Also known as bleaching, tooth whitening can improve the appearance of teeth that may be stained and discoloured
Over the past 20 years, professional tooth whitening has become one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures to produce a beautiful smile. While tooth whitening began as an in-office procedure to treat teeth that had become discoloured as a result of trauma to the tooth or from endodontic treatment, whitening treatments are now available over the counter. With more of a focus on a bright-white smile, the field of tooth whitening has dramatically changed. Also known as bleaching, tooth whitening can improve the appearance of teeth that may be stained and discoloured.
The markets for teeth whitening have grown considerably as of late, and over-the-counter teeth whitening applications are becoming more effective. While patients enjoy the ability to treat stained and discoloured teeth in the comfort of their own home, there is no comparison to the results delivered by professional teeth whitening treatments. While at-home treatments can whiten teeth by a couple shades, professional teeth whitening and bleaching can whiten teeth by up to 10 shades. Another additional benefit of a professional teeth whitening is that amazing results can be seen after 2-3 treatments. With at-home teeth whitening treatments, daily applications of strips or gels for prolonged periods of time may be necessary before noticeable results may appear.
The difference between professional teeth whitening and at home treatments lies in the potency of the whitening gel. Since teeth whitening gels can be very powerful, professional teeth whitening requires a trained professional to avoid inadvertently damaging the tissues and gums of the mouth.