What to Expect from a Teeth-Bleaching Procedure

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Many people find that a bright, white smile says a lot about them. Unfortunately, age, tobacco use as well as certain foods and dark beverages can stain your teeth or dull your smile. If you haven’t been satisfied with your results from using whitening toothpaste, strips or bleaching gel, you might want to consider an in-office tooth-bleaching procedure. The concentration of peroxide or other bleaching agents simply can’t compare to the strength and effectiveness of tooth bleaching.

The dentist will usually clean your teeth to remove any built up plaque or tartar, which might impede maximum results. Before the bleaching begins, your dentist might apply a protective gel or rubber dam to your gums. This helps protect sensitive gum tissue.

The dentist will then place the bleaching agent in a tray, which is held in your mouth for a set amount of time. How long you have to hold the tray in your mouth will depend on how stained your teeth are and the concentration required to meet your tooth-whitening goals. In some instances, the dentist might also use a laser light to help enhance the whitening process.

If you have questions about teeth-whitening products or if you would like to know more about our in-office tooth bleaching procedure, please feel free to call us at 203.245.5101 to schedule an appointment.