What are the different types of teeth whitening?

We talk about teeth whitening as an individual treatment - which it is but as you can imagine there are several different ways of doing so.

In the main there are 2 types of approach:

  1. In-surgery treatment
  2. A home whitening kit

There are advantages and disadvantages of both.

In-surgery treatment involves the use of a bleaching agent and a laser or light to activate and speed up the whitening process.

Note: not every treatment involves the use of a laser. Some dentists report that the process happens naturally without the need for light assisted activation.

The other option is that of a home whitening kit. These contain a bleaching agent, whitening gel and custom made trays (taken from an impression of your teeth). The bleach in these kits tends to be less concentrated than the bleach used at a dental clinic.

If your teeth are only moderately stained then whitening toothpaste may be all that you need.

To learn more visit the following sections:

  • In-house whitening
  • Home kit tooth whitening
  • Enlighten teeth whitening
  • BriteSmile teeth whitening
  • Zoom tooth whitening
  • Tooth whitening toothpastes

Note: if you have a dental implant then be aware that the replacement tooth (or restoration) will not change colour as a result of the whitening process. The reason for this is that tooth whitening only changes the colour of a natural tooth as it directly affects the enamel and dentine.

If you have an implant then consider having a lighter coloured tooth fitted as part of your treatment.

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