Teeth Whitening or bleaching is a simple, non-invasive cosmetic dentistry treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.
Teeth whitening is one of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures. Approximately one third of Americans used a method of teeth whitening. It’s not particularly hard to understand why – we consume a large variety of food and drink that stains our teeth. Due to hurried lifestyles, some don’t have the time to care about their teeth as much as they should, so they discolor over time.
Tooth whitening can consist of various methods. The most common method that is first used is dental cleaning. The dentist simply removes the plaque, debris, stains, tartar and other material in an attempt to restore the natural shade of the tooth. In lots of cases this is enough and the patient leaves satisfied. Teeth whitening is ideal for people who have healthy, unrestored teeth (no fillings).
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This is the term used when combining one or more dental treatments to enhance the appearance of your smile.
- In-chair teeth whitening generally involves the application of a whitening.
- Take-home teeth whitening requires a set of custom made trays to fit your teeth.
- Factors such as smoking, poor oral hygiene and diet can affect the longevity of the results.
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Crowns are needed when a tooth has a significant amount of structural damage and a normal filling would not be adequate.
- Heavily filled teeth that have broken or that are likely to break in the near future.
- Teeth with old amalgam fillings often crack around the filling causing pain when chewing.
The need for Teeth whitening can be attributed to a variety of factors.
1) The effects of coffee, tea, wine, and other substances that permanently stain or discolor teeth.
2) Medications such as antibiotics like Tetracycline may discolor teeth.
3) Fluorosis, a condition caused by absorbing too much fluoride, could affect tooth color.
4) Aging also causes teeth to loose their bright, white color over time.
Bleaching is typically done with hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. Dentists use concentrated solutions but also apply protective layers to the gums to minimize the risk of irritation and chemical burns. Bleaching is most effective for yellow discolored teeth. Greyish teeth may require special bleaching trays. For persistent staining that cannot be removed, dental veneers are also an attractive option.
Before commencing with the procedure, the dentists usually ask you what shade you would wish to have. This is done to determine the amount and length of bleaching, as well as to give you, the patient, a realistic picture of what you can expect. Some individuals come for bleaching even if their teeth are white enough and cannot be improved further – a condition termed “bleachorexia”.
The procedure doesn’t last too long, within an hour it should be finished and you can enjoy smiling with your pearly white teeth the same day.
You may have heard about home teeth whitening kits that are purported to whiten just as well as the dentists do. That is simply not true, as the concentrations of peroxides are markedly lower and various studies have shown that the kits have no discernible effect – aside from leaving you with a hole in your pocket. Most of these at-home whitening methods present a risk of damage to enamel. If improperly used, irritation and damage to the gums may occur. That’s why it is best to leave this to the professionals.
At best, whitening toothpastes provide a short-term benefit, but they don’t use bleaching chemicals. Instead, they rely on abrasive particles in the toothpaste that removes stains and debris from the surface of your teeth. They do not really change the underlying color of your teeth and long-term use may result in irritation and sensitivity.
While bleaching is a great method of improving the appearance of your teeth and carries very little risk of side effects, there are certain limitations that apply to bleaching. Teeth whitening cannot improve the appearance of amalgams, crowns and other fillings. People with sensitive teeth should also avoid bleaching. The procedure is not recommended for children under the age of 16. Some sensitivity right after treatment is expected but should subside within a day or two.
Teeth whitening is not permanent. If you avoid food and drink that stains your teeth and take care of your teeth, going a year or more is very much possible. Those with “bad” habits may feel the need to whiten again after as little as a month or two. With at least a little care, half a year is realistic before needing to do touch up treatments again. Smoking is one of the major factors affecting discoloration – there is yet another benefit of giving it up.
Teeth whitening is a great, safe option of improving the appearance of your teeth without breaking the bank. It also isn’t invasive at all, unlike some other cosmetic dentistry procedures like veneers.
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