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The In-Office Teeth Whitening Procedures

June 17, 2014 CASSANDRA ROBINSON

Having your teeth whitened  is not painful or uncomfortable process; in fact, many patients doze off, watch a DVD or TV during the procedure.

  • A cheek retractor is inserted into the mouth, exposing all the "esthetic zone" teeth (teeth that are visible when you smile).
  • A liquid rubber dam or hardening resin is painted onto the gum tissue to protect against any irritation caused by the bleaching gel.
  • A bleaching gel containing hydrogen peroxide is applied to the esthetic zone teeth and kept on for approximately 30 minutes or 1 hour.
  • The bleaching gel is suctioned or washed off after the session is over.
  • Whitening treatments incorporate an intense blue light that is focused on the teeth and is said to activate or enhance the bleaching process. Opinions vary as to whether this light improves the bleaching outcome.
  • Your teeth will likely be given a prophylactic cleaning to clear away plaque and debris that have collected on the surface and between the teeth.
  • Photos may be taken of your teeth, and their color measured on a shade guide. This provides a benchmark for assessing your whitening progress.