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How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

Posted by Brett Dieterlen Apr 28, 2023

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Teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure done to make teeth whiter and brighter. It improves the color, shape, and overall smile appearance. Whitening agents can be used at home with custom-made trays or in-chair with a laser. 

Custom-made trays are used at home and worn for a certain amount each day. A gel is placed into the tray and is worn on the upper and lower teeth. Over-the-counter products are also an option but may not be as effective as the professional-grade products used in-office. Speaking with a dentist about the best products to use is essential. Some over-the-counter products can cause tooth sensitivity as well. 

In-office teeth whitening is done in the dentist’s office at Dieterlen Dental. This procedure is completed within one hour, depending on the desired shade change of the patient’s teeth. It is completed with a laser that activates the bleaching agent. The gums will be protected beforehand to ensure they are safe from chemical irritations. The patient can leave the office after their appointment with their newly whitened teeth. Depending on daily oral care habits, the results can last up to a year or longer. 

The Causes of Tooth Discolorations

After eating, the bacteria in your mouth metabolize the foods you eat and drink, producing acids as a byproduct. These acids can break down tooth enamel and cause discoloration of your teeth over time. Without proper dental care, such as brushing and flossing at least twice daily, you could eventually develop cavities or gum disease requiring restorative treatment. Addressing any changes in your oral health as soon as possible is essential to avoid further complications like tooth loss.

The Benefits of Teeth Whitening 

Discolored teeth can affect your self-esteem, making your smile less appealing. But tooth discoloration is treatable with professional teeth whitening. After just one treatment session, patients can enjoy the benefits of a whiter and more attractive smile. At-home kits can also be purchased for ongoing whitening and maintenance over time. Teeth whitening removes stains from the enamel to make teeth look whiter and healthier. It can also help improve the appearance of existing restorations, such as dental bonding and porcelain veneers, making them appear more natural in color than if the patient was left untreated. Tooth discoloration can make a smile look older or create an imbalance, so treating the problem can improve a person’s appearance and help them feel more confident in their smiles. 

When you whiten your teeth, you also have the chance to reassess your oral health and look for any issues affecting your smile. For example, if you notice that your gums are receding from your teeth or are inflamed and red, this may indicate that you are suffering from gum disease. 

A bright smile can make you feel more confident in personal and professional interactions. To learn more about teeth whitening, visit Dieterlen Dental at 3015 E. 91st Street, Tulsa, OK 74137, or call (918) 299-2400.

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