Whitening vs. Bleaching


Article written byElite Dental Group

Everyone loves a beautiful white smile for its youthful appearance and instant appeal. However, most over-the-counter whitening and bleaching products are not approved, making them harmful for teeth and gums. If you are considering brightening your smile it is best to consult a professional dentist who can advise you about treatment options. Consider the following information about teeth whitening and bleaching before deciding on the best procedure for you.

Whitening involves removing surface stains caused by teeth-staining foods, smoking, and bacteria. Most whitening products use an abrasive paste to remove stains. Whitening is most effective for patients who are looking for 2-3 shades of stain removal.

On the other hand, bleaching can offer patients up to 5-6 shades of stain removal. Bleaching involves carbamide peroxide which breaks down to form hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide forms oxygen that goes through teeth enamel into the dentin resulting in whiter teeth.

Since whitening and bleaching procedures remove surface stains from food and drink, most patients will notice a difference after their first treatment. Patients will need to take care of their teeth following the procedure by reducing the consumption of teeth-staining food and by brushing and flossing twice daily. Whitening and bleaching procedures will also require follow-up treatments every 6 months to a year.

Although expensive cosmetic dentistry procedures can help transform a person’s smile, in most cases, a brighter smile, is all a person needs to improve their appearance. Additionally, professional whitening and bleaching treatments are affordable, non-invasive, and often involve only one treatment.

Dr. Andre Eliasian is one of the leading dentists in cosmetic dentistry in Glendale CA. His clinic offers several services which include teeth whitening, bleaching, veneers, and crowns. If you are looking for tooth whitening in Glendale or dental implants in Glendale call for an appointment.

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