Many people look in the mirror and notice that their teeth were not quite as white as they once were. The darkening and staining of teeth are both a natural part of aging. Certain lifestyle factors such as tobacco, tea, coffee, wine, and soda can speed the process, causing a brown, yellow, or grayish hue to develop on the enamel.
What many people do not realize is that even healthy foods can leave color deposits on the teeth.
- Leafy green vegetables
- Curry, turmeric, and other spices
- Colorful peppers
Because enamel thins with age, white teeth are often associated with youth and health, which is why we offer two professional teeth whitening options in our Hong Kong Central dental office – both in-office and take-home teeth bleaching systems.
Many people find teeth whitening ideal to look their best at important events such as weddings, birthdays, reunions, vacations, holidays, and other milestones.
Before beginning any type of tooth whitening, your dentist will evaluate the oral health of each patient to ensure comfort and safety. A dental cleaning done prior to your whitening appointment will also remove tartar from the teeth that can interfere with the teeth whitening process.
In-Office (Chairside) Teeth Whitening
When patients want the fastest results and wish to jump-start their teeth whitening treatment, in-office teeth bleaching can provide an improvement of several shades in a single sitting. Our team will place a protective barrier over the gums and retract the lips. Next, a professional strength whitening gel will be placed on the teeth and activated with a special light that speeds the process.
In-office teeth whitening can be repeated up to four times in a single appointment based on the patient’s desired shade.
Take-Home Teeth Whitening
Many patients who have in-office teeth whitening choose to complement their chairside teeth bleaching with a custom take-home kit. Take-home teeth whitening can also be performed on its own.
Here is how it works:
- Impressions of teeth to make customized bleaching trays
- Demonstration and instruction
- Determining the proper teeth whitening gel
- A before-and-after shade measurement to monitor results
Patients can retain their whitening trays for future touch-ups should teeth appear to darken.
What about Sensitive Teeth?
Patients who have sensitive teeth may still be able to have a whiter smile. Desensitizing agents and fluoride application can help.
Solutions for Stain-Resistant Teeth
Teeth that have suffered trauma or that have stubborn internals stains may benefit from porcelain veneers to cover the tooth completely for the most esthetic results.
Would You Like a Whiter Smile?
To find out if you are a good candidate for teeth whitening, we invite you to contact our Central Hong Kong dental office to make an appointment.