When a patient presents for teeth whitening, they may have questions about some of the differences between home whitening kits and professional interventions. They’ve come to you for your input on how to give them back their award winning smiles!
Why Choose Professional In-Office Teeth Bleaching Over At-Home Methods
Professional teeth whitening from a professional contains a higher dose of bleaching agents than their over-the-counter counterparts. Since the professionally applied teeth bleaching gels are stronger, their application leaves the teeth drastically whiter. A professional would complete this procedure in about an hour.
The American Dental Association recommends getting a dental examination to check oral health of people who plan to undergo teeth bleaching. This dental examination also helps determine which procedure to be used for getting rid of the staining.
Another reason why one should go for professional in-office teeth bleaching is that many times, there is an underlying disease or dental problem that causes the staining and that might require dental therapy.
Often, one has misconceptions regarding dental bleaching and it becomes necessary to know the opinion of different dentists.
Some Popular Professional Whitening Brands
Philip Zoom! ®: The most well-known teeth whitening brand, Philips Zoom! has a 25% concentration of peroxide. As the chair side whitening uses a proprietary blue light, it triggers the whitening process.
BriteSmile®: Particularly used for in-office procedures, this teeth whitening method has been in use for the past decade or so. This method also works on a combination of a blue light along with the whitening gel to help get amazing results.
KöR® Whitening Deep Bleaching™: It is a combination of at-home and in-office teeth whitening methods. The most unique feature about this treatment is that it can treat both intrinsic and extrinsic stains and in this process, the patient’s teeth can lighten by up to 16 shades.
LUMIBRITE by DenMat®: This treatment is for those who want to see dramatic transformations with the minimal amount of sensitivity. No harmful UV rays are used. Another thing to note is that the whitening gel has a strong concentration of bleaching agents. Hence, the whitening light isn’t a strict requirement.
Opalescence®: Using a 40% concentration of peroxide, this in-office treatment is an effective teeth whitening method. The added fluoride helps strengthen the enamel and this prevents the tooth from decay.
Professional in-house Teeth Bleaching
When carried out by a professional, teeth whitening can make the teeth look up to 8 times lighter after a whitening session that lasts approximately for an hour. A bleaching gel is directly applied on the teeth which is activated by heat or/and light. This is done to treat the stained molecules by breaking their bonds. The most expensive teeth whitening procedure, it is also the most efficient.
Laser Whitening cannot be done without your professional guidance. A procedure even more effective than Laser Whitening is that of KoR Whitening. Here, not only are the teeth whitened but their ability to absorb oxygen is restored. The custom made whitening tray is to be worn at night, which is very convenient for the user.
Whitening trays are also in extensive use these days. Here, the mouth-guard is custom made according to every user. This procedure is similar to the at-home version of whitening trays. As a dentist, you create custom-made mouth guards and those in turn decreases the chances of irritation and therefore, give a much better result.
Author’s Bio: Sukhmani Singh is a dental digital marketing expert and has written this article on behalf of Algodones Dental Center.