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Harald O. Heymann

Friday, September 23, 9:15-9:40

The Great White Hype: The Facts and Fallacies of Vital Bleaching

Lecture Description: 

Whiter and brighter teeth: do OTC personal whitening systems work? What about whitening toothpastes? Is light-enhanced bleaching the answer or is nightguard vital bleaching still the best way to go? This presentation will provide sensible answers to these and many other questions regarding the controversial area of vital tooth bleaching. Hear a review of the many bleaching materials and techniques. Get the FACTS based on research, not anecdote, opinion, and hype.


Following attendance to this course, the participant should be able to:
• Describe the various types of dental whitening products and include the pros and cons of each.
• Identify the various means by which in-office bleaching materials can legitimately be enhanced.
• Relate the various types of clinical procedures related to vital tooth bleaching and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
• Describe the various types of concerns that exist with regards to vital bleaching and discuss research findings related to each.

About presenter: 

Dr. Heymann is Professor in Operative Dentistry at the UNC School of Dentistry. He is a Fellow in the ICD, ACD, Academy of Dental Materials, and is a Fellow and Past-President of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry. He is the author of over 185 scientific publications, has given over 1,200 lectures worldwide, is Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry, and has received the Gordon J. Christensen Award for excellence as a CE speaker