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Best Teeth Whitening Technique

The key to successfully whitening teeth is long-term safety. The safety element is being overlooked. Stronger and harsher chemicals are being used to whiten teeth without enough regard for the long-term health of the tooth enamel. Many dental professionals are also concerned about the amount of chemical swallowed by the patient.

The over-all health of the body must be considered when whitening teeth, particularly if there is exposure to the patient with chemicals going down the patient’s throat. The best teeth whitening method is a safe method that provides long-term results. View case studies showing before and after pictures of Teeth Whitening and Teeth Bleaching.

Best Teeth Bleaching Method     

In the dental office, we can make patients a custom tray that fits the teeth properly and holds the teeth-bleaching material against the tooth structure. This prevents excess material from seeping out of the trays so that it does not go down your throat. Since the custom tray holds the solution against the teeth for a long period of time, the whitening material can be less harsh and still provide much better long-term results.

Tooth whitening toothpastes (such as Gum Whitening Plus, Rembrandt or Arm and Hammer Advance White) are touching the tooth surface for just a minute or two. The tooth whitening toothpastes cannot be as effective as a tray, unless the chemical is very strong. A custom tray can hold a gentle whitening solution for 30 minutes or more and get far better results.

Best Teeth Whitening Combination

The best combination of teeth whitening techniques include in in-office procedure and a take-home system, for long-term results. In the dental office, high-strength teeth-whitening materials are placed on the enamel for approximately 45 minutes. None of the materials touch the gums or go down the patient’s throat. Then, the patient goes home with the custom trays and the whitening solutions for about a week.

The patient continues the tooth whitening method at home everyday and returns to the dental office with whiter teeth. At the next visit, we use an office-strength chemical (peroxide) to boost the process. The patient returns home again for another week of whitening. It may seem like a big effort, but the teeth get much whiter and stay whiter much longer. Some patients have had successful results for two to three years.

Teeth Bleaching and Tooth Sensitivity

Some patients have bought strips or solutions at drug stores and reported bad reactions. The teeth whitening solution burned their gums and the gums were painful for several days. Some patients were sensitive for weeks and were very unhappy. Other patients had the teeth bleaching material cause their teeth to be very sensitive and cannot even eat or drink normally. These patients become overly sensitive and are very disappointed that they did not use professional teeth whitening to avoid this problem.

Generally, the dental office technique avoids these types of problems because they have a variety of material at their disposal and can choose the best one for the needs of the patient. Dr. Zangooei examines the patient and looks for sensitive areas of the teeth that have recession or decay. It is important to choose the most appropriate teeth bleaching material for the patient and desensitize the teeth before teeth bleaching.

Tetracycline Stain and Teeth Whitening

Tetracycline stain is a permanent dark grayish or brownish stain that is inside the tooth. Tetracycline stained teeth are difficult to whiten, but we have seen successful results with a whitening process that is extended over a longer period of time. The teeth need to be exposed to a gentle whitening solution over a several weeks, even months, in order to get results that last. The teeth do not whiten as much as unstained teeth, but the tetracycline stain can be reduced.

For those patients who want even whiter teeth, non-invasive porcelain veneers are the best choice. The following patient had tetracycline-stained teeth and also peg lateral incisors. Pet Lateral incisors are permanently smaller shaped teeth that can be increased in size by adding a porcelain veneer crown. The results can last 10 to 15 years and then just make a new one. There is no damage to the permanent teeth.

Tetracycline Stain and Instant Braces

Instant braces refer to getting straight white teeth in just a couple of weeks using non- invasive porcelain veneers. The porcelain veneers are a custom made thin layer of porcelain that fits only your tooth or teeth. It is bonded over the tooth to hide the tetracycline stain and can make crooked teeth look straight and gaps between teeth disappear!

Tetracyline stain and non-invasive porcelain veneers develop a lively smile that can change you life. Each patient gets involved in the treatment and helps determine her smile design and the level of tooth whitening.

Tetracycline stained teeth combined with peg lateral incisors can be treated with porcelain veneers or porcelain veneer crowns to permanently change the shape of the peg laterals and permanently whiten her natural teeth.

Teeth Whitening and Porcelain Veneers

Non-invasive porcelain veneers are a chemical-free approach to permanently whiten teeth. While teeth whitening requires repeating periodically, non-Invasive or Invasive type porcelain veneers establish a white color that lasts far longer.

Porcelain veneers can last for over 20 years and maintain the white shade. Some patients repeat teeth bleaching often in order to maintain a white tooth color, but most do not want to keep bleaching their teeth for the rest of their lives.

Porcelain veneers that are non invasive can change a smile without grinding down her natural teeth. The shapes of the tetracycline stained teeth are improved and the color is whiter.

Teeth Whitening and Surface Stains

Some teeth have surface stains that can be removed mechanically. The technique of teeth whitening involves cleaning the surface from superficial or extrinsic stain manually. The teeth are scaled to remove hard substances that are stuck to the teeth and then polished with a mild abrasive to remove the surface stain.

Sometimes the stain comes off and the teeth look much whiter. If the basic color of the teeth is white, removing surface stains can accomplish a whiter smile with a mechanical tooth cleaning and tooth polishing and whitening technique.

Teeth Whitening Toothpastes

Some toothpaste’s have abrasives designed to remove surface stains. As the patient brushes their teeth with the teeth whitening toothpaste, the abrasives scrub or abrade the tooth surface to remove the stain. There is a problem with continued use of teeth whitening toothpastes with abrasives because abrasive particles that are designed to remove the stain can also damage and wear away tooth enamel.

Over a period of many years, the tooth surface can get scratched and actually attract surface stains more than ever before. Certain teeth whitening toothpastes also have chemicals to bleach the teeth or actually whiten the tooth as the abrasives grind away the stain.

Yellow Teeth and Teeth Bleaching

It’s a well-known fact that teeth get darker with age. The aging process involves the uptake of stain inside the teeth that is generally considered a mineralization process. The teeth take in minerals in the tooth enamel, which makes them appear yellow. The good news is that the more the teeth are mineralized, the more they are resistant to decay. Teeth Bleaching generally involves a peroxide-type of chemical that oxygenates on the tooth surface and removes stain that penetrated into the enamel.

The teeth whitening materials can be concentrated for a more powerful effect or weaker to reduce sensitivity. There is a big difference between the techniques of teeth whitening and a big difference on the strength of the peroxide chemicals. Only a dentist can tell which which solution will work best on you.

Teeth Bleaching in One Hour

Having worked with just about all of the “teeth whitening in an hour” systems, Dr. Zangooei has concluded the following: The hour-long teeth whitening process sounds very appealing because it requires no effort by the patient. The technique (Zoom II, BriteSmile, Lumin etc.) involves some sort of light-activated chemical. The patient is covered, the gums are covered, and the bleach is placed on the teeth with a light moved close to the patient’s face. The purpose of the light is to trigger a chemical reaction in order to make the teeth whiter. The results will usually make the teeth appear whiter, but this is partly because the teeth are dehydrated from the light and the bleach.

The patient thinks the results are great in the dental office, but much to their disappointment, the results can fade away after a couple of weeks and their teeth are yellow again. The light activated type of whitening systems only works well on some people because the exposure to the light is a very limited amount of time. To compensate for the limited amount of time, the strength of the teeth whitening materials are increased to such a level that sensitivity reactions can occur. It is better to be exposed to a safer strength of teeth whitening materials over a longer period of time, without a light and using the tray system under the supervision of your dentist.

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