Clinical Teeth Whitening
Reveal the beautiful teeth hidden beneath all those years of staining with a teeth whitening treatment. Tooth whiteners have increased in popularity during the past couple of decades, with consumers able to purchase whitening strips and whitening toothpastes over the counter. But, for the best whitening results, dentists use clinical whitening products.
All patients would like a bright white smile that they can flash without any self-consciousness. The various active ingredients in whitening agents help remove stains caused by dietary habits and other aspects of a patient’s lifestyle. The cosmetic dentists at Superior Cosmetic & Family Dentistry offer proven whitening systems that deliver whiter teeth in Bowie, MD.
What Is Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening is the process used to remove surface stains from a patient’s teeth. Dentists use various whitening gels that contain hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide to bleach teeth stains caused by food and beverages. A dentist will apply the whitening agent directly to a patient’s teeth using a plastic tray in most cases.
The whitening gel then sits on the teeth for an extended period, breaking up the tooth stains and uncovering the white enamel underneath. If a patient experiences severe staining, they may require multiple visits to the office. Once the dentist removes the whitening tray, the patient should not eat or drink for at least 30 minutes.
In mild cases, some patients can use take-home whitening kits and apply the whitening agent themselves. However, patients with sensitive teeth should undergo in-office whitening so they can receive a numbing agent. Increased tooth sensitivity is the main negative side effect of teeth whitening.
Who Can Teeth Whitening Help?
Teeth whitening can help most patients experiencing stains on the surface of their teeth. Unfortunately, the whitening effects will not remove internal tooth discoloration. However, it can help patients with tooth stains caused by:
- Coffee, tea, soda pop, and red wine
- Cigars, cigarettes, and other smoking products
- Soy sauce and balsamic vinaigrette
- Tomato-based sauces