While there are a number of teeth whitening products which are available over-the-counter, none accomplish what most people desire - the brightest smile in the least amount of time possible. In-office bleaching, or whitening, offers the quickest and most effective way to brighten teeth. With in-office bleaching, a whitening product is applied directly to the teeth and often used in combination with a special light, heat, or laser. Results are usually seen after a single 30- to 60-minute treatment but several appointments are usually needed to achieve dramatic results. The permanence of your teeth whitening treatment depends on you. People who expose their teeth to beverages and foods which cause staining can often see the whiteness begin to fade in as little as one month. However, people who avoid staining foods and beverages are often able to wait a year or longer before needing to touch-up their whitening treatment. The degree of whiteness varies from person to person depending on the level of staining, the condition of the teeth, and the type of bleaching system used.
During a supervised visit, the dentist performs an oral exam and considers your complete medical history. Your dentist can then better match the type of stain with the best treatment that is appropriate to lighten your stains. This is helpful to determine if bleaching is an appropriate course of treatment for you. When you are unsupervised, this information can’t be gathered.
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