The individual tooth color of each person is unique and is mainly influenced by dentin, the tooth enamel. Changes in this natural hue, known as tooth discoloration, are usually harmless. Depending on the thickness of the tooth enamel, teeth may appear more or less yellowish as the underlying dentin is typically darker. Teeth whitening, a common method for tooth whitening, is typically performed in the dental office
Here is a brief description of how the process typically unfolds:
IYour dentist begins with a thorough examination of your teeth to ensure that you are a suitable candidate for teeth whitening. This also involves assessing the initial color of your teeth.
Tooth Whitening Gel
An illuminating gel, typically containing hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, is applied to your teeth. This gel assists in breaking down discolorations and facilitating tooth whitening.
Activation by Light
In some cases, your dentist may use a special light source to intensify the effect of the whitening gel. The light activates the gel and speeds up the whitening process.
The bleaching can be performed in multiple sessions to achieve the desired results. Your dentist will inform you about how many sessions are necessary to reach your desired level of whiteness.
Conclusion and Recommendations
After completing the bleaching procedure, your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned to remove the gel. Your dentist will also provide you with recommendations for dental care and protecting against future discoloration.
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