Teeth bleaching has become very popular in the United States. It is easy, effective, and relatively inexpensive to have done. Everyone wants whiter teeth.
Dr. David Hall, the author of this cosmetic dentistry information site, was a pioneer in this procedure. He began bleaching teeth in 1985. In 1991 he published his landmark research, demonstrating that, contrary to the then prevailing thought, there was no advantage in etching the teeth with acid prior to bleaching them. This research was widely cited in the dental literature and helped open the door to today’s simpler tooth-whitening techniques.
Home Teeth Bleaching
The most popular tooth bleaching technique involves having a dentist make a clear plastic tray that you can wear inconspicuously either during the day or at night.
Bleaching gel is placed in this tray, and, when it is given a period of time to soak into the teeth, it makes the teeth whiter. The gel is kept on the teeth for several hours a day for a week or two or more. The results of this treatment are dramatic, and the longer the tray with the gel is worn, the whiter your teeth become.
The dentist will monitor your progress with short follow-up appointments.
While this technique requires training beyond what may be taught in some dental schools, it isn’t difficult for a general dentist to obtain the training necessary to perform it adequately nor does it require artistic talent. So, while we recommend an expert cosmetic dentist for smile makeovers and other procedures requiring artistry, you can probably have your family dentist do teeth bleaching and get nice results. For specialized situations, however, it is probably best for a patient to see an expert cosmetic dentist, who will have training in all of its ramifications and the special situations.