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Teeth Whitening for Beginners – How Teeth Whitening Works

Teeth whitening is a highly desirable service, and easily one of the most popular practices we offer, here, at Shine Dental Care. Of course, it is natural for you to long for your pristine, white smile, in order to get your self-confidence back, and start feeling on top of the world again. However, we’ve noticed that not a lot of people understand just how professional teeth whitening services work. So in the lines below, we will be detailing the process for you.


So first of all, what is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a completely safe practice usually done at your dentist’s office, in which they will use hydrogen peroxide substances to lighten the shade of your teeth by several degrees.

Hydrogen peroxide is used to destroy the molecules that have, in time, accumulated on top of your teeth, and are causing that yellowy, stained appearance.


What can you expect from professional teeth whitening?

By breaking down the dirty molecules on your teeth, professional whitening services can lighten up your smile by several shades, so you can expect to see a noticeable difference in the overall appearance of your smile. However, do not expect a shining white denture, as that would be likely unhealthy, and also pretty much impossible to achieve.


How does the teeth whitening process work, exactly?

First, you will need to visit your dentist, to make sure that you are eligible for a teeth whitening procedure (this depends on your overall oral health). If your dentist gives you the go-ahead, they will then decide which type of whitening is appropriate for you.


What are the types of teeth whitening available?

At-Home Teeth Whitening

Careful, this does not refer to the commercial whitening pastes, or gels you find in stores. These are of a very low bleaching concentration, due to safety regulations, and have little to no effect on your teeth.

For your at-home whitening kit, your dentist will need to fit your teeth with a special mould, to get a personalized whitening tray. They will then instruct you on how to apply a special whitening gel on your teeth, to be worn under the tray for certain periods of time. At-home teeth whitening can be highly successful when monitored by a trained professional, but make sure to follow your dentist’s instructions to the letter.


In-Clinic Teeth Whitening

When you come in for a teeth whitening procedure, the dentist will carefully install a mouth-opening device, to keep your mouth open, and your lips pulled back gently. They will then paint your teeth with a special whitening gel, and expose you to a special whitening lamp in multiple sets, with the dentist coming in to repaint the whitening gel over your teeth.

In-clinic teeth whitening can be highly effective.


Is there a risk?

Like any dental procedure, teeth whitening has some small risks attached to it. The most common side-effect is temporary tooth sensitivity, but this usually subsides within 48 hours. If it does not, you will need to contact your dental professional, but keep in mind that the risks are very low.

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