Tooth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental procedure to lighten the color of your teeth and removing stains or discoloration. Tooth whitening typically involves the use of either a hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide gel, which is applied to the teeth. The gel works by breaking down stains and discoloration molecules on the tooth surface, leading to a lighter shade. Sometimes the whitening agent is activated using a special light or heat source.
It is important to note that tooth whitening is most effective on surface stains caused by factors such as food, beverages (coffee, tea, wine), tobacco use, and normal aging. It may not be as effective on intrinsic stains that occur from internal factors, such as certain medications or tooth trauma.
It is important that the candidate has good oral health and does not have any untreated dental conditions, such as cavities or gum disease. Prior dental work, such as dental crowns or veneers, may not be affected by tooth whitening treatments, so it is important to consider any existing dental restorations when evaluating candidacy. At Chiu Dental, we have two different options for whitening your teeth: an in-office treatment performed by the dentist, or a take-home kit with custom fitted bleaching trays. In-office treatments generally provide faster and more noticeable results, while take-home kits (and over-the-counter products you can buy at the drug store) offer a more gradual improvement over time. Book a consult with us to see which option is most suited for your needs!