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Tooth Bleaching: What we now know!

Saturday, April 15

9 AM - Noon

3 CDE Credits – DDS, DH, DA

About the Course

How current is your knowledge of bleaching products, appropriate concentrations and technique variations? What is the proper examination for any bleaching procedure? Which technique is safest,
cost-effective and efficacious? Explore tray bleaching, in-office bleaching and OTC bleaching based on published research and clinical experience, especially for children and older adults. Treatment for
discolorations such as brown and white spots and single dark teeth, as well as nicotine stains and tetracycline-stained teeth will be discussed.

This session will enable participants to:
- Discover bleaching examination components
- Understand hydrogen and carbamide peroxide differences
- Identify differences between tray, in-office and OTC products and techniques
- Discuss treatment options for brown & white discolorations, plus nicotine stains
- Review treatment of tetracycline-stained teeth and long-term safety
- Learn indications for different bleaching techniques and research support for each


Van Haywood, D.M.D.

Dr. Van B. Haywood is a professor in the Department of Restorative Sciences, Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University. Dr. Haywood retired from full-time teaching at the end of 2022 and was awarded Professor Emeritus. In 1989, he co-authored the first publication in the world on Nightguard vital bleaching (at-home tray bleaching) with Dr. Harald Heymann, and in 1997, he co-authored the first article on extended treatment (six-months) of tetracycline-stained teeth using this technique. He has completed further research and more than 145 publications on the tray-bleaching technique and the topic of bleaching and esthetics, including the first papers on treating bleaching sensitivity with potassium nitrate, direct thermoplastic tray fabrication, bleaching primary teeth and caries control with bleaching materials. Many of these articles are on his free website,

Conflict of Interest: Affiliation with Ultradent Products Inc.

Van Haywood, D.M.D.
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