What Happens During Professional Teeth Whitening?

What Happens During Professional Teeth Whitening?

January 1, 2021

Would you like to see your tooth color change their shade to whiter in a few hours? Note that having discolored teeth is natural and can be caused by the things we eat or drink daily. However, teeth whitening offers a chance to transform your dental and improve your smile on an impressive scale.

Teeth whitening treatment is a mystery to many. If you have questions about the procedure and what you need to do in preparation, then this is the article for you.

Preparation Before the Procedure

Tooth bleaching has been around for a while. The treatment might be available at your local pharmacy but let’s not forget that this is a cosmetic procedure. Note that Shore Dental tooth bleaching is not invasive, but it does change your teeth’ appearance. For that reason, you need proper preparation.

Before booking an appointment with Dr. Paul Stein, you need to see your regular dentist for an initial check-up. Ask for a full tooth cleaning first and probably a desensitizing toothpaste if your teeth are sensitive.

From the check-up, your dentist can determine what treatment is best for your stains. Stains from food and drinks and also tobacco smoke are not hard to remove. However, stains caused by disease or certain types of medication need a more intense procedure.

Learning about the cause of your stained teeth allows the dentist to recommend the best treatment. It can also save you money if they determine that tooth bleaching won’t change your teeth color.

While there, ensure the cleaning removes all plaque and tartar in the teeth. Tooth cleaning reaches the deepest grooves of teeth that you can’t clean from home. Plaque and tartar hinder the effectiveness of tooth whitening, so tooth cleaning is essential before whitening.

Finally, you need to invest in a desensitizing toothpaste. Bleaching procedures are known to bring about tooth and gum sensitivity afterward. Using a desensitizing toothpaste mitigates many discomforts you are likely to experience during the whitening treatment.


Step 1

First, your dentist will check for conditions that can prevent your teeth from being bleached. They include cavities, overly worn-out enamel, gum disease, exposed tooth roots.

If your cavities were filled before the bleaching appointment, you can proceed with the bleaching treatment. Some people are also allergic to bleaching agents. Your dentist will first apply a gel containing hydrogen peroxide, and if you are allergic to this, it’s advisable not toproceed with the treatment.

Your dentist will also ask for any previous dental work. Bleaching agents don’t work on crowns and dental veneers.

Likewise, pregnant and breastfeeding women, as well as children, should avoid tooth bleaching procedures.

If none of the above applies, then you will be viable to go on with the procedure.

Step 2

The second step involves protecting the gums from the bleaching agent. This is achieved using a rubber or a molded gum protector.

Other dentists use cheek retractors to prevent the cheeks and lips from the effects of the bleaching agent.

Step 3

Are you wondering how to choose a whitening treatment? Go for those that have a hydrogen peroxide concentration ranging from 5 – 14%. This is for home treatment, though.

Dentists apply a much stronger gel containing 15-43% hydrogen peroxide. This means results are achieved faster. After careful application, the timer begins.

Step 4

Dentists in Englewood applylaser treatment as an accelerant to the bleaching agent. After applying the whitening treatment, your dentist dresses you with a pair of glasses then directs laser beams at the teeth.

Decoloring stained teeth works through oxygen release. Laser light generates heat, which speeds up the stain-shifting process. This way, the whitening procedure is considerably accelerated.

The laser machine is removed after an hour, and the protective kit issued is carefully retracted too. At this stage, all you need is a mirror to check how white your teeth are.

Are There Side Effects?

There’s too much worry in many patients about the side effects of dental whitening treatment. When performed by a professional and skilled team, the procedure is very safe and doesn’t involve any lifelong side effects.

You might experience sensitivity after treatment, but this is usually temporary and lasts for the next hour or so.

In Conclusion

A dental whitening session is never painful, and in around an hour, your smile is revolutionized. While home bleaching options are available, the perfect and long-lasting effects of dental tooth bleaching are unmatched.

Ready to have your first tooth bleaching session? Please make an appointment with us today and enjoy the services of our friendly team!