Teeth Whitening-Bleaching

21 January 2015
 Categories: Dentist, Blog

This article will explore bleaching as a method of whitening your teeth.

Teeth Whitening

Bleaching is a process by which the unattractive layer on your teeth is removed.  As a method of whitening your teeth, bleaching can be done in one of two ways. You can opt to visit your dentist for the tooth whitening procedure or you can use home chemicals to whiten your teeth at home.

In-Office Bleaching

If you opt to visit your dentist for this procedure, then clear your calendar to allow two to three visits.  When you see your dentist he/she will apply a whitening gel on the affected teeth and expose them to white light. Your dentist may instead opt for laser light in a laser whitening procedure. The exposure to light will allow the gel to reach the enamel thereby removing the stain.

At-Home Bleaching

Home bleaching can be achieved through one of the following methodologies:

Gels and Strips

In this method you use your brush or a strip to apply the whitening gel. The peroxide-based bleaching solutions are recommended for use for 10 to 14 days. The results are, however, not permanent. This means every few months you will need to re-do the whitening task.

Tray-based bleaching

In this home procedure, your dentist will prepare a tray with peroxide-based whitening gel, which you are to place over your teeth for several hours a day. The bleaching process goes on for up to four weeks. This tray is available over the counter, or you can have one prepared for you by your dentist.

Whitening toothpastes

Whitening toothpastes have polishing agents that help remove the stains from your teeth. This method is inexpensive, but the effect is not as lasting as when you use tray-based bleaching.


Before you rush off to purchase these home kits, consult your dentist. You will learn whether the home bleaching solutions can work for you or whether you need more abrasive materials.

Home kits have been known to burn people or even bleach gums if used incorrectly. Indeed, if you have brown teeth, this home –based solutions will not help. If however, your teeth are yellowing, these do- it-yourself solutions will be helpful.

Keep Them White

 Assuming that the home bleaching solutions have worked for you, here is what to avoid in order to maintain the white glow.

  • Black coffee
  • Sports drinks
  •  Berries and coloured foods
  • Sauces
  • White or red wine

For more information, contact a business such as Geelong Implant Centre.