Types of tooth whitening

Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic procedure that aims to improve the appearance of teeth by making them look whiter and brighter. Did you know that there are several methods of teeth whitening and that each one has its own advantages? In this article we are going to explain the most common types of teeth whitening, the new trends, their benefits and give you tips on how to maintain the results.

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a very popular treatment aimed at counteracting discoloration or staining of the teeth. These can be caused by a variety of factors, such as the consumption of certain foods and beverages (such as coffee, tea and red wine), smoking, aging, medication and other genetic or environmental factors.

How is teeth whitening performed?

Tooth whitening generally involves the use of bleaching agents, such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. These agents act on stains on the surface of the teeth (extrinsic) and can also penetrate the tooth enamel to treat deeper stains (intrinsic). When these whitening agents are applied, a chemical reaction occurs that breaks down the compounds that cause discoloration, resulting in visibly lighter teeth.

What are the types of teeth whitening?

In a dental clinic, patients have access to various types of teeth whitening treatments, each with its own specific characteristics and benefits. These methods are supervised by dental professionals, which guarantees their effectiveness and safety. Below we will introduce you to the types of teeth whitening that can be performed in a dental clinic, including the latest advances:

Light or laser whitening

Light or laser whitening is one of the most advanced and fastest methods available today. It consists of the application of a whitening gel on the teeth, followed by exposure to a special light or laser. This light activates the whitening agent, accelerating and enhancing the whitening process. The results are fast and can be noticed even after a single session.

2. Whitening with customized trays

This method involves the creation of customized whitening trays that fit the patient's teeth perfectly. The dentist provides these trays along with a whitening gel that the patient applies to the trays and wears for a specified period of time at home. This treatment is less intensive than light or laser whitening, but offers noticeable results over time.

3. Internal whitening (for non-vital teeth)

Specially designed for teeth that have been endodontically treated, root canal treatment, internal bleaching treats discoloration from inside the tooth. The dentist applies a bleaching agent inside the tooth and temporarily seals it. After several days, the sealant and agent are removed, revealing a whiter tooth.

4. High concentration bleaching

Highly concentrated whitening gels are used in this procedure, which are more potent than those used in at-home whitening kits. Because of the potency of these gels, the procedure is carefully monitored in the clinic to prevent any damage to the enamel or gums.

5. Teeth whitening with LED lights

Teeth whitening with LED lights is a modern cosmetic procedure used to whiten teeth. It involves the combination of a whitening gel, usually peroxide-based, and an LED light to accelerate and enhance the whitening process. This method is popular both in dental clinics and in home whitening kits due to its effectiveness and speed. Want to know how it works?

What is teeth whitening with LED lights?

  • PreparationThe dentist begins by cleaning the teeth to remove any plaque or debris. This ensures that the whitening gel is applied evenly.
  • Gum protection: A protective barrier is applied around the gums to protect them from the bleaching gel, which can be irritating.
  • Application of whitening gel: The whitening gel, which contains peroxides (such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide), is carefully applied to the teeth.
  • LED light activation: An LED light is used to activate the whitening gel. The light accelerates the chemical reaction of the peroxide, resulting in faster and more effective whitening of the teeth. The LED light itself does not whiten the teeth; its function is to activate the whitening gel.
  • Exposure time: The teeth are exposed to the LED light for a specific period of time, usually between 15 and 30 minutes. This time may vary depending on the specific product used and the dentist's recommendations.
  • Rinsing and evaluation: Once the treatment is completed, the gel is rinsed from the teeth and the results are evaluated. In some cases, additional sessions may be necessary to achieve the desired level of whitening.

Care after tooth whitening

Regardless of the method chosen, it is important to follow certain practices to maintain results:

  • Maintain rigorous dental hygiene.
  • Avoid foods and beverages that stain teeth, such as coffee, red wine and tea.
  • Stop smoking, as tobacco can yellow teeth.
  • Visit the dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups.

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