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Wilkes Barre Family Dentist Dr. James C. DeFinnis

A Look at Ways to Whiten Discolored Teeth

If you think that your teeth have already lost too much of their natural beauty, you should consider undergoing a teeth whitening treatment. While there are over-the-counter whitening products like gels and toothpastes available, it may be best to work with your favorite cosmetic dentist instead to achieve optimum results. Be reminded though that the results of teeth whitening depend on the strength of the bleaching agent used, not merely on the skill of the dentist and the type of equipment used.

In-office whitening, as it is generally called, is often cited to be the best out of all the teeth whitening options out there because it is thorough. It applies a bleaching agent directly on the teeth and may or may not incorporate heat, lasers, or a special light. A typical procedure lasts for about 30 to 60 minutes, although several visits are necessary for maximum results. To avoid the hassle of multiple visits, some dentists simply use mouthpiece trays filled with whitening gel that the patient can wear while at home and at work. While more convenient than the normal procedure, teeth whitening trays obviously take longer.

In-office whitening is highly recommended because it requires a dental examination, which can then identify existing tooth problems like tooth decay. A person with cavities is generally discouraged to undergo any tooth whitening procedure because the bleaching chemicals may penetrate the inner layers of the tooth, causing irritation and other problems.

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November 28, 2013 - Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Cleaning, General Dentistry, Sedation Dentistry | , , ,

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