Teeth whitening Las Vegas
Many a teeth whitening Las Vegas dentist will tell you the benefits of whitening your teeth if you have yellow or discolored teeth. These days, there are a plethora of options to choose from and you can whiten your teeth at home with over the counter whitening kits. Although the words teeth whitening and bleaching are used interchangeably, the former refers to processes that restore natural teeth color while the latter indicates lightening teeth to a lighter than natural tone. Teeth whitening procedures are reserved for people with healthy teeth and haven’t undergone restoration procedures like filling. Unhealthy teeth and gums can be affected by the strong bleaching chemicals used, and you should consult with your dentist before using whitening products.
In-office dentist whitening
This is the fastest and most effective method to whiten your teeth. It is also the most expensive. In this procedure, the dentist applies a strong bleaching agent directly to the teeth, and you can see results within one session that lasts 30 – 60 minutes on average. In some cases, if the dentist has the equipment, laser light is used to activate the bleaching agent for faster whitening. Other times, heat or a special light is employed. For dramatic results, a number of subsequent appointments are needed. The dentist will fit a rubber dam over your gums to protect them from chemical exposure. You may notice white patches on your gums; this is a result of contact with bleaching chemicals and will go away in a few days.
Teeth Whitening trays
The teeth whitening Las Vegas dentist takes an impression of the teeth and creates a tray that fits over your teeth. This is a home bleaching option supervised by a dentist. You can also get whitening trays from over-the-counter drug stores which are “one-size-fits-all”. The peroxide-based bleaching agent is put on the whitening tray that ensures maximum contact with teeth for effective whitening. It also prevents contact with the gums. Whitening trays can be worn for a few hours per day or at night when sleeping and take four or more weeks to achieve results.
Teeth Whitening strips and gels
The strips are thin, clear strips coated with a peroxide gel which are worn over the teeth. Whitening strips are a nondescript way to whiten teeth and results are visible in a few days and sustainable for up to four months. On the other hand, whitening gels have the same peroxide gel but are applied directly to the tooth surface using a small brush. This product, despite using a different delivery method, achieves the same results as the whitening strips.
Teeth Whitening toothpaste and mouth rinses
Whitening toothpaste is the best example of tooth whitening since they don’t lighten the tone beyond the natural one. They contain mild abrasives that remove staining particles from the enamel. Others contain a weak chemical agent for more effective whitening but do not contain bleach like OTC whitening kits. Generally, whitening kinds of toothpaste make the teeth one shade lighter. Enter whitening rinses, the newest whitening option on the market. Apart from whitening teeth using hydrogen peroxide, rinses also assist in freshening breath, removing plaque and protecting gums from periodontal disease. The patient swishes the mouth rinse around the mouth for one minute, twice per day before the normal brushing routine. Results are visible in 12 weeks although it is not as effective as OTC whitening products because of minimal contact with teeth.
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