All About Vital Whitening

Vital Whitening

Tooth whitening treatments are among the most sought-after treatments in dentistry. Everybody wants a brighter, whiter smile, and the teeth whitening systems in the market now are among the best that have ever been available. Essentially, there are two types of teeth whitening options: vital or non-vital whitening. Vital whitening is a treatment that is done on teeth with live nerves. Non-vital whitening is done on teeth that have undergone a root canal and no longer have a live nerve.


Preparing Your Teeth for Vital Whitening

To get the best results, patients should prepare their teeth for the process. Keep in mind, some oral diseases or other dental problems can influence the outcome of teeth whitening. For instance, if your tooth is decayed, the whitening gel may enter the inside of the tooth, which is not what this product is designed to do. Additionally, if you suffer from gum disease, the exposed discolored teeth will not be impacted by whitening.

If you have parceling or veneers, whitening will not work on them. If your teeth are already compromised in any way, then the whitening system will only make your teeth more sensitive. You and your dentist will want to be sure that the current state of your teeth is in the best possible shape to undergo whitening treatment.


How Vital Whitening is Performed

The most typical type of vital whitening includes a gel that has hydrogen peroxide in it. Typically, patients can choose to either have the whitening treatment done at the dentist’s office or at home. There is usually an advantage to doing it at the dentist’s office because they can apply a stronger gel to your teeth. The take-home treatment plan is just as effective, but it may take a little longer the achieve the desired results.

Some whitening agents require a laser light in order to activate the ingredients. Your dentist will apply the gel and then place the light on the teeth. Individuals with significantly discolored teeth may be required to have an in-office treatment followed by additional at-home treatments.

If you choose the take-home option, then you’ll be given special trays to place the gel inside. You’ll be instructed to wear the trays for a specific amount of time over several days. Some patients will experience results in a week or two, but most people require up to four weeks in order to achieve prime results.

You’ll likely notice that there are several over-the-counter options that may be tempting to use. While some of these products will yield results, none of them are as strong as what your dentist can offer you. You’ll achieve results faster and likely spend less money than you would on products that take much longer to work.


Potential Side Effects

Teeth whitening is considered a safe procedure that will give patients their desired results. Many patients do not experience any kind of side effects at all. However, some people indicate that their gums and teeth are sensitive for a short period of time following the whitening treatment. Some people have also reported gum sensitivity. It is suggested that pregnant women do not receive whitening treatment until after they give birth. This is because there is no proper research conducted to rule out any potential effects on a developing fetus.


Everybody deserves a gorgeous smile that they can be proud of! Are you interested in Vital Whitening? Please contact our office today to schedule a consultation. We are more than happy to discuss this tooth whitening option and determine if you are a good candidate for the treatment. We look forward to hearing from you!