Frequently used methods in Clinical Whitening
The first step, which is also the most basic application, is dental plaque removal and polishing. The second step is teeth whitening with silicon spraying, which helps with certain discolorations that remain on tooth surface. The third step is whitening with blue light, the fourth and most advanced method is whitening with red laser.
With meticulous research, new methods for teeth whitening are also being tested and added to the growing knowledgebase every day.
Chemicals used in Teeth Whitening
The chemicals carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide are usually used in teeth whitening. These chemicals are similar in function, but different brands use the one that suits their purpose. Hydrogen peroxide is usually used in clinical whitening procedures, while carbamide peroxide is preferred in home-made treatments.
Processes of Teeth Whitening
- Removal of food particles and bacteria from the tooth surface, the enamel is brushed with special pastes.
- Recording of initial color: the color of the tooth is recorded to make comparisons later on during the treatment.
- Moving the tongue and lips away from teeth: whitening chemicals may harm soft tissue such as lips and tongue, and these are moved away from teeth to prevent any possible harm.
- Gum barrier: Gum tissue is protected with a barrier to prevent the whitening agent from harming it
- Application of whitening product: the agent is spread over clean and dry surface and then is kept there for 20 mins. If the teeth structure allows it and quality products are used, it is possible to obtain a Hollywood white smile.
- Cleaning: Teeth are cleaned as the session ends. If deemed necessary, the process is repeated again.