Teeth Whitening

Everyone wants fresh looking smile. Teeth whitening is removing stains and discoloration to sparkle your smile. No wonder tooth whitening is the most common cosmetic dental procedure.
Who needs it
Enamel is the outer layer of a tooth and determines the colour of your teeth. Coating on enamel and stains affect the colour of enamel. Improper brushing technique leading to damage to enamel exposes dentin and makes teeth look dull or yellow. The most common reasons for enamel to get stained are
  • Tea, Coffee, Cola
  • Red Wine
  • Tobacco
  • Smoking
Intrinsic reasons like excess fluoride during childhood, tetracycline, trauma can also lead to black tooth and it is difficult to treat it. Exposed roots of teeth which look yellow are also difficult to treat. Artificial teeth may also appear dull.
Teeth Whitening procedure
Whitening can be done at home with the help of whitening gel which needs to be applied daily. Results may be delayed since it contains a weaker whitening agent than the products used by dentist. Avoid overuse to prevent damage to your teeth and oral cavity. Sometimes it may not be completely successful. For more sparkling smile, you may need to visit dentist. Your dentist will try to find out the cause of discolouration and advice you accordingly. Sometimes simple cleaning with rotating brush and whitening gel helps to remove yellow film.
Vital Whitening
Vital whitening is performed when discolouration of teeth is caused by extrinsic reasons and when teeth have active nerves. Dentist applies powerful whitening gel to the tooth surface, followed by laser to activate the gel and fastening the bleaching process. To protects the gums, a substance is applied to cover them. Depending on severity of discolouration, you may need 1 to 3 appointments and sometimes special care at home. For whitening at home, your dentist will make customised mouthpieces that fit well around your teeth. At home, you will wear mouthpiece for few hours after filling it with a powerful whitening gel your dentist provides. A good fitting mouthpiece allows whitening agent to come in proper contact with your teeth. You may see the results in 1 to 4 weeks depending on severity of discoloration.
Non-Vital Whitening
Non-vital whitening is performed when the discolouration is caused by intrinsic reasons like a tooth with root-canal that no longer has a live nerve. Your dentist will place a whitening agent inside the tooth followed by a temporary filling over it. The tooth is left this way until the tooth reaches the desired shade.
Tooth Sensitivity after Tooth Whitening
Tooth whitening is very safe procedure and usually free of serious side effects. Albeit some may develop transient sensitive teeth or mild gum irritation. It can be managed with sensitivity toothpaste, chewing gum and taking the treatment break.
After care

Whitening is not a permanent solution nor a one-time procedure. You will need to care for your teeth and repeat the procedure regularly to maintain the brighter smile. Stains will come back early if you smoke or consume excess tea, coffee, cold drinks. To maintain brighter teeth for longer

  • Avoid coffee, tea, wine, cold drinks
  • Avoid chocolates
  • Avoid tobacco and smoking
  • Use a straw to drink beverages

A bright smile makes your day brighter. Give your smile to the one who needs it. And remember to give it bright.

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