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Teeth Whitening Procedures

Individuals around the world are looking more and more each day for ways to brighten their smiles and make their teeth as white as possible. A bright smile is considered to be healthy and attractive, which is why people are visiting the dental office more often in the hopes of achieving perfectly white teeth.

The market is filled with offers of products that promise to transform stained, yellowish teeth into beautiful pearly whites. However, a person must be aware that not all of the products available work, and that the ones that do can have different results on each individual. The same goes with the procedures performed at a dental clinic; results will vary.

There are two options of dental whitening methods available performed by a dentist or dental hygienist in a dental clinic: laser teeth whitening, or whitening trays. The difference between the two options relies in the amount of time required for treatment and for achieving results.

Special equipment is necessary in both forms of whitening, which is why a person interested in the treatment needs to have it performed by a professional.

Laser Whitening

It consists of the dentist or dental hygienist isolating each individual tooth with a special barrier in order to prevent the whitening solution to come in contact with gum tissue, after this, each tooth is painted on with the whitener. A special light or laser is then used to activate the whitening agents on each tooth, which will make them lighter than they were.

The dentist will document the person´s initial tooth shade or color by taking photographs and using a special tooth color guide. After the laser whitening has been performed, the doctor will again document the person´s teeth shade to determine how much brighter the teeth resulted.

Laser whitening is performed in one session at the dental clinic; however, in some cases, a second session will be necessary for better results. It is important for individuals to understand that each specific case is different; results may vary and can differ from one individual to another.

Whitening Trays

This method consists of the dentist taking molds of the patient´s upper and lower teeth in order to perform custom made trays. Once the molds are ready the patient will receive a take-home kit of whitening gel syringes and instructions of use.

The person needs to apply a small amount of whitening gel with the syringe on each individual tooth in the tray molds that were custom made. Once each tooth has received a small amount of the whitening gel, the patient can place in the upper and lower tray.

The amount of time per day required to leave on the product will depend on which whitening gel is being used, and this will be instructed by the dentist when choosing the product for each individual.

The patient can decided for how long to apply the product based on the results obtained. Once the desired color has been achieved the person can stop using the product daily and can only re-apply to maintain the color when considered necessary.

Prior to starting the whitening procedures, regardless of the method chosen, it is highly recommended to have a professional cleaning performed by a dentist in order to achieve better results.

By: Prisma Dental

For any questions about teeth whitening procedures you can contact us at or to our phone numbers: (506) 2291-5151 in Costa Rica or toll free at 866-741-8194 in United States.

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