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Learn all about Teeth Whitening in 5 Minutes!

No one can deny, teeth whitening is a trend nowadays and all people of different ages want their teeth to become white and always trying to whiten them, even with homemade recipes.

Let’s get the answer to a very confusing question!


Is it safe to use homemade teeth whitening materials?

The answer is no! To be clear, teeth whitening that’s done by the dentist on a scientific basis and with approved techniques isn’t harmful at all and gives wonderful results, but for homemade recipes, it should be avoided immediately.

Remember, teeth whitening can’t be done frequently. Dr. Pogodzinski will determine the frequency with which you can do it and that’s according to your teeth’s condition so as to not cause any harm or weakness.

So, what is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a procedure that involves adding a bleaching material such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide to your teeth, as these compounds have the ability to break down the stains on your teeth and therefore make them lighter.

How does teeth whitening happen?

Teeth whitening may be at-home bleaching or in-office bleaching.

First, for at-home bleaching, Dr. Pogodzinski will make you a tray in which you’ll put the bleaching material and wear it for a range of time according to its concentration. Furthermore, you can use whitening toothpaste or gels, but also under the supervision of your dentist.

While concerning in-office bleaching, Dr. Pogodzinski uses the same compounds but at higher concentrations and these compounds may be either chemically activated or light-activated, and the session is repeated 3 times with each session lasting around 45 minutes.

Now the big question everyone wants to know.

When will my teeth be whiter?

With home bleaching, due to using a low concentration compound, it may take a few weeks to see that your teeth became lighter.

But for the in-office bleaching, the high concentration of the used compounds allows you to see results starting from the first session.

Should I expect to have white teeth even if I originally have very dark ones?

No, as bleaching only returns your original teeth color, and guess what? Not all people were born with white teeth as teeth may be formed in yellow or grayish color.

So, expect to have lighter teeth that still appear natural.

Undoubtedly, we consistently want to become more beautiful and have lighter teeth, but at the same time we don’t want to harm ourselves or limit our function in the long term, so….

Does teeth whitening harm our teeth structure?

To be honest, teeth whitening if done correctly by following the prescribed duration, no harm will occur, so no need to worry.

Only expect to have some sensitivity following the procedure.

We all should know that teeth whitening isn’t something permanent, as over time teeth will regain the stains again, but to maintain your teeth for a longer period of time you should regularly brush and floss them, and also regular visits to Dr. Pogodzinski for scaling and polishing are necessary.

If you’re ready for brighter, whiter teeth give us a call for consultation at 414-475-0588 or book online.