Whitening versus Bleaching
- Posted on: Dec 7 2015
Most people lump whitening and bleaching into the same category — simply making their teeth whiter. But at Gentle Dental, there is a difference between the two and it revolves around the end result.
Products and procedures are categorized as “bleaching” if they can make the teeth whiter than their natural color. Bleaching usually involves products with active ingredients such as hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide.
“Whitening” refers to products and procedures that restore the natural color of the teeth. This is done not by changing the inherent tint of the teeth, but by removing stains or debris that may be making the teeth darker.
Bleaching at Gentle Dental
At Gentle Dental, we recommend in-office teeth bleaching for most of our patients with stained or discolored teeth. Why? Our in-office treatments are continuously supervised to be sure the bleaching agents are performing as expected and the gums and surrounding tissues are not being affected.
Plus, we utilize stronger bleaching agents. Our in-office treatments can bleach the teeth up to 10 times lighter than their normal shade!
Some people opt for home whitening treatments, but their success is mixed. The problem is that these treatments are not customized based on your tooth color and condition, as they are with our in-office treatments. Plus, they are not supervised by our technicians, so the user can suffer burns and damage to his or her gums. And there is the risk of over bleaching.
Do you wish you had whiter teeth? Talk to us at Gentle Dental about our in-office teeth bleaching options. Call us at 732-549-5660.