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How About The In-office Dental Bleaching?

 Dental bleaching is considered as an ideal solution to get rid of discolored teeth. Teeth stains are often caused by excessive smoking, age and plaque build-up. The latest teeth whitening procedures can even cure changes in teeth color caused due to the consumption of some medications.

Your tooth bleaching options basically involve at-home and office procedures. DIY kits cover a variety of oral hygiene products or dental lab equipment, from mouthwash and rinses, trays, strips, gels, even toothpaste. Anything which lightens the shade of your teeth by removing or reducing stains is considered as a tooth whitener. The effectiveness of the treatment depends on the concentration of the gel and the duration of the exposure, though. Gargles and toothpaste only lift and dissolve superficial discoloration, but the deep-seated causes of the stains aren't removed because these are embedded into the enamel pores. At-home strips and trays offer better results, but you'll have to wear the applicators a few hours a day for several weeks before you notice the slightest improvement. It goes without saying that OTC kits are only effective against light stains. These are best used as maintenance treatments.
Teeth bleaching do not entail heavy or complex surgery that is why majority patients pass out the initial screening. The next appointment is for the teeth bleaching procedure itself. State of the art in-office treatments include the application of carbamide or hydrogen peroxide bleaching gel and the projection of laser light. This innovative procedure is quite a rage in highly industrialized and Hollywood influenced cities such as Los Angeles.You can find more information about the dental supplies from www.virgodental.com.au.
Opposed to over-the-counter bleaching products or at-home teeth whitening remedies that require weeks to show effects, in-office treatments can be completed within an hour and show positive results instantly. Cosmetic dentists apply bleaching gel on the discolored teeth and let it sit for minutes. The gel breaks down to oxygen molecules, which oxide the discoloring material wedged in the micro-cracks of the teeth.
LumaCool (TM) is made by LumaLite Inc. It requires the use of a xenon halogen accelerator light, which runs from $2500-$4000. At-home bleaching is recommended as a follow up. It uses a 35% hydrogen peroxide gel with a pH of about 6. Each bleaching session consists of three 8 minute applications with a total chair time of a little less than an hour.
Beyond (TM) Power
Beyond (TM) Power is produced by Beyond (TM) Dental and Health. It should not be confused with a similarly named over-the-counter product, Beyond (TM). Beyond (TM) Power requires a halogen accelerator light running an average of a few thousand dollars. At-home bleaching follow up is considered optional. It uses a 35% hydrogen peroxide gel with a pH of about 5.5 which is applied in three 10 minute applications with a total chair time of less than an hour.
LaserSmile (TM)
The final product I want to discuss here is LaserSmile (TM) by Biolase Technology Inc. This product requires the use of a diode laser, which costs the dentist approximately $20,000. However, the diode laser and dental handpiece will be used for other dental procedures as well, so a dentist will not likely use this system unless he is already using a diode laser in his practice for other procedures. At-home follow up is considered optional. LaserSmile (TM) uses a 37% hydrogen peroxide gel with a pH of about 7. Each session consists of two applications of the bleaching agent: the first for 16 minutes and the second for 8 minutes. However, the laser light is applied only for a total of about 4 minutes during these applications. The session is about an hour.
In the above discussions, where at-home bleaching follow ups were mentioned, the final decision whether to use a follow up product is something to be worked out with the dentist based on his or her recommendation and based on the whitening goal desired as well as the original condition of the teeth being bleached.