Teeth whitening can be a very effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surface. Teeth whitening lighten teeth also helps to remove stains and discoloration. Whitening is not a one-time procedure. It will need to be repeated from time to time if you want to maintain the brighter color. Whitening is among the most popular cosmetic dental procedures because it can greatly improve how your teeth look.
Why you need Teeth Whitening?
There are a number of reasons why you might get your teeth whitened.
Your teeth can also be stained on the surface by food and drinks such as tea, coffee, red wine and blackcurrant. Smoking can also stain teeth. ‘Calculus’ or tartar can also affect the color of your teeth. Some people may have staining under the surface, which can be caused by certain antibiotics or by tiny cracks in the teeth which take up stains.
What types of Teeth Whitening are Available at Our Clinic?
Your dentist will need to assess your teeth to make sure that you are suitable for the treatment.
Office bleaching is the most usual method of tooth whitening in our clinic. Once it has been agreed, this procedure usually takes about one hour. First the dentist will put a rubber shield or a gel on your gums to protect them. She/he will then apply the whitening product to your teeth. The ‘active ingredient’ in the product is usually hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. Then a light or laser is shone on the teeth to activate the chemical. The light speeds up the reaction of the whitening product and the color change can be achieved more quickly.
Another type of tooth whitening available in our clinic is known as home bleaching. The total treatment can usually be done within three to four weeks. First, you will need to visits to the dentist. Your dentist will take impression to make an individual mouth tray. Then She/he will do cleaning/scaling on your teeth. After that you will be given a home bleaching kit, you will need to continue the treatment at home. This means regularly applying the whitening product over two to four weeks, for 30 minutes to one hour at a time.
How long do our teeth remain white after Teeth Whitening Treatment?
The effects of whitening are thought to last up to three years. However, this will vary from person to person. The effect is less likely to last as long if you smoke, or eat or drink products that can stain your teeth. Ask your dental team for their opinion before you start the treatment.
What are the Side Effect?
Whitening is unlikely to cause serious side effects, although some people’s teeth may become more sensitive to cold during or after the treatment. Others may have discomfort in the gums, a sore throat or white patches on the gum line. These symptoms are usually temporary and should disappear within a few days of the treatment finishing. Women should not have their teeth whitened while pregnant.
If any of these side effects continue you should go to your dentist.
When might tooth whitening not work?
Tooth whitening can only lighten your existing tooth color. Also it only works on natural teeth. It will not work on any types of ‘false’ teeth such as dentures, crowns and veneers.
How can you look after?
You can help to keep your teeth white by cutting down on the amount of food and drinks you have that can stain teeth. Stop smoking can also help pre vent discoloration and staining. Brush your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day, with a sensitive toothpaste.