In Office Teeth Whitening
Many people associate a bright and white smile with youth, vigor, and vitality, so it is no wonder that more and more people nowadays are taking up teeth whitening.
While there are various options for teeth whitening in the market today, including doing it yourself in the comfort of your own home, we recommend that you leave your pearly whites in the very capable hands of Dr. Robin Khan, as achieving the desired result can be slightly tricky.
In office teeth whitening is a simple procedure, but it does require skill to avoid injury to the gingival tissue. Special equipment is used to prepare and finish the procedure. The procedure can take anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes to complete.
How it works
Before starting, we will make a record of the current shade of your teeth. Your teeth will then be polished with pumice, a grainy material used to remove any plaque on the surface.
Then your gums will be isolated with gauze to keep your teeth dry. Retractors will be used to keep your cheeks, lips, and tongue away from the whitening solution.
A liquid barrier will be placed along the gumline to further protect it from exposure to the solution. The teeth will be coated with a whitening solution on the front surface only.
The solution typically includes either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide as the bleaching agent.
A curing light is then placed to activate the peroxide. Once applied, the solution will be left on the teeth for 30 to 60 minutes and reapplied throughout.
When the optimum shade has been reached (or the maximum time has passed), the teeth will be rinsed. A fluoride application may be used to help ease any tooth sensitivity.
Things and foods to avoid
Upon completion, you are advised to avoid foods or beverages with a high level of pigment for at least 24 hours.
These include :
- Tomato Sauce
- Tomato Juice
- Yellow Mustard
- Black Grapes
- Red Wine
Smoking or tobacco of any sort should also be avoided.
In home custom trays are also an option. These take a day or two to fabricate and are used over a two-week period for 30 minutes per day.