Dentist Supervised Teeth Whitening

Teeth are an important issue so when it comes to keeping them brilliant you have to decide if you want dentist supervised teeth whitening or take matters into your own hands. So what's the best method for whitening your teeth? Is it over the counter whitening products or dentist supervised teeth whitening?

Over the counter products may be effective for some people. The cost is generally a lot less than if you go to the dentist to get whitening done. The over the counter whitening kits generally are a peroxide type gel or a teeth whitening tray. The trays can be somewhat of a hassle because many of them require you to wear them 1-2 times every day for two to three weeks. For many people this is hard to do and if they don't do it consistently then the desired results do not happen. The instant gels can be helpful but it's quite easy to miss parts of your tooth to leave odd stains throughout. Hence a lot of people just turn to dentist supervised teeth whitening.

The most popular method dentist use is through laser treatment. The dentist will do a light cleaning on the patientís teeth and then use a peroxide solution to cover the teeth. The dentist then uses argon or a laser beam to bleach the teeth. Using the laser treatment is one of the most expensive teeth whitening methods. A slightly less expensive method is using the peroxide product on the teeth without the laser. This method is effective but may take a few treatments to receive the desired results.

The teeth whitening procedures provided by professional dentist usually employ hydrogen peroxide, which is applied at the dental office or at home. In general the whitening systems that are used in dental offices have higher concentration of peroxide gel, which varies between 15% and 30% and is determined by the dentist for each particular patient. Because of the higher concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel, the patient undergoing teeth whitening procedure needs protection for its gums, which is applied by the dentist (the gum protection can be a protection gel or rubber shield). After your gums are protected, the dentist applies the whitening paste on your teeth and then cleans the teeth after several minutes. Depending on the patient teeth, this procedure can be applied multiple times during a single visit.

Sometimes the dentist will recommend a follow-up at home teeth whitening procedure, to improve the results of the in-office whitening. This procedure uses peroxide gel with lower concentration between 10% and 20%, which is applied to a custom-fitted mouth tray prepared for each patient. The patient has to wear the mouth tray with the whitening gel for a few hours a day (the dentist determines for how long exactly to wear the tray).

The advantages of performing dentist supervised whitening is that, the dentist can determine what type of treatment the patient needs (in-office or at-home), the concentration of peroxide in the whitening gel and also that the in-office tooth bleaching is supervised by professional. The disadvantage of the in-office whitening is that cost considerably more compared to over-the-counter whitening kits.

If you're tight in the budget and just want to get little results then go to the drug store and pick out the best product for you. If you can afford it and want quicker and more convenient results than consult your local dentist. It may be a little more costly but if it's results you want than I would recommend going to a professional. Dentist supervised teeth whitening is the safest and most complete way to make sure that you get your smile exactly the way that you want it. If you have the means to go through with something like this then it is definitely worth it.

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