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Teeth Whitening Procedures That Whiten Teeth

Posted on 11/22/2021 by San Francisco Dental Arts
Teeth Whitening Procedures That Whiten TeethTeeth whitening is a common procedure that many people go through to improve the appearance of their teeth. This article will discuss some different procedures and what you should know before going in for the procedure.

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a process that uses peroxide to bleach your teeth. The bleaching solution can be either used as an overnight treatment or applied for one hour, depending on the intensity of color you want to achieve.This procedure is also referred to as "teeth bleaching."

How does it work? Teeth are composed of a hard protein called enamel and dentin, the more porous layer underneath. Teeth whitening works by oxidizing (disintegrating) organic stains that build up on teeth over time. This destroys these compounds to give you lighter, brighter-looking teeth.

Types of teeth whitening procedures

In-office bleaching is the more popular choice for those who want their results faster and stronger. This procedure requires about an hour's visit with your dentist, where you will sit back in a comfortable chair while they apply a bleaching solution to your teeth. The only drawback of in-office whitening is that the results last up to a year, and you must be willing to spend time at your dentist's office for treatment and follow-up visits. This procedure also requires more than one visit, which can get expensive if you pay out of pocket.

Laser teeth whitening is a newer method that is gaining in popularity. This procedure uses lasers to accelerate the whitening process, and it only takes one visit, but you may require more than one session depending on your desired results.

All of this information should be a great way to get you started on the path to becoming more familiar with teeth whitening and help you make an informed decision about which procedure is right for you. If there's anything we can do to answer any additional questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out! As always, referrals are much appreciated as well. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
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