Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental service that The Norterra Dentist provides in-office or through a take-home kit. Results vary, but most patients see significant lightening that lasts up to a year.
Want to feel more confident?
Our teeth whitening patients affirm that a whiter smile increases 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 arise 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 stronger 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 economical and can whiten teeth with continued, regular use. The extent of whitening varies, and it takes dedicated, regular 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 men and women with sensitive teeth and gums that can react to products containing harsher whitening chemicals. The Norterra Dentist guides pregnant or nursing mothers to elect non-bleach whitening products.
Bleaching is more powerful
The term “bleaching” is used to mean 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 ordinarily 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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