As our smiles become increasingly important in conveying our personality and level of success, more and more people are looking for ways to achieve a brighter, whiter smile. While many over-the-counter teeth whitening products are available, professional dental procedures are often the best way to achieve significant results. However, with so many options now available, it can be hard to know which is right for you.
Here is a brief overview of some of the most popular teeth whitening procedures to help you make an informed decision.
One of the simplest and most popular teeth whitening procedures is bleaching. This involves using a hydrogen peroxide solution to lighten the teeth. Bleaching is usually done in two stages: first, a dental professional will apply a gel or foam containing hydrogen peroxide to your teeth. They will then use a particular light or laser to activate the bleaching agent. The second bleaching stage is typically done at home, using a custom-made tray that fits over your teeth. This tray will hold a bleaching gel or solution against your teeth for a specific period, typically 30 minutes to one hour per day.
Another standard teeth whitening procedure is dental bonding. This involves using a putty-like material to bond tooth-colored composite resin to your natural teeth. Bonding can change the color or shape of your teeth and fill in gaps between them.
The material used for dental bonding is similar in color and texture to natural tooth enamel, which can be matched relatively closely to your existing tooth color. Bonding usually takes one or two dental visits and can last several years before it needs to be touched up or replaced.
Veneers may be the right choice if you want a more long-lasting solution. Veneers are thin porcelain shells bonded to the front surfaces of your natural teeth. They can change the shape, size, or color of your teeth and are often used by celebrities to achieve