If you’re dreaming of a whiter smile, you don’t have to wait any longer – you don’t even need to leave your house! Contact us at Bow Tie Dentist to schedule an appointment with Palm Harbor dentist Dr. Ramos.
Teeth whitening works by applying a whitening gel that contains hydrogen or carbamide peroxide to your teeth. These peroxides contain volatile oxygen molecules that react with the staining molecules in your teeth once they penetrate through the tooth’s layers to break up intrinsic stains. This enables your teeth to better reflect light, which creates a whiter “bleached” appearance.
Take-home whitening is an extremely convenient, safe, and effective way to whiten your teeth. You can do it whenever you like, right from home! This method of teeth whitening doesn’t require exposure to any UV light which makes it highly suitable for patients with sensitive teeth. You will first need to make an appointment so we can take impressions or digital scans of your teeth.
These impressions are sent to an outside dental lab that creates them. Tray fabrication may take a few weeks but once we receive them, we’ll call you back to pick them up and you can begin your treatment.
Take-home whitening works by applying the whitening gel to the inside of your trays and placing them over your teeth. You will receive written instructions on how to use your trays and the duration of treatment. Because the peroxide concentration is lower in take-home whitening gels, you will need to wear your trays each day for up to 2 weeks.
Teeth whitening is incredibly safe when administered by a dentist! The best part of seeking whitening treatment under the supervision of a dentist is that you can be sure that it won’t damage your soft tissue.
Most drugstore whitening trays are not ADA-approved and can be used incorrectly which can cause soft tissue damage. Whitening trays are specifically tailored to your mouth so that the peroxide does not come into contact with your gums. As long as you follow the instructions, you are in good hands.
The best way to maintain your newly whitened teeth is to avoid tobacco products and staining foods and drinks. You should also practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing every day. The ADA recommends getting a cleaning every 6 months. This will remove a buildup of stains and plaque that contribute to the yellowing of the teeth.
Tooth sensitivity is a very common side effect of professional teeth whitening, but it is more common in response to in-office whitening and it does not mean that is damaging your teeth. In-office whitening uses a higher concentration of peroxide as well as UV light which causes your teeth to demineralize and increases the porosity of your teeth. This exposes dentinal tubules in your teeth that are connected to nerves responsible for sensation. Until the teeth are naturally remineralized within 48 hours, you may experience minor