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How to use home teeth whitening kit?
Dentist molds the patient’s dental arch.
A silicone tray is made from the model obtained.
Then, you get this tray with a tube kit, containing hydrogen peroxide or carbamide.
The patient is advised to put some of the gel in the tray and use it for a few hours –
Use it at night.
The product should be used in a small amount. Otherwise, the patient may suffer from sensitive teeth.
It is necessary to monitor the professional to check if the treatment is providing the expected results.
The types of teeth whitening
Homemade tooth whitening: The homemade tooth whitening technique, performed outside the dental office and monitored by the dentist, is the most common and safe. Besides, it is also the one that brings better lighting results. It is suitable for all types of whitening needs. Its contraindication, however, is individuals with gingival diseases and extensive gingival retractions – the only disadvantages of this technique. It is always the first choice when aesthetic urgency does not count for much in the treatment.
In-office tooth whitening (conventional): The most common technique among those applied by the dentist in the dental office does not use light sources (LED, LASER, or halogen sources). And unlike home tooth whitening, whose treatment lasts between 7 to 21 days, the outpatient technique can deliver excellent results even in a single consultation – of 4 maximum possible sessions. But it has disadvantages: it is less secure to the teeth and can still leave the area close to the yellowed gums. It is indicated for aesthetic emergencies or individuals with extensive gingival retractions.
Laser tooth whitening: The most glamorous – and rare – a technique for tooth whitening can frustrate many individuals for the results. It is that, according to dental research, the effects of laser tooth whitening are similar to conventional techniques – and even inferior to the homemade technique, with trays. The indications follow the same for the other techniques applied in the office. The highest risks for pulp inflammation, however, must be taken into account when selecting the best technique.
Essential Tips for start teeth whitening treatment
Prevention and removal of stains and tartar are essential and need to be performed at least 48 hours before starting tooth whitening.
Previous desensitization can decrease or even eliminate the appearance of pain and sensitive teeth during the procedure.
Techniques applied in the office, by the dentist, should be restricted to aesthetic emergencies and individuals with extensive gingival retractions.
Homemade tooth whitening brings whitening results superior to ambulatory techniques.
The combined use of homemade and professional technologies delivers excellent results compared to any method, in isolated use.
Avoid foods based on artificial colors, wines and grape juices, teas, tobacco, and green vegetables during and up to 7 days after the bleaching procedure, regardless of the technique.
Despite the higher risks, the whitening treatment performed in the office, irrespective of the method, results in a smaller number of individuals with sensitive teeth or spontaneous pain.
Dental polishing after tooth whitening makes the accumulation of stains difficult and reduces the speed of the yellowing of teeth.