Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental service that Alaska Premier Dental Group provides in-office or through a take-home kit. Results vary, but most patients observe significant lightening that lasts up to a year.
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Our teeth whitening patients affirm that a whiter smile elevates self-confidence and can take years of wear and discoloration away to reveal a brighter smile.
Whitening vs bleaching
Teeth whitening and teeth bleaching, however, refer to two different things. Surface cracks and stains develop on tooth enamel, exposing the yellower dentin below the surface. Discoloration can be the result of the natural aging process, illness, genetics, or dark-colored food or drink. Foods and beverages that are both dark-colored and acidic— like wine, coffee, and tomato sauce—have even greater staining power.
What is a teeth whitening product?
Teeth whitener can refer to any product used to remove stains from tooth enamel: toothpaste, DIY strips, and some mouthwashes are safe and cost-effective and can beautify teeth with continued, regular use. The extent of whitening varies, and it takes dedicated, scheduled use to see results.
Whitening products that do not contain bleach can usually make teeth two to four shades lighter. These are a good choice for people with sensitive teeth and gums that can react to products containing harsher whitening chemicals. Alaska Premier Dental Group counsels pregnant or nursing mothers to choose non-bleach whitening products.
Bleaching is more powerful
The term “bleaching” is used to describe a tooth whitening product that contains a form of bleach, either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, in varying concentrations. For best results, teeth bleaching should be performed in-office by your dentist. Bleaching can typically achieve more noticeable results, sometimes up to seven shades lighter. Intrinsic stains on the dentin, as well as surface stains, can be capably lightened under an experienced dentist’s supervision.
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