What to Expect During
The dental cleaning process starts when you consult the dentist about a tooth discoloration issue. They’ll examine the extent of the discoloration and decide whether to proceed with the whitening. Patients with dental decay and gum disease might receive treatment before the whitening. After treatment, the dentist will clean your teeth by removing plaque, tartar, and debris, then brushing your teeth.
The bleaching agents dentists use might be too harsh for your gums and the inside of the mouth. As such, the dentists will apply a protective gel on these areas to protect them from the whitening agent. They might also use a dental dam instead for cases of severe discoloration for the same purpose.
Next, the dentist will carefully apply the whitening agent on the affected teeth using a small brush. These whitening agents typically consist of hydrogen peroxide or hydrogen carbamide. They work by breaking down these stains, making it easier to eject them from the teeth. The dentist will then use UV light to activate the whitening agent. They’ll repeat the process as many times as it takes until your teeth turn completely white. This usually takes a single sitting, but patients with severe discoloration may require more than one teeth-whitening session.
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