Teeth stains are inevitable due to our consumption of a variety of foods and
drinks (soda, spicy food, coffee, etc.). However, advanced teeth whitening
technology has enabled dentists to whiten teeth without adversely affecting the
Almost all whitening methods are similar in concept, but some are much more
effective because of the way the whitening material is delivered to the teeth.
Another contributing factor is the concentration of the material, which is why
less potent over-the-counter whitening systems usually don’t give patients the
results they are hoping for.
The two main methods of professional whitening are tray whitening and
in-office whitening. In tray whitening, an impression is taken and a custom tray
is made for the patient. Then, a supply of whitening gel is given to the patient
and he/she wears the tray for a few hours each day (techniques differ) for a
period of time until an acceptable result is achieved. Sensitivity of the teeth
is a normal side-effect of this whitening method and is almost always
On the other hand, in-office whitening is the most efficient means of
whitening. There are a number of different types used, but the process is very similar for these methods; you
can have your teeth whitened in one session and achieve significant results.
Your Alpena Dentist can give you more detailed information and help you decide which
method is more suitable for you and your teeth.
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