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TOOTH WHITENING HAS BECOME VERY POPULAR over the past few years. There are many different whitening processes available on the market, all claiming to make teeth from 6 to 9 shades whiter. No matter what method there is, the term “whitening” is simply any process that makes the teeth appear whiter.
If you are considering getting your teeth whitened it is recommended that you consult with Dr. Fenderson. For some patients the tooth whitening process can be very effective while others may not get the desired results.
One of the reasons for this is because of previous dental procedures. For instance, if you have had bonding, veneers or tooth-color fillings in your front teeth there are potential problems. For others, depending on genetics or other factors, whitening results vary. Our office can advise you about which procedures will give you the best results. The use of bleaching trays is a common tooth-whitening procedure done in dental offices.
When you arrive at Dr. Fenderson’s office, we will make you a custom-fitted mouth tray that will help in applying the bleaching agent evenly. You wear the mouth tray for a designated amount of time and the bleaching agent surrounds your teeth and begins to work. Some products are used twice a day for a period of one to two weeks.
The bleaching agents contain carbamide peroxides, which vary in concentrations. The most common strengths available are 10, 16, and 22 percent. They usually come in gel form and this consistency seems to work the best. The products that contain carbamide peroxide actually bleach the tooth enamel. When professionally applied, hydrogen peroxide concentrations range from 10 to 35 percent and are sometimes used in conjunction with a light or laser. This accelerates the whitening process.
Depending on your smile needs, Dr. Fenderson has options for your whitening needs and wants. Visit our office today and see how a whiter smile can boost your confidence!