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Life in the 21st century provides opportunities where any body or facial defects can be completely removed, and teeth are no exception. A person can get a brand new smile which will completely change their appearance.

Teeth whitening is the most commonly used dental method. It involves the application of a bleaching gel on the teeth. Dentists protect the soft tissues and activate the gel using a laser. The procedure is short, painless and provides an almost instantaneous effect. In severe cases of discoloration this procedure may have to be repeated.

Teeth whitening can be also done with professional quality at home. The procedure starts in the office by taking imprints to create forms for the teeth. These forms serve as carriers for the whitening gel at home. This procedure is very safe and simple because the whitening gels are a lower concentration, which does not damage the soft tissue. After a short training session in the dental office, a patient can very easily bleach their own teeth by using the gel-filled tray application.

This technique is relatively simple and less expensive than laser whitening. The at-home bleaching method does have drawbacks. This method requires patience because the results appear gradually and during the bleaching process it is necessary to completely abstain from smoking and the consumption of staining substances such as coffee, tea and red wine. This technique is frequently used to maintain the results of a tooth whitening, because the effects may fade over time and require repeat treatment.

Always consult a dentist before beginning any tooth whitening regime, as many of the over-the-counter methods available may damage your tooth enamel. A properly certified dentist can determine which methods will work best for you.