Tooth whitening procedures are cosmetic dental procedures that have as their aim the whitening of already existing teeth. These are medical procedures, and should only be done by professional dentists or oral hygienists or cosmetic dentists. There are DIY take home kits as well, but you should always have a consultation session with a skilled medical professional before beginning home treatment.
The procedure is relatively straightforward. For our chairside tooth whitening, all you need to do is come in and relax. Our polish dentist will check your teeth and see that they are in good condition (this treatment should not be undertaken by people have bad oral hygiene, as teeth whitening procedures can exasperate certain dental problems, like carries and chipped, cracked teeth, and can even result in nerve damage). If the dentist or oral hygienist declares that you are good to go and can have this treatment, then the next step can be taken right than during the same session. This would be one where two little trays filled with a special sort of bleach, that are placed onto your teeth. You will have the little trays on your teeth for 2 times 45 minutes, with a little 15 minute break in between. During this time you will have your mouth open, and a special blue light will be shone into your mouth continuously. After this is done, you will have a clearer whiter smile!
The other option is to get take home trays. The procedure is the same, except with no light available. This means you will have to put the trays on your teeth for 45 minutes, once a day for a week, and you will have the same result as our chairside whitening.
No, sadly, tooth whitening procedures are not permanent, but they should remain at their newer, whiter shade for at least 6 months. Tihs of course depends on your lifestyle and dietary choices. Red fruits and red wine will stain your teeth. Also to be avoided is coffee and tea, as well as alcohol. Smoking will also stain your teeth.