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What is Teeth Whitening?Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental treatment that removes the stains and discolorations from the surface of your teeth. In addition, it also lightens the teeth to reveal a dazzling, brighter, and whiter smile.
Teeth Whitening Treatment Options:
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Our Essex teeth whitening office procedure is a chair-side procedure carried out by one of our general dentists. During your initial appointment with us at Essex Family Dental, a dentist will conduct a thorough oral examination and understand your concerns in depth. After this, a treatment plan is formulated to fit your needs and requirements.
After completing your teeth cleaning, your dentist will prepare your oral cavity for teeth whitening. The gums and oral soft tissues are covered to ensure they are not exposed to the teeth-whitening gel. Next, a layer of teeth whitening gel is applied to all the teeth surfaces and left for 15 minutes which is later washed off.
In some cases, a UV light is used in addition as it helps the gel penetrate the tooth structure, yielding better results. You will be able to appreciate up to 8 shades of lighter teeth in just a single session. The number of appointments will vary according to individual needs and is decided by your general dentist in Essex by evaluating safety to ensure good results.
Take-Home Teeth Whitening KitsAt Essex Family Dental, we also provide our patients with take-home teeth whitening kits. It consists of a tray that is shaped to fit your upper and lower teeth and a whitening gel. Our dentist will guide you on its usage during your appointment. It is crucial that you do not overuse take-home kits and follow the instructions diligently for your safety and the best results.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The main active ingredient of a teeth whitening gel is hydrogen peroxide or, in some cases, carbamide peroxide. This active ingredient penetrates the tooth structure and dissolves stains and discolouration. In addition, it also has a bleaching effect which results in whiter and brighter teeth.
Exposure to UV light helps hydrogen peroxide penetrate the tooth structure more efficiently and gives faster and better results.
You may experience teeth sensitivity for the first few days after professional teeth whitening. However, it’s temporary and usually goes away after a few days. Our dentists will prescribe anti-sensitivity toothpaste after your teeth whitening procedure.
Unsupervised and over usage of at-home teeth whitening kits or DIY teeth whitening can lead to permanent teeth sensitivity as it can damage the enamel. In addition, improperly placed trays can lead to the whitening gel coming in contact with oral soft tissues, which can lead to burns.
Therefore, it is recommended that you always consult a dentist before opting for a teeth whitening procedure.