Basic Teeth Whitening Procedures

One of the most sought-after cosmetic procedures in Australia is teeth whitening. This is a procedure that lightens teeth by getting rid of discolouration and stains. Teeth whitening solutions contain either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. The main distinction between whitening procedures is the amount of peroxide used, how fast the whitening occurs, and the duration of the results. The most common whitening procedures are home-based treatment and in-office treatment. Read on to know more.

Home-Based Treatment

Home-based treatments are do-it-yourself procedures that are less costly than professional solutions provided at the dentist's office. These solutions have lower concentrations of peroxide. This means that if you want a slight whitening effect, home-based teeth whitening is the most suitable option. The most common home whitening solutions are teeth whitening strips, custom-fitted whitening trays and LED whitening pens.

Teeth whitening strips and trays are popular among the youth in Australia. Teeth whitening strips are applied to the teeth several times a day. These whitening products only make your teeth a few shades whiter. Custom whitening trays are much more effective than whitening strips.

To get custom whitening trays, you need to present the dentist with an impression of your teeth. The dentist will use this impression to create a tray that is suited for you. Afterwards, the dentist will give you trays and a whitening gel. You'll need to apply the gel on the trays and insert them in your mouth. This method provides better results than whitening strips. The degree of whiteness you can achieve will depend on the frequency of the treatment.

LED teeth whitening pens are another option for home-based teeth whitening. The whitening pen has a brush that you use when applying the whitening gel across the teeth. After applying the gel, you'll have to insert a protective tray that guards your lips against contact with the peroxide gel. Finally, insert the LED whitening light to activate the whitening gel. This method is slightly more effective when compared to whitening strips and trays.

In-Office Whitening

In-office bleaching is one of the fastest and most expensive ways of whitening teeth. This treatment is performed at the dentist's office. The whitening gel is applied directly to your teeth. The dentist also uses a special light, laser, or heat to accelerate the process. You'll be able to experience changes after a few minutes of treatment. For dramatic results, you'll need to schedule several appointments.

In Conclusion

Teeth whitening involves bleaching your teeth to remove stains and discolouration and make them a few shades lighter. The method you choose will depend on how fast you want the results and the amount of money you're willing to pay. In order for the results to last long, you need to observe proper oral hygiene like brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day and avoiding cigarettes and staining foods or drinks.

For more information about teeth whitening, talk to your dentist.