Home Bleaching

Home bleaching refers to whitening teeth at home. Teeth whitening at home may be done by several methods including home bleaching kits, whitening toothpastes or over-the-counter bleaching kits.


Types of Home Bleaching

Dentist Office Home Bleaching Kit

Home bleaching kits consists of whitening gel that is applied to your teeth by a bleaching trays. Only the teeth to be bleached are covered by the gel. Home bleaching kits dispense by your dentists consists of whitening gel with a customized tray after a checkup.


Over the Counter Home Bleaching Kit
Over-the-counter bleaching kits or OTC may be bought in stores but do not have a customized tray. There are considerations factors between OTC bleaching kits, dentists' dispensed bleaching kit or whitening toothpaste when choosing home bleaching.
Whitening Toothpaste
Tooth Whitening Toothpaste

Whitening toothpastes contains contain peroxide, the same ingredient found in tooth bleaching gels. Whitening toothpastse however cannot alter the natural color of teeth or reverse discoloration by penetrating surface stains or decay. Whitening toothpaste typically a longer time of weeks for teeth to appear more white as compared to home bleaching kits.


For faster results, in office bleaching or power bleach would be the alternative. It takes just one hour of your time in the dental clinic to professionally lighten your teeth.


Home bleaching kits dispensed at BIDC dentists office is Opalescence at-home whitening system.



Benefits of Home Whitening

  • Home whitening can done in privacy at home


Procedure for Home Bleaching Treatment

  1. First evaluation and Individual customised trays made
    • at the dental office, patients are scheduled for a tray fitting where impressions or molds of the upper and lower teeth are taken
    • from the impressions, customised trays are formed
  2. Application instructions are given along with syringes of whitening gel
    • the customised trays are delivered and tested for proper fit
    • instruction on the application of gel and how to wear the tray is then given
  3. The tray and whitening gel are worn for several hours over a period of time as prescribed by your dentist


Recovery Expectations

Some people who undergo home bleaching may experience some sensitivity in their teeth. Sensitivity from at home whitening will dissipate after a 1-2 day rest between whitening applications.


Postcare Instructions for Home Bleaching Kit

  1. Avoid consuming color-staining foods and drinks such as coffee, tea, red wine, coke, etc. as well as smoking for at least one week
  2. Proper oral hygiene care should be carried out to maintain and avoid diminished whitening results
  3. If experiencing some sensitivity in teeth after tooth whitening
    • Avoid hot, cold or acidic food and beverages
    • Pain medication be taken as directed as long as there is no medical contradiction based upon your medical history
    • Use flouride rinse and toothpaste for sensivity teeth
  4. If experiencing some sensitivity in teeth for take-home bleaching
    • Wear the tray for a shorter period of time (for example, two 30-minute sessions vs. two 60-minute sessions)
    • Stop whitening your teeth for two to three days to allow your teeth to adjust to the whitening process



Care for Whitened Teeth

Simply follow good oral hygiene practices for home bleaching similiar to that of in-office teeth whitening :

  • Brush at least twice a day. It is good practice to brush after eating and before bedtime.
  • Floss at least once to twice a day.
  • Rinse with fluoride rinse before bed. Swish the fluoride rinse vigorously in your mouth for at least one minute. Do not swallow any of the rinse and do not eat or drink anything for 30 minutes
  • Be careful about chewing toffees, gum, grainy rolls and tough food in this area
  • See your dentist for regular professional check-ups and cleanings


Related Information to Home Bleaching

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Goto section on Tooth Whitening
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Goto section on Zoom Tooth Whitening and Laser Tooth Whitening
Goto section on Teeth Whitening Fees
Goto website on Teeth Whitening in Bangkok