What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is the process of using chemicals to restore your teeth’s original color or to make them a few shades whiter. This is done under the supervision of a dentist.
Who is eligible for teeth whitening?
Whitening treatments can be done on anyone whose teeth are fully grown in and who doesn’t have an allergy to the products used.
How is tooth whitening done?
Before whitening the teeth, a thorough intraoral exam is done. The amount and kind of coloring are chosen. During this examination, if problems with hygiene, like dental calculus, are found that will make the application less effective, they are fixed first.
There are two kinds of ways to bleach (whiten) your teeth: at home and in an office. The choice of which of these methods to use depends on what the patient wants.
How is office whitening done?
In office-based whitening, the dentist is the one who puts the bleach on. Before the application, a protective layer is put on the gums of the patient to keep the products from touching. After that, the surfaces of the teeth are dried, and then whiteners are put on them.
In this case, products with “hydrogen peroxide,” which is a bleaching agent, are used. These products can sometimes be used on their own, or they can be made better with the help of a number of light sources.
For bleaching (whitening) treatments done in an office, you need one or two sessions. About an hour is spent on each session.
How is home bleaching done?
In the home bleaching method, each person uses plates that have been made to fit their mouth. These plaques are made on models made from measurements of a patient’s mouth after problems like tartar, caries, and other similar issues have been fixed. Then, gels with a chemical called “carbamyl peroxide” are put on plates made by the doctor and given to the patient. The patient is told how to use the gels. Most home bleaching methods only need to be used for five to seven days. Between 4 and 8 hours a day should be spent on this app. One of the most important parts of this method is to use it in the way and in the amount that the doctor tells you to. If not, problems like teeth that are too sensitive could happen.
How do I whiten root canal treated teeth?
Teeth that have had a root canal become darker and less shiny over time. The methods for whitening these teeth differ from one another. With a special bur, the filling in the tooth’s canal is lowered a bit. Then, a special whitener is put inside the tooth and sealed with a temporary filling so it doesn’t leak into the mouth. This product stays in the tooth for no longer than one to two days. Then, when the tooth that had a root canal is white enough, the dentist removes the whitening product from the tooth and puts a filling on it to finish the treatment. One of the most important parts of this treatment method is to make sure that the whitening product doesn’t stay in the tooth for longer than the recommended time. Otherwise, the tooth may be damaged.
In which cases are bleaching applications not performed?
When the structure of the tooth enamel is wrong because of genes, whitening treatments may not work as well as desired. In these situations, it’s best to use treatments like bonding or laminate coatings.
When there are big fillings or a lot of tooth loss in the front teeth, whitening treatments can’t be used.
Whitening products only work on the tissues of your teeth. They can’t whiten fillings or coatings. Because of this, it is best to use porcelain applications in these kinds of situations.
When the dentin is sensitive, bleaching treatments are not a good idea because they will make the problem worse.
Whitening treatments must be performed after the teeth have fully grown in young people whose teeth are still growing.
The Benefits of Teeth Whitening
Everyone wants their teeth to be white and beautiful. But discoloration from inside or outside the mouth is a big problem that makes it hard to get the smile you want.
Even though there are no problems with the shape or alignment of the teeth that make them look bad, there are problems with the color that can make people unhappy with their smiles and cause social and psychological problems.
Tooth discoloration can sometimes be caused by deposits on the surface of the teeth, which can be easily removed by brushing and polishing the teeth. “External coloration” is the name for this kind of coloring. But sometimes, something called “internal discoloration” happens. This is when the color of the teeth happens in the deeper dental tissues. When your teeth are cleaned and polished, these stains are put on.
They can’t be taken off with a knife.
Problems with internal discoloration are easy to fix with whitening treatments for teeth called “bleaching.”
Dental Group Hospitadent has locations all over the country with modern equipment and trained staff to help people get whiter teeth and healthier smiles.
How long does the whitening process take?
The whitening process can be done all at once or over a few visits. The dentist determines how long this time is.
What should be considered during teeth whitening (bleaching) treatments?
Before whitening your teeth, you should take care of your oral health. If there are problems like gingivitis, dental calculus, or caries, they should be fixed before the teeth are whitened.
The color and shape of a person’s teeth are different for each person. Because of this, it’s important to remember that different people will have different levels of success with whitening products.
It is normal for the teeth to feel sensitive for a short time after the application, but this usually goes away in a few days. After bleaching, desensitizing products with fluorine and potassium nitrate can be used to make these sensitivities less noticeable. Tenderness and pain can sometimes last longer and be worse. In these situations, it might be necessary to stop the bleaching process. When whitening products are used in higher doses and for longer periods of time than recommended, this makes the teeth more sensitive and may damage them. Because of this, it is very important that the dentist be in charge of the times, products, and amounts used.
During and after teeth whitening, the tooth enamel becomes more porous. This means that the teeth are more likely to get stained for a while. Because of this, you shouldn’t eat or drink things that can make your teeth more yellow, like tea, coffee, cigarettes, and foods and drinks with food dyes, during and for about two weeks after whitening treatments.
Why are teeth discolored?
Teeth can become very discolored after using colored foods and drinks, like tea, coffee, and cigarettes, for a long time.
If your teeth are darker than usual, it could be because of your genes or something that happened when you were in the womb.
Some drugs and chemicals can make your teeth darker if you use them. If you don’t pay enough attention to your oral hygiene, your teeth can change color, and your gums and teeth can get sick.
Some teeth that have had a root canal may lose their natural color and get darker over time.
Will teeth that have been bleached become colored again?
The way a person’s teeth change color and how often they need to be whitened depends on their habits and what they eat and drink. When people take good care of their teeth and pay attention to what they eat and drink, their teeth can stay white for a long time.
However, if you consistently consume items that can cause teeth to become discolored, such as tea, coffee, and cigarettes, and do not maintain good oral hygiene, your teeth can change color again in a short period of time.
Dental Group Hospitadent is there for you with all of its locations and expert physician staff for all of your oral and dental health problems, including bleaching.