Many foods and drinks can stain the enamel on teeth. Teeth whitening programs use a consumer safe gel to remove the stains. Teeth whitening can be done with personalized trays at home or in the office. At home whitening typically takes up to two weeks to show results. In office whitening uses a stronger gel and will have same day results.
Tooth whitening (termed tooth bleaching when utilizing bleach), is either the restoration of a natural tooth shade or whitening beyond the natural shade.
Tooth whitening or dental bleaching is one the fastest and easiest ways to improve your appearance and put more sparkle in your smile. With tooth bleaching, the color of the enamel is lightened, and the teeth look younger, healthier and brighter.
The procedure can be done in one of two different ways.
- The in-office procedure uses a laser bleaching light, and can be completed in the dental office in just one hour.
- The second method, called at-home bleaching, involves the fabrication of custom bleaching trays, and takes longer, but works just as well.
Here is an example of what teeth bleaching can do
Second bleaching example – with minor orthodontics
Please note: Not all cases show this much change. But, as you can see, the results can be very dramatic.
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