Professional teeth whitening is preferred over Over-the-Counter (OTC) teeth whitening systems because it is performed under the supervision of a dental professional. This is important because ill-fitting whitening trays can allow the gel to leak out from underneath the tray, which will irritate the gums and can lead to permanent gingival recession.
Professional teeth whitening will also achieve a brighter smile in a shorter amount of time because a higher percentage of the whitening agent can be used. The whitening gel also contains a buffer, which helps protect the enamel of the teeth.
What Are the Causes of Tooth Discoloration?
|Internal Causes||External Causes|
|Tooth Decay||Dark Pigmented Foods|
|Failing Silver Fillings||Gradual Loss of Enamel|
|Failing Root Canals||Tooth Wear|
|High Levels of Fluoride||Coffee|
|Tetracycline (Antibiotic) use as a child||Tea|
What Are the Benefits of Teeth Whitening?
Why Choose Professional Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening remains one of the most economical ways to enhance your smile. A brighter smile gives the impression of youth, vitality, happiness, and warmth. It is often perceived as a sign of health and is one of the first things that people notice when they meet.
At The Smile Center Orlando, our professional teeth whitening program consists of a 1-hour in-office treatment followed by supervised at-home treatments for up to 3 weeks. During the initial in-office treatment, the gums are blocked out with a special material to limit irritation and then three whitening sessions are performed to achieve brighter teeth. Each patient is then given custom-made whitening trays to continue using at-home. These trays can be worn for 30 to 60 minutes per day for up to 3 weeks or until the desired color you are looking for is achieved.
Tooth whitening can last for one or more years, depending on how well you take care of your teeth, and if you’re following up regularly with a home whitening product for regular maintenance.