Use of cutting-edge teeth whitening treatments
- It consists in applying bleaching gels, which are composed of carbamide or hydrogen peroxide, and release oxygen, producing a whitening effect.
- For home teeth whitening treatment, the patient will use a single custom-made tray with a whitening gel. Dentist determines how many weeks and hours a day it must be used.
- In order to accelerate the process, it could be combined with clinical treatments in which the dentist, after isolating the gums, applies a concentrated bleaching gel on the tooth surface that is activated by light and heat.
Frequently Asked Questions
During the first visit, we will record the color of your teeth and take some pictures to check the degree of whitening we have achieved in the subsequent follow-up visits. If it is necessary, we will clean your teeth in order to remove plaque and external pigmentations from your teeth, which are caused by coffee, tobacco, tea… In this first visit we will also make models of your mouth to make custom-made mouth trays for your teeth.
After several days, we will provide you with the mouth trays and a teeth whitening kit with syringes for home whitening. In the event that your teeth are very stained, we could also perform a first more intense whitening session at the clinic with peroxide activated by LED light.
Although teeth whitening treatment is based on the use of peroxide, we can use the following teeth whitening methods.
Professional in-office teeth whitening: We use high concentrations of hydrogen peroxide, varying from 25 % to 30 % during 30 – 60 minutes. To accelerate the reaction with pigments, we can apply heat on the tooth or use LED light. This type of teeth whitening is indicated in the most complex cases of pigmentation, although it would be ideal to combine it with home treatment.
Home teeth whitening: We use lower concentrations of hydrogen peroxide. Peroxide is applied by the patient at home using syringes and clear mouth trays. These mouth trays must be placed inside the mouth for several hours a day (depending on the gel concentration) and results are normally noticed in some days.
Mixed teeth whitening: It is a combination of the two aforementioned methods.
At our clinic, we prefer the home or mixed teeth whitening treatments, as they lead to more effective and long-lasting results. Besides, if after a period of time you want to whiten your teeth again, you can use the mouth trays provided for home whitening again. You would only need to get some new syringes and, of course, this would cost considerably less than before since you wouldn´t have to pay for the mouth trays.
Sometimes your teeth can become somewhat sensitive. Therefore, we will provide you with whitening agents which contain additional desensitizing agents (Potassium nitrate…). If in addition to this, you use toothpastes for sensitive teeth during the treatment, you will reduce this side effect considerably.
No. Tooth enamel is a porous structure, so hydrogen peroxide molecule can penetrate tooth enamel without damaging it in the same way as pigmentations have achieved to do it, only producing the discoloration of these pigments.
It greatly depends on patient´s eating habits. This way, if you smoke, drink a lot of coffee, wine…the effect will last less time. Even though, a slight relapse is normal in all cases. For this reason, at our clinic, we always prefer to perform home treatment since it lasts longer, and in case you want to whiten your teeth again, you would only have to acquire one or two additional syringes because you can continue using the same mouth tray.
No, we can only whiten natural teeth with whitening treatment. If you have previous fillings which stand out a lot after completion of the whitening treatment, these could be replaced with others with a more similar color.
Yes. In fact, a slight color relapse is normal after a period of time. Therefore, we prefer home treatment since if you keep the mouth trays, you would only have to acquire some additional peroxide syringe after some months following the first whitening treatment.