Tooth whitening can be a very effective way of lightening the natural color of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surfaces. It cannot produce a thorough color change, but it can lighten the tooth’s shade.
There are many reasons why you might want to get your teeth whitened. Very few people have brilliant-white teeth, and our teeth can become more discolored as we age. Your teeth can also be stained on the surface by food and drinks such as tea, coffee, and red wine. Smoking can also stain the teeth.
Tartar can also discolor your teeth. Some individuals may have staining under the surface of the teeth, which can be caused by certain antibiotics or by tiny cracks in the teeth which take up stains.
What does the tooth whitening process involve?
Professional bleaching is the most common tooth whitening technique. The dentist will determine if you are eligible for the treatment. The dentist will place a gel or rubber shield on your gums to protect them. Then, they will then apply the whitening substance to your teeth, by means of a specially made tray that fits into your mouth.
The active constituent of the product is usually hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. As the active ingredient is broken down, oxygen penetrates the enamel on the teeth, and the color is made lighter.
The full treatment can usually be completed within three to four weeks. It will also take two or three visits to the dentist. The specialist makes a mouthguard by taking impressions for this at the first appointment. You’ll need to regularly apply the whitening substance over two to four weeks, for 30 minutes to one hour at a time. However, there are now some new products which can be applied for up to eight hours at a time with satisfactory results experienced in as little as one week.
How long will the teeth stay whiter?
The whitening effects can last up to three years. However, this will vary from individual to individual. The effect will last longer long if you don’t smoke or eat or drink substances that can stain your teeth.
Are there any side effects?
Some people may find that their teeth become sensitive after the treatment. Others may experience discomfort in the gums or white patches on the gum line. These symptoms are usually temporary and should disappear after a few days.
What roles do whitening toothpaste play?
While there are several whitening toothpaste on the market, they may not affect the natural color of your teeth but may be effective at stain removal. Toothpaste may enhance the overall appearance of your teeth and maintain the desired effects once your teeth have been professionally whitened.
How can I take care of my teeth once they have been whitened?
- Let brushing your teeth be the last thing you do every night and brush at least one other time during the day, with fluoride toothpaste.
- Cutback on how often you take sugary foods and drinks.
- Visit your dentist regularly.