It can be devastating for individuals that would like a bright and vibrant smile to realize that daily brushing and flossing may not be enough to accomplish the level of brightness that they would like. This makes professional teeth whitening and bleaching two of the most highly sought after treatments for individuals of all ages. The teeth whitening industry has exploded in recent years, and that is why everyone should understand the differences between teeth whitening and bleaching, how these treatments are carried out, and which individuals may benefit from these services.

There are two kinds of staining that can affect the appearance of the teeth. Less typical is the intrinsic staining that takes place below the dentin and enamel layers of the teeth. Intrinsic staining can come about because of decaying pulp, damage to the teeth, the drugs that one takes, or even genetics. This type of discoloration will require the use of veneers or other options in order to restore a smile.

Much more common is the discoloration that takes place on the outside of teeth on the enamel and dentin layers. No matter how often an individual brushes and flosses, many of the foods that are consumed will slowly change the appearance of the teeth. For these individuals, bleaching and whitening techniques will be able to restore the natural luster of the teeth.

Many bleaching and whitening services use a peroxide-based solution that is applied directly to the teeth. Before this occurs though, dentists will need to completely examine the patient's mouth in order to make sure that there are no major abnormalities that could affect the final results. For some of the most advanced systems, a specialty lamp is used to speed up the process. The solution will release oxygen molecules that will penetrate deep into the teeth and lift even the toughest of stains.

The main difference between bleaching and whitening methods comes down to the level of whiteness. The ADA classifies teeth whitening as any treatment that will lighten the color of teeth to their natural brightness. Bleaching, on the other hand, will brighten teeth beyond their natural color. Both of these procedures should be carried out by an experienced dentist in order to achieve maximum results. Home kits or services that are not carried out by a professional could permanently damage both the teeth and gums.

When the patient's teeth have been whitened or bleached, they will only need to carry out necessary oral hygiene habits including brushing, flossing, and the use of mouth wash every single day. In addition to brushing and flossing, many dentists will also offer individuals the use of custom mouth guards with a whitening bleach or solution that can be used at home to continue the whitening process in the following weeks and months.

Northridge Dental Group offers teeth whitening and teeth bleaching for patients who would like to get brighter, whiter teeth.