Professional in-office tooth bleaching is one of the most effective ways to whiten your smile. Our Northridge cosmetic dentist may recommend professional tooth bleaching if you have stains from coffee, nicotine, tea, wine, soft drinks, and similar substances.
Before beginning your procedure, you may need to have your teeth cleaned and polished. This removes superficial stains and any plaque or debris that could interfere with your whitening results. The soft tissues of the mouth will need to be protected in most cases since a powerful UV light is used to activate the bleaching gel. We will coat each tooth with gel, which usually contains either a prescription-strength formula of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. When the light is switched on, it helps the gel penetrate the teeth, and as it begins to break down, the oxygen lifts away stains. The gel may be removed and reapplied several times during your appointment for maximum whitening.
Once your whitening procedure is complete, we will rinse the remaining whitening gel from your teeth. A fluoride treatment may be used to reduce the risk of sensitivity, particularly if you have a history of sensitive teeth. If you are interested in learning more about how you get a brighter smile, we can help. Give us a call today to schedule your appointment with our expert in tooth bleaching in Northridge.