What is Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening is a very popular and desired elective dental treatment and more and more people are becoming increasingly aware about this cosmetic dentistry procedure. Having a beautiful, bright smile is what everyone desires, as it makes a person look younger, feel more confident and vibrant. Teeth whitening is also very commonly referred to as bleaching and is one of the most requested options by patients visiting our dental clinic.
Why are my teeth not white?
There could be a number of reasons for teeth to be discoloured. With age, teeth naturally tend to discolour, appear dull or become yellowish. This can get further pronounced by ingesting certain foods and beverages which have staining elements. Of course habits like chewing tobacco and smoking will most certainly deleteriously affect the color of teeth. Some other common causes for a Teeth to get discoloured is either some kind of trauma or an infection or some specific medications that may have been taken during the formative years of the teeth which are discoloured.
How do I Make Them White?
Teeth whitening can be performed in the dental practice or even at home. Your dentist is the best person to guide you for the most appropriate option for you. Please note that Teeth whitening is not a one-time treatment. It will probably need to be repeated after 1 to 2 years to maintain the brightness.
Teeth Whitening in Office
Our experts will first check your mouth for any cavities or problems that may prevent best results from whitening. Once that is done, your teeth will be cleaned and polish. This helps in quick and long lasting results from the whitening. Your gums will be covered and protected during the treatment. A whitening gel is applied all over your teeth, this gel causes a chemical reaction and makes your teeth brighter. Depending on the brightness desired this step is repeated 2-4 times. Usually a shade jump of 6-8 is achieved in the one-hour appointment.
Teeth Whitening at Home
The most common method for home Teeth whitening is to visit your dentist and get a personalized bleaching tray fabricated. The dentist will take an impression of your teeth and get this tray made for you. The whitening gel is then loaded into the tray, a drop of gel for each Teeth and the tray is then placed on your teeth. The tray will fit snugly since it has been specially made for you. It has to be kept in the mouth for the appropriate time duration depending on the strength of the gel. The tray could be worn at any point of time in the day or even overnight. It usually takes about 7 to 10 days of application to achieve the final results. The custom tray ensures that the gel coats the Teeth surface intimately and thereby functions with maximum efficacy. Of course it also means that you have to visit your dental professional to get this custom tray fabricated.