The Different Types of Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening has of late become a standard procedure, with almost everyone looking for the perfect white smile. As a result, various types of whitening are now available. Here we'll look at some of the more popular treatments and the benefits of each.

In Office Teeth Whitening

This is a whitening service performed by a professional dentist. It is performed using lasers and specially designed lights. These, used together with a whitening gel are mostly applied to the front eight teeth and are a fast and relatively safe way of obtaining almost instant results. This type of whitening is an excellent starter to a more intensive home whitening program.

Over the Counter Teeth Whitening

This kind of whitening is the most popular of all, mainly because of its relative accessibility and the fact that it is cheap and affordable to many. It involves the use of whitening methods that are available from pharmacies and can be used safely without the supervision of a dentist.

These methods include whitening toothpaste, paint on whitening gels, whitening strips and whitening gel. It is, however, advisable to get professional advice if the user has a dental condition, and they can cause tooth sensitivity if not used properly.

When applying these home whitening methods, some factors should be considered. These include the type of whitening gel chosen and its side effects, the implications of using whitening strips and whitening gel trays on the general comfort, among others. These are the some of the reasons why it is important to get professional advice.

Use of Porcelain Veneers

This is an artificial method of whitening that does not directly involve the use of chemical treatment. This method involves the placement of a thin shell of porcelain over the stained tooth, for the purpose of concealing the stains and discolouration. The porcelain shells are custom made to maintain the natural look of the mouth and will serve to complement the smile, fill spaces, reshape the teeth and make minor dental adjustments.

The porcelain veneer method is, however, unresponsive to any future whitening treatment and, therefore, require frequent touch-up and maintenance. The white shade of the veneer should also match with the natural white of the teeth to ensure even coloured teeth appearance.