What is In Office Dental Teeth Bleaching?

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Many people seek to improve the appearance of their smiles by using teeth bleaching. The color of the teeth has no bearing on oral health, but people often find that whiter teeth are more aesthetically pleasing. There are many options for whitening one's teeth with bleaching. While some people prefer at-home options, many have the service performed in a dentist's office.

Patients see results more quickly with in-office whitening. Having teeth bleaching done in the office is also the safest option because it is performed by a dentist.

What does the process involve?

The entire process of in-office tooth whitening typically takes about 60 minutes to 90 minutes to complete. It often involves two applications of bleaching solution, which each remain on the teeth for approximately 15 to 30 minutes.


Prior to the bleaching, the teeth undergo a cleaning to clear away any debris on the surface. This may involve polishing the teeth with a grainy substance called pumice. Following the cleaning, the dentist places gauze in the patient's mouth to prevent moisture buildup. The teeth are exposed with the insertion of a cheek retractor, which gently pushes and holds the cheeks and lips out of the way. The dentist paints a protective liquid onto the gums to prevent exposure to the bleaching agent.


Teeth bleaching treatment takes place with a bleaching gel made of either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is the stronger treatment. Between the two applications, the bleaching gel is washed away or suctioned off and the whitening level of the teeth checked. Some techniques also involve activating the bleaching process by focusing an intense light on the teeth. If this method is used, the dentist will provide the patient with protective glasses to prevent damage to the eyes.


The teeth can become dehydrated during the bleaching process. This may cause them to appear whiter than the shade they will eventually settle into. A dentist can measure the immediate post-treatment change after removing the retractors and allowing the patient to rinse. Following the treatment, the patient should avoid using tobacco use and eating any foods that could cause staining for at least 24 hours. Such foods include red wine, coffee and tomato sauce.

A doctor may recommend take-home bleaching trays to the patient if the initial results are not satisfactory. Another option is another in-office bleaching at a followup appointment.

Who is not a candidate for in-office teeth bleaching?

Though many patients can benefit from chairside bleaching, it is not for everyone. Not all stains respond to bleaching, and patients with intractable stains may wish to explore other whitening options. Bleaching is also not effective on teeth that have become transparent over time. People with hypersensitivity of the teeth and gums may not be able to have in-office bleaching but may benefit from take-home trays that use a lower concentration of the bleaching agent.


Regardless of whether it is performed at home or in the dentist's office, the results of teeth bleaching are temporary. Additional treatments are necessary for patients who want to maintain teeth's whiteness.

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