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In-Office Teeth Whitening Options and advantages

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What is in-office teeth whitening?

Teeth discoloration is among the most common dental problems.

Therefore, various teeth whitening procedures are of great value in dentistry due to their effectiveness in removing teeth pigmentation and restoring the natural shade of the teeth.

There are several ways of teeth whitening, some of which are done in the dentist’s office and others can be obtained at home.

In-office teeth whitening is the best option and superior to all home teeth whitening methods because of its quality, speed, and results.

Find out more details with ILAJAK Medical.

In which cases it's recommended?

In-office teeth whitening is recommended for patients, who have healthy teeth without filling or restoration in their teeth and healthy gum tissues, and look for a better smile and boost in confidence.

Patients whose teeth are discolored or pigmented are more likely to respond to treatment.

Benefits of professional teeth whitening

A beautiful smile can completely change the way you feel about yourself. When you do not feel confident about your teeth, it interferes with all aspects of your life, but thankfully, professional teeth whitening is an option for those who desire pearly whites.

With that said, here are a few of the advantages of brightening your smile:

  • Complete Whitening
  • Reliable Treatment
  • A Boost in confidence
  • Quicker Results
  • Enhanced appearance

Disadvantages of in-office teeth whitening

Among the side effects of in-office teeth whitening:

  • In-office Teeth whitening is expensive compared to home teeth whitening methods
  • It is not possible to predict the results accurately, as the results of whitening depend on several factors such as age, genetics, and the type of pigmentation in the teeth
  • In-office teeth whitening can cause tooth sensitivity, thinning the enamel layer and making the teeth weaker and more prone to fractures, cracks, and cavities.
  • Teeth whitening at the dentist is not a permanent solution, as the teeth will discolor again due to the accumulation of food residues, plaque, and bacteria in them after whitening, as the results of teeth whitening last for no more than two years.

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Are you a good candidate?

Yes, all patients are good candidates for in-office teeth whitening especially who suffer from discoloration and pigmentation of the teeth, except:

  • Children under 16 years of age, as the growth and formation of the layers of the teeth, is not yet complete and therefore they can't go for teeth whitening
  • Pregnant women due to the risk of the procedure to the fetus
  • People who suffer from deep tooth pigmentation that teeth whitening methods do not help to get rid of.
  • Patients with gum problems, sensitive teeth, or severe tooth decay, teeth whitening can exacerbate their existing problems.
  • Patients who have fillings in the teeth, because the bleaching material affects the natural teeth only and does not affect the fillings, which causes the color of the tooth to differ from the color of the filling

The in-office whitening procedure

Before starting the dental whitening procedure, the doctor prepares the teeth and gums for the procedure, by:

  • Dental cleaning and removal of dental plaque, and calculus accumulated on and between the teeth and on the gum line
  • Perform a full dental and gum examination to look for significant cavities, tooth fractures, or gum disease
  • Taking pictures of the teeth to measure the required shade and follow up on changes in the shade of the teeth before and after whitening and in the future
  • At the end of the preparation stage, a protective gel is applied to the gums to prevent the whitening substance from reaching them, because it leads to irritation and inflammation of the gums.

After preparation is completed, the whitening process starts according to the procedure as follows:

  • Brushing teeth
  • Applying bleaching material on the teeth, which is a medical preparation that contains hydrogen peroxide at a certain concentration
  • Direct the laser on the teeth to activate the bleaching material and wait for 15 minutes
  • Brushing the teeth and washing the bleaching material off them
  • Repeat this step three times.
  • In laser teeth whitening, laser light of specific energy is used to remove pigmentation, calcifications, and colored particles stuck within the teeth.

What are your options?

It is possible to perform teeth whitening at the doctor through a number of methods and procedures. The methods of teeth whitening at the doctor include:

- Laser teeth whitening

It is also one of the common teeth whitening methods, and the laser teeth whitening method is based on the use of laser light of certain energy on the teeth to remove the colored particles stuck within the pores of the teeth and restore the teeth to their bright white color.

- Zoom teeth whitening

Zoom teeth whitening is a widespread dental whitening procedure, during teeth whitening. Teeth whitening requires cleaning the teeth, removing tartar and plaque, and then placing a special bleaching substance on the teeth and shining a blue light on them and leaving it for a short period so that the bleaching agent penetrates the pores of the teeth and removes the particles stuck within them that cause pigmentation.

- Internal teeth bleaching

In this type of teeth whitening, a root canal must be done followed by placing a whitening material (peroxide crystals) via prepared holes for deep whitening and removing any debris.

- Professional teeth bleaching kits

Teeth bleaching kits use a low concentration hydrogen peroxide gel, as recommended by a dentist, and are used in a custom-made mouth guard made for this purpose.

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How much does in-office teeth whitening cost in Turkey?

The cost of in-office teeth whitening is higher than other methods of teeth whitening. The prices of in-office teeth whitening vary according to the clinic and techniques.

 The average cost of in-office teeth whitening ranges between 300 - 500 US Dollars in Turkey.

Alternatives to in-office whitening

There are multiple alternatives to in-office whitening, for whitening the teeth or getting a white Hollywood smile including:

  • In-home whitening

There are many options for in-home teeth whitening offered by several companies, including tooth paste whitening materials and whitening kits they are cheaper but not effective as in-office whitening.

  • Dental Veneers or Lumineers

In dental veneers, the outer surface of the tooth is covered with thin shells to gain a uniform teeth shape and color it is preferred over teeth whitening because it’s a permanent treatment and can be done even if there is a filling on the tooth.

  • Dental crowns

Dental crowns are used to cover all the surfaces of the teeth thus restoring the shape, esthetic, and function of the teeth can be used in anterior and posterior teeth as well.

Dental crowns are the treatment of choice if you want to treat all the teeth and restore the function as well as the look of your teeth.

Teeth whitening vs dental veneers

Teeth whitening is a temporary treatment whereas dental veneers are permeant

However, Teeth whitening is a cheaper option for white teeth.

Summary of professional teeth whitening options and costs

Techniques

Major Features

Cost

Laser teeth whitening

Effective and precise

300 – 500 USD

Zoom teeth whitening

Quick broad whitening

500 – 750 USD

Internal teeth bleaching

For internal pigmentation

150 – 350 USD

Professional teeth bleaching kits

Convenient but less effective

100 – 150 USD

In-office teeth whitening before and after

In-office teeth whitening before and after

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