at-home tooth bleaching

at-home tooth bleaching

The lightening or whitening of discolored teeth, using a bleaching gel. Carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide are common bleaching agents used for this purpose in concentrations ranging from 3% to 25%. Treatment must be carefully monitored to avoid overbleaching and damage to surrounding soft tissue.

CAUTION!

Bleaching agents must not be placed on exposed root surfaces or soft tissue.
See also: tooth bleaching
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Table 2 shows the color change values ([DELTA]E) of the studied groups (at-home tooth bleaching, in-office tooth bleaching, and control) and the delta values relative to the coordinates analyzed after performing the bleaching treatments.
(12) The success of bleaching treatment with 10% CP and the increasing number of patients requesting whitening treatment have stimulated the marketing of OTC products for at-home tooth bleaching. (5) This class of products appeared first in the USA around 2000, as an alternative to treat tooth discoloration at a lower cost than that of traditional professionally prescribed/oriented products.
The popularity of at-home tooth bleaching systems gained momentum in 1989, following a published research study in Quintessence International, by Harald O.