In-Practice Teeth Whitening
In-practice teeth whitening takes the shortest time compared to take-home whitening. The whitening treatment involves applying a jelly sustain (whitening strips) on your gum and lips that contains a layer of hydrogen peroxide that the dental team then applies to the teeth. The dentist activates the gel with a special LED light to begin the process of whitening. This is the most preferred method if you need instant results.
Take-Home Teeth Whitening
With the take-home teeth whitening method, you use a whitening kit that contains a custom-made tray, syringes of whitening gel, and instructions to follow. You apply a drop of the gel between two teeth. This method is more advantageous, resulting in lower sensitivity after whitening since it takes some days to complete the process.
Effects of Teeth Whitening
The teeth whitening process has some side effects, such as increased teeth sensitivity and gum irritation. Teeth sensitivity occurs since the whitening procedure leads to the opening of dentinal tubules. When you make contact with hot, cold, and sweet substances, the sensitivity will increase.
Once you have performed the teeth whitening, you should avoid substances such as red wine and coffee that can easily stain your teeth.