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Bleaching VS. Teeth Whitening: What’s The Difference?

As a general rule of thumb, the term “bleaching” normally applies to at-home and in-surgery procedures that essentially brighten the colour of your teeth beyond their natural starting point through a bleaching agent like hydrogen peroxide. Teeth whitening, on the other hand, refers to restoring a tooth’s enamel to its original colour by removing the plaque and stain with at-home over-the-counter whitening toothpastes or mouthwashes.

If you teeth are stained or discoloured, chances are you have gone to some length to achieve a whiter, brighter smile, perhaps you’ve experimented with the variety of toothpastes or whitening strips on the market today, purchased some of the home bleaching kits sold in drugstores and supermarkets, or in an attempt to draw attention away from your teeth, cultivated a year-around tan or accentuated your clothing or hairstyle.

Unfortunately, many of these efforts ultimately fall short. Today however, there is no need to suffer from social embarrassment because of stained teeth. Suitable cosmetic dental treatment can provide both predictable and positive long-lasting result.

There are a number of reasons that teeth stain. Food, beverages, and medication may discolour teeth. Smoking or forgetting to brush and floss on a regular basis may also lead to staining, In other cases, discolouration may be result of genetics or disease.

Bleaching irrefutably whitens the teeth; however it doesn’t stop it from continuing to get smudged and grey. Bleaching is best for individuals whose stains vary in shade from yellow to brown, and are caused by peripheral influences as contrasted to stains within the teeth. Bleaching kits incorporate peroxide which improves removal equally deep and surface discolorations. The following whitening progression comprises non-bleaching chemicals that act by chemical action to help eliminate exterior discolorations only.

Having your teeth professionally polished can eliminate many minor surface stains; however, extensive or intrinsic stains such as white splotches on the enamel surface may require more in depth treatment such tooth bleaching.

Of all the different types of bleaching that are available , in-surgery treatment offer the fastest results because they use bleach of a much higher strength in a controlled environment under supervision. The legal limit for over-the counter treatments, like whitening strips, for example is less the 0.1 percent hydrogen peroxide, while the cosmetic dentists use hydrogen peroxide of much greater strength (10-15%), which is great for keeping your smile white once you have reached your ideal shade.

Over-the -counter kits are currently restricted by EU regulations to 0.1 per cent.

Make the Most of Bleaching!

– If possible , sit or lie in the sunlight with your mouth open after bleaching, as the tooth structure will actually absorb some of the sun’s ray ,which allows the bleach to continue working

– When performing home bleaching, avoid consuming juices, soft drinks and citrus fruits, these products can slow down the tooth whitening process and cause irritation.

– Reduce your intake of sugar white bleaching to reduce the risk of decay

– If you bleach only your upper teeth first, you can monitor your progress by comparing the lightened upper teeth to stained lower teeth

– If you have both crowns and natural teeth that you want lightened, be sure to bleach your teeth first. Your dentist then can match a new crown to your lighter natural teeth.

If you are looking to make over your smile, tooth bleaching is the easiest place to start. A bright beaming smile gives the illusion of perfection; simply by bleaching your teeth so that they are all one shade, people will notice the white, even colour of your smile more than anything else, creating a picture-perfect look.

A vibrant smile is an asset everyone desires, which can now be easily attained through teeth whitening. At Preston Dental care we have the latest in Tooth Whitening techniques using different approaches for all sensitive teeth. If you have any questions or concerns regarding teeth whitening, please visit