Teeth Bleaching Edison, Metuchen, & South Plainfield, NJ
Do you know the difference between teeth whitening and bleaching?
Patients from Edison, Metuchen, & South Plainfield, NJ, often mistake teeth bleaching and teeth whitening to be the same. Clinically, products and procedures are categorized under bleaching if they can make the teeth whiter than their natural color. Bleaching will usually involve using products with active ingredients such as hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide. Whitening is different because it refers to procedures or products that restore the natural color of teeth. This is done by removing stains or any debris that might be on the teeth surface. As a person gets older, it is natural for teeth to get stained or get darker. Whiter teeth can help you to look and feel younger.
What are your teeth bleaching options?
A patient has an option to, first, have an in-office teeth bleaching procedure or, second, purchase over-the-counter teeth bleaching products. In-office teeth bleaching procedures mean having it done at your dentist’s office. This is always preferred over self-medication because the whole procedure will be supervised and is sure to work because your dentist will use stronger bleaching agents as compared to those contained in OTC products. In-office treatments have immediate effects and you can bleach the teeth up to 10 times lighter than its normal shade. Over the counter products of home bleaching systems are very popular because they are less expensive and are very accessible. However, OTC bleaching products are not customized to your tooth color and condition so you cannot guarantee the result that you want to achieve. It is always best to consult your dentist first to know which option is best suited for you.
What are the risks that you should know about tooth bleaching?
All dental practitioners in Edison, NJ know that every dental procedure has attached risks and they each make sure that every patient that comes in for a consultation is aware of not only the benefits of the bleaching procedure but more importantly the risks and disadvantages of getting teeth bleaching. If it’s not done properly a patient may suffer chemical burns from the bleaching gels because of its high concentration. A patient may also suffer from over bleaching if this procedure is not done by a properly trained dental professional. There is also a risk of experiencing too much pain and sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures.
For more information on whitening your teeth with teeth bleaching inEdison, Piscataway Township, New Brunswick, Metuchen, and Woodbridge Township, NJ give us a call at (732) 549-5660