How can you brighten your smile?
Your wedding is coming up and you want your smile to be its brightest. Or maybe you have an important speaking engagement. Whatever the reason, tooth bleaching isn’t just for one day. Many people have had their teeth bleached, and probably millions more are thinking about it. The desired for a brighter smile with whiter teeth is very strong, and tooth bleaching safety lightens the color of the teeth. The most effective and safest method of tooth bleaching is dentist-supervised.
Is bleaching for you?
Generally, bleaching is successful in at least 90 percent of patients, though it may not be an option for everyone. Consider tooth bleaching if your teeth are darkened from age, coffee, tea or smoking.
First, the dentist will determine whether you are a candidate for tooth bleaching and what type of bleaching system would provide the best results. If you are in a hurry for whiter teeth, you may decide to have your teeth lightened immediately with an in-office bleaching system or laser bleaching while you sit in the dental chair. However, most patients choose dentist supervised at home bleaching. If the patient decides to do the supervised at home treatment, the dentist or hygienist will make impression of your teeth to fabricate a mouthguard appliance for you. The mouthguard is custom made for your mouth and is lightweight so that it can be worn comfortably. Along with the mouthguard, you’ll receive the bleaching materials. Instructions will be given on how to wear the mouthguard. This type of system usually requires only 10-14 days to be completed.
How long does it last?
Lightness should last from one to five years, depending on your personal habits such as smoking and drinking coffee and tea. At this point you may choose to get a touch up.
Is it safe? Any side effects?
Several studies, during the past five years, have proven bleaching to be safe and effective. Some patients may experience slight gum irritation or tooth sensitivity, which will resolve when the treatment ends.