White teeth are an essential feature of a smile.

There are basically two types of bleaching. The first method involves application of a high concentrate of a suitable oxidizing agent for a small period of time. This method is known as the office bleach. Though this method is supposed to bring quick results but there are also some risks involved as there are chances of side effects such as chemical burn to the soft tissues. The common bleaching agents are carbamide peroxide that breaks down inside the mouth and forms hydrogen peroxide, or else hydrogen peroxide itself. Another method of bleaching teeth to restore your smile is by using a thin strip or mouth guard that will hold a small concentration of a suitable oxidizing agent close to your teeth for a long period of time that can stretch from several hours a day to even a period of five to fourteen days. This process is also known as over-the-counter or take- home bleaching. Though this method is comparatively slower process than office bleach but the advantage is that there are fewer risks of damage to the soft tissues. This bleaching agent is normally less than 10% of equivalent hydrogen peroxide. There are some guidelines to follow before your first appointment with your dentist for professional whitening, discuss what you want after your bleaching process, to understand and choose the best option amongst the different options available, know more about the process itself, associated risks and limitations. The common risks include temporary increase in sensitivity of teeth and slight irritation of the soft tissues inside the mouth and especially tissues of the gums. Also talk about your dentist about your cavities, if any, as all big cavities should be addressed before the process of bleaching takes place.

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