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With in-home bleaching the dentist makes an empression for a model of the teeth,
fabricates a custom-fitted tray and prescribes a bleaching agent that comes in
the form of a bleaching gel. The gel is placed in the custom-fitted tray and worn
up to two hours daily or at night for about two weeks. The amount of time the custom-fitted
tray is worn and the duration may vary according to a person's individual need and the
recommencations of the dentist. The dentist will monitor the entire process
of in-home bleaching to assure its effectiveness and safety.
Over the counter products that are self-administered are not recommended, although they may appear to cost less. Bleaching treatment should be done under the supervision of a dentist following a proper exam and diagnosis. Whiteners with the ADA Seal of Acceptance have proven to be safe and effective.
Why are teeth discolored?
While people have different colors of skin and hair, they also have genetic differences in tooth color. Some teeth are more yellow, while others yellow with aging. Natural tooth color can be discolored by a number of causes. The surface of the teeth can be stained by tobacco, coffee, tea, berries and other foods as well as by deposits of calculus (which is better known as tartar). Discoloration of the tooth internally can also result from aging, injuries, excessive fluoride, certain illnesses and taking antibiotic tetracycline during early childhood. Although bleaching successfully lightens most discolorations, certain types (like those caused by tetracycline) are more difficult to remove.
Longevity, precautions and care
Most bleaching procedures last one to three years, although in some situations it may last longer.
Some people with certain dental conditions, may not be good candidates for this type of bleaching. People with gum recession, for example, may have exposed root surfaces that are highly sensitive and could be further irritated by the ingredients in the whiteners or bleaching components. In addition, these products are not recommended for habitual tobacco and alcohol users.
Brushing and flossing, twice daily, as well as regular professional cleanings, along with occasional touch-up treatments will help keep teeth white. An attractive smile increases self-confidence.
How long does bleaching last?
Usually between one and three years. However, it is important to:
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