Teeth Whitening: The Definitive Guide

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Sutton Place Dental offers its definitive guide to teeth-whitening for 2019

Do you feel the desire to remove years of coffee, tobacco, and wine stains in exchange for a mouth full of sparkling white teeth? And are you confused by the multitude of methods touted by various sources? It can feel like a maze!

If so, you may find the “Teeth Whitening: The Definitive Guide for 2019” useful. Leveraging over 175 years of cumulative dental experience, heavily referenced, and broken up into six different articles, over 15,000 words of text cover all areas of teeth whitening.

If you just want a quick overview of the different methods available, the first article is for you. It walks you through in-surgery methods, as well “Do It Yourself” approaches. Costs are also discussed. This chapter should give a good understanding of the discoloration process by introducing you to your enemy: dental stains.

You can learn about hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide, the active ingredients that allow you to battle your foes. These components are present in most of the whitening strategies you are likely to come across.

The following two chapters cover:

• Chapter 1: In-surgery teeth whitening
• Chapter 2: Whitening strips, toothpaste, paint-on films, and trays with gels

We take an in-depth look at “in-surgery” dental procedures and at-home methods such as trays with gel, whitening strips, etc. In the first article, you can appreciate the importance of undergoing dental cleaning before teeth whitening.

For instance, a professional cleaning done beforehand ensures a better penetration of the whitening gel through your enamel. You can also discover what a typical in-surgery whitening procedure looks like.

A detailed description of two of the most common procedures are provided:
• Zoom®
• Opalescence® Boost

Are you concerned about side effects of in-office dental bleaching? Don’t worry, you will find clear explanations that should alleviate any concerns.
If you’re curious about teeth whitening methods that you can use in your own home, go to chapter 2. You will get a thorough overview of the most important existing OTC products as well as the use of custom trays (i.e., made by your dentist) filled with whitening gel.

You have your teeth whitened, and:

• What results can you expect?
• How can you maintain them?
• The impact of different foods and drinks on your teeth.

There is also a section on teeth whitening of crowns, veneers, implants, fillings, and bridges.

Worried about potential side-effects?

Chapter 4 tries to deal with all the questions you may have. Teeth-whitening is very safe, albeit it has some contraindications. It can temporarily result in sensitivity and gum irritation, especially if there is no proper supervision and guidance.

In this part of the guide, you will find information about these two side-effects as well as safety issues. If you belong to a specific age group, you will find answers to questions such as:
• Is teeth whitening safe during pregnancy or lactation?
• Can children and teenagers undergo in-surgery teeth whitening?
• Am I too old for tooth whitening?

Finally, any ultimate guide on teeth whitening must look into natural teeth whitening strategies. Chapter 5 covers charcoal, strawberries, oil pulling, baking soda... we have tried to separate the wheat from the chaff by using peer-reviewed sources.

Enjoy your reading. The Sutton Place Dental editorial team