue.