Putting on your best smile can sometimes be a bit difficult when you have yellow or dull looking teeth, this is where teeth whitening services come in.
Teeth whitening is a simple process of using one of two chemicals, carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide, these chemicals will remove surface stains caused by tea, coffee, wine or tobacco, either returning your teeth to their natural colour or whitening them beyond the natural shade.
Before your treatment can begin, your dentist will do an examination of your teeth, sometimes even using x-rays to determine whether whitening is possible without any dental surgery. The dentist will also ask for your medical history to make sure you have no allergies that could be caused by the chemicals used.
The dentist will then use a whitening shade guide to determine how effective the whitening procedure will be. The effects of the whitening can last up to 6 or 7 months, this can vary depending on the lifestyle of the patient.
The dentist will use a light-cured protected layer that will be painted on the gums and papilla, this reduces the chances of getting chemical burns to the soft tissues. When the carbamide peroxide agent is used it breaks down to become hydrogen peroxide inside the mouth, alternatively the dentist will use hydrogen peroxide itself. The gel generally consists between 10% to 44% carbamide peroxide or a concentration of 3% to 16% hydrogen peroxide.
Power or light-accelerated bleaching makes use of light energy to speed up the bleaching process in dental clinic. There are different types of light that can be used in this process, however the most common are halogen, LED or plasma arc. Using light can cause tooth sensitivity and there is a possibility that it will not be as effective, it would be good to consult the dental practitioner as they would advise you on the right course of action.
With recent additions to the light-accelerated bleaching field, one stands out, Nanoparticle Catalysts, these use a much lower concentration of hydrogen peroxide, this means there is a much lower risk of developing tooth hypersensitivity.
When exposed to the light the nanoparticles act as photocatalysts, given their size will prevent them from diffusing deeply into the tooth. They break down and localise the hydrogen peroxide into highly reactive radicals. This is a highly effective tooth whitening method that requires less hydrogen peroxide.
This is just some of the information that you will get when visiting Candlewood Dental Centre. If you are living in Perth or Joondalup and you are looking for teeth whitening treatments, then do pay us a visit. Our friendly staff and highly qualified professionals, they will help you to decide on the right course of action.
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