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What is the process for tooth whitening at the dentist office?

The whitening procedure at the dentist office is different than that for over-the-counter products. When having your teeth whitened by the dentist, your gums are covered with a solution to protect them. Next, a chemical gel solution is put on your teeth. This solution helps to whiten or bleach your teeth using hydrogen or carbamide peroxide. You may also have a light shown on your teeth which is designed to make the bleaching agent work better. Tooth whitening lasts 30 to 90 minutes each visit, and may require two to ten visits over a period of time.

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