Teeth whitening is an option for patients with stained or yellowed teeth. While you can purchase over-the-counter teeth whitening products, those will only clean the very surface of your teeth and rarely penetrate below the dentin. Having your teeth professionally whitened will erase stains not only on the surface of your teeth but also below the dentin and inside any minuscule cracks that are present.
Our dentist offers professional teeth whitening in Houston either with or without a halogen light. First, your gums are protected by a deflecting gel to avoid contact with the whitening gel during treatment. Next, your dentist will apply either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide-based whitening gel. This gel disintegrates the bond between your tooth and the stain, allowing dirt to be released below the surface. Oxygen molecules then spread and whiten the entire tooth, leaving you with a whiter smile. The treatment may sit under a halogen light accelerating the whitening process, or you can return for multiple treatments to achieve your desired shade.
At home, the process is similar but obviously more convenient, and possibly cheaper depending on what products produce the look you’re after. The idea is the same but you have the option of using whitening trays, bleach pens, and L.E.D whitening lights or even strips. All of these options can be done at home while your tending to other tasks, so the hassle of an office visit is obsolete. However, the desired shade accomplished during one halogen light treatment at your dentist could potentially take an entire month the achieve at home. If your going for a more gradual look, at home is the best option.
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If you are trying to whiten your teeth at home then you should be careful about the products that you use. Always look into possible side effects of the treatment you are using at home. Be on the lookout for any signs of irritation, swelling or sensitivity after treatment. Consult your doctor with any concerns or problems with whitening ingredients or damage from prolonged use. We also other services such as deep cleaning, tooth extractions, veneers, and invisalign. Contact our Houston or La Porte dentist today.