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Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening by Professional Dentists

Commonly known as vital bleaching, tooth whitening is a noninvasive method of lightening dark or discolored teeth.

Teeth Whitening

Indications for procedure:
Extrinsic stains from foods, cigarette smoking, coffee, or tea.

Aged teeth.
Intrinsic stains, such as mild tetracycline stains and mild fluorosis.

Types of tooth whitening at CR Dental Care:


Over the counter: These are like sticky strips Crest Whites trips that can be bought over the counter to whiten teeth.

Bleaching Trays: With these your cosmetic dentist takes a mold of your teeth and makes bleaching trays to fit them, almost like mouth guards. Then you buy the whitening gel to put into them and wear them at your convenience.

In-office whitening: This procedure involves the carefully controlled use of a relatively high-concentration peroxide gel, applied to the teeth by the cosmetic dentist or trained technician after the gums have been protected with a paint-on rubber dam.

Dental bleaching, also known as tooth whitening, is a common procedure in general dentistry. According to the FDA, whitening restores natural tooth color and bleaching whitens beyond the natural color. There are many methods available, such as brushing, bleaching strips, bleaching pen, bleaching gel, and laser bleaching.

Bleaching methods use carbamide peroxide which reacts with water to form hydrogen peroxide. Carbamide peroxide has about a third of the strength of hydrogen peroxide. This means that a 15% solution of carbamide peroxide is the rough equivalent of a 5% solution of hydrogen peroxide. The peroxide oxidizing agent penetrates the porosities in the rod-like crystal structure of enamel and breaks down stain deposits in the dentin. Power bleaching uses light to accelerate the process of bleaching in a dental office. Another bleaching agent is 6-phthalimido peroxy hexanoic acid (PAP).

Tooth bleaching is not a modern invention. Ancient Romans, for example, used urine and goat milk in an attempt to make and keep their teeth whiter.

Light-accelerated bleaching

Power or light-accelerated bleaching, sometimes colloquially referred to as laser bleaching (a common misconception since lasers are an older technology that was used before current technologies were developed), uses light energy to accelerate the process of bleaching in a dental office. Different types of energy can be used in this procedure, with the most common being halogen, LED, or plasma arc. Clinical trials have demonstrated that among these three options, halogen light is the best source for producing optimal treatment results.The ideal source of energy should be high energy to excite the peroxide molecules without overheating the pulp of the tooth. Lights are typically within the blue light spectrum as this has been found to contain the most effective wavelengths for initiating the hydrogen peroxide reaction. A power bleaching treatment typically involves isolation of soft tissue with a resin-based, light-curable barrier, application of a professional dental-grade hydrogen peroxide whitening gel (25-38% hydrogen peroxide), and exposure to the light source for 6–15 minutes. Recent technical advances have minimized heat and ultraviolet emissions, allowing for a shorter patient preparation procedure. Most power teeth whitening treatments can be done in approximately 30 minutes to one hour, in a single visit to a dental physician.

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