Teeth Whitening Process

Having a great set of teeth is a much sought after goal that’s seldom achieved. Teeth whitening is a global obsession. Whether you get it done by your dentist or use one of the many do it yourself products, teeth whitening is something that you have probably tried or have fantasized about at some point. 

Let’s get you informed on the best techniques and the pros and cons.


Teeth whitening is a technique that lightens the teeth and removes stains and discoloration. It’s a cosmetic intervention that improves the way the teeth look, but does not improve your dental health.

Teeth whitening is a recurrent procedure. Once you’ve whitened your teeth, you’re likely to do it again at a later date because the effect is not permanent.


How Does it Work?

The basic technique used for teeth whitening entails the removal of a microlayer of enamel covering your teeth. Once this layer is removed, the whiter inner layer shows up, creating the whitening effect.

Of course, once the teeth have been whitened, the fresh layer of enamel is subjected to the many staining agents that tarnished the old layer, gradually staining your teeth again and necessitating another intervention.


Professional teeth whitening normally involves three steps. 

1.    General checkup: Before going through with the procedure, your dentist will ensure that your dental hygiene is up to scratch, checking for cavities. Receding gums could be a reason not to opt for teeth whitening, since the product used can weaken the exposed tooth roots, creating greater sensitivity and weakening the teeth. As a rule, any deficiency in your dental health will negatively affect the whitening procedure.


2.    Cleaning: Your dentist will proceed with a thorough cleaning of your teeth before whitening, removing any residue food and bacteria.

3.    Whitening: Your dentist will photograph your teeth to help him evaluate the progress later on. He will then create a whitening tray that fits over your teeth. The tray will hold the whitening gel and you will probably have to use it at home for the next few weeks.


Teeth whitening can be done in the dentist office or at home depending on the strength of the agent used. In-office whitening tends to favor stronger and more aggressive products and takes between 30 to 90 minutes and 1 to 3 appointments.


You should always get your dentist’s advice before whitening your teeth as there can be mild side effects, such as irritated gums and increased tooth sensitivity.

After whitening, or instead of whitening, make sure that you look after your teeth. You can protect your teeth by avoiding tobacco, brushing your teeth after drinking dark liquids such as coffee, tea, and red wine, and by maintaining generally good mouth hygiene. 

You’ll appreciate the benefits of having clean and white teeth.