Teeth Bleaching Methods
Professional bleaching, contrary to rumors, does not affect dental health. It penetrates enamel only for a few tens of microns deep, removing from it the elements that give the yellowish color, remineralizing it after in the new color.
It is a non-invasive alternative to dental veneers when patients only want to change the color of their teeth and not their shape.
The main advantage of whitening in front of the faceting process is that the teeth are not affected in any way and its effects are completely reversible. The disadvantage is that the bleaching solution cannot whiten the teeth as much as the veneers could.
Dental bleaching can be done in two ways: in the dentist's office by the dentist or at home by the patient.
The first method is done in a single session by applying a concentrated gel on the vestibular surface of the teeth and leaving it for 40 minutes (in two 20-minute rounds) while the Zoom / Beyond / Advanced Whitening type UV lamp activates it. We can also use Opalescence Xtra Boost, a substance that does not need a UV lamp (ultraviolet) to potentiate the effect.
The second method, done at home by the patient, uses two dental guides (upper and lower) in which a less concentrated whitening solution is applied and worn over the teeth between 4-6 hours (or even overnight) each day for at least 5 days. It can be done for an even longer period of time (over several weeks or months - with pauses) and you can purchase additional syringes if you want to bring the color of your teeth as close as possible to white.
The advantage of the first method is that it is done in a single session and for the best results we recommend the UV lamp method.
For the home whitening method, you need two visits to the office: in the first you will get dental impressions and in the second you will receive the guards with the bleach kit and the dentist will explain how to use them.