Teeth stains are inevitable due to our consumption of a variety of foods and drinks (coffee, soda, spicy food, etc.). However, advanced teeth whitening technology has enabled dentists to whiten teeth without adversely affecting the tooth structure.
Almost all whitening methods are similar in concept, but some are much more effective because of the way the whitening material is delivered to the teeth. Another contributing factor is the concentration of the material, which is why less potent over-the-counter whitening systems usually don’t give patients the results they are hoping for.
How does it work?
The two main methods of professional whitening are tray whitening and in-office whitening. In tray whitening, an impression is taken and a custom tray is made for the patient. Then, a supply of whitening gel is given to the patient and he/she wears the tray for a few hours each day or at night-time (techniques differ) for a period of 2-4 weeks until an acceptable result is achieved. This procedure is being used for almost 20 years and is recognised, abroad as well, as the most efficient. With a bit of self-discipline and weekly visits to our practice, it is very simple for the patient.
The other way is in-office whitening, where higher concentration gels are used. Sensitivity of the teeth is a normal side-effect of this whitening method and is almost always transitional. It also demands a bit longer visits to the practice.
Custom trays can be stored after the procedure is finished, and can be used again after a few years to maintain the whiteness of the teeth. We recommend our patients to avoid smoking and drinks that contain pigments (tea, coffee, red wine, fruit juices etc.).
Your teeth will look brighter and healthier, and your smile will be nice and confident. It’s a simple procedure regularly used in modern dentistry and makes a lot of our patients very pleased.