In-office tooth whitening is a procedure designed to lighten the color of teeth using a combination of hydrogen peroxide and/or a specially designed ultraviolet lamp. The in-office whitening treatment involves using the gel and/or lamp in conjunction with each procedure to produce maximum whitening results in the shortest possible time. (Not all In-Office Whitening treatments require the use of the ultraviolet lamp and in most cases is not needed for the procedure) During the procedure, the whitening gel will be applied to my teeth and my teeth will be exposed to the gel for several sessions up to 1 hour. During the entire treatment, a plastic retractor will be placed in my mouth the help keep it open and the soft tissues of my mouth (i.e. lips, gums, cheeks and tongue) will be covered to ensure they are not exposed to the gel. After treatment is completed, the retractor and all the gel and tissue coverings will be removed from my mouth. Before and after the treatment, the shade of my upper front teeth will be assessed and recorded.
Risks of Treatment
Treatment may vary or regress due to a variety of circumstances. Almost all natural teeth can benefit from whitening treatment and significant whitening can be achieved in most cases. Whitening treatments are not intended to lighten artificial teeth, caps, crowns, veneers or porcelain, composite or other restorative materials. People with darkly stained yellow or yellow-brown teeth frequently achieve better results than people with gray or bluish-gray teeth. Teeth with multiple colorations, bands, splotches or spots due to tetracycline use or fluorosis do not whiten as well. Multiple treatments may be needed or teeth may not whiten at all.