In-office Tooth Whitening
Professional in-office tooth whitening ensures that a proper checkup is done prior to treatment and that precautions such as damming gumline is done before application of whitening gel. In-office tooth whitening takes just one hour for the tooth bleaching treatment to be completed.
The take-home tooth whitening or home bleaching kits come in the form of a gel that is applied through an individualized customized mouthguard made at our dental laboratories. The use of the home bleaching tooth whitening kit varies from overnight application to twice-a-day insertions.
Types of Tooth Whitening Promotions
Benefits of In-office Tooth Whitening
- in-office tooth whitening is fast compared to home bleaching kits completed in just over an hour
- there is no need to wear the trays over night that might feel uncomfortable
- done by dental professional whereby initial checkup is done with monitorning during and post tooth whitening treatment
Considerations to Tooth Whitening
We do not recommend tooth bleaching for smokers or alcohol users. Smoking should be stopped before teeth are bleached. Smoking can cause tissue damage on teeth and may defeat the effect of tooth whitening. The best candidates for tooth bleaching are those with stains caused by coffee, tobacco or aging.
Contraindications of Tooth Whitening
|Extensive composite and porcelain restorations||If there are pre-existing cosmetic restoration (bonding, crowns, bridges, veneers, inlays, onlays, fillings), these will not be bleached and may need to be replaced in match the colors to your newly whitened color shade.|
|Pre-existing sensitivity||2/3 of these people will experience some sensitivity for 1-4 days. This however is usually reversible upon termination of bleaching.|
|Severe gray/blue banded tetracycline staining||Guarded prognosis required. Stains in the gray family (such as from tetracycline) can be harder to remove, if not impossible. These stains can take up to six months or longer to whiten. Whitening may only reduce amounts of 'masking'.|
|Discoloration in gingival third or exposed yellow||Guarded prognosis for whitening required.|
|Pregnant or lactating||No know adverse effects but avoid use as a precautionary measure.|
|Translucent teeth||May appear darker after bleaching.|
|Amalgam restoration in front teeth||Amalgams may need to be replaced to avoid 'greening effect'.|
|Temporomandibular Joint Disorders||May want to consider bleaching one arch and monitor comfort before proceeding with the other|
|Noncompliance or unrealistic expectation||The degree of whiteness is different from one individual to another, results on the degree of shade change is dependent on each individual's reaction to the whitening agent. Certain people react well while others may not be as responsive.|