Millions of people suffer from dental discoloration to varying degrees. Even those who brush, floss, and visit the dentist repeatedly may find that food, environmental factors, and the passage of time will eventually take their toll on the natural radiance of their teeth. Fortunately, professional teeth whitening are an incredibly effective way to lighten or altogether remove stains and achieve a naturally white smile. Tooth whitening can be a very valuable way of lightening the natural color of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surfaces. It cannot make a whole color change, but it may lighten the existing shade.
There are a number of reasons why you might get your teeth whitened. Everyone is different; and just as our hair and skin color vary, so do our teeth. Very few people have brilliant-white teeth, and our teeth can also become more discolored as we get older .Your teeth can also be stained on the surface by food and drinks such as tea, coffee, red wine and blackcurrant. Smoking can also stain teeth. ‘Calculus’ or tartar can also affect the color of your teeth. Some people may have staining under the surface, which can be caused by certain antibiotics or by tiny cracks in the teeth which take up stains.
Professional bleaching is the most common method of tooth whitening. Your dental team will be Capable to tell you if you are suitable for the treatment, and will supervise it if you are. First the dental team will put a rubber shield or a gel on your gums to protect them. They will then apply the whitening product to your teeth, using a especially made tray which fits into your mouth like a mouth guard.
The ‘active ingredient’ in the product is generally hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. As the active ingredient is broken down, oxygen gets into the enamel on the teeth and the tooth color is made lighter.
The total treatment can generally be done within three to four weeks. First, you will need two or three visits to the dentist. Your dental team will need to make a mouth guard and will take impressions for this at the first appointment. Once your dental team has started the treatment, you will need to continue the treatment at home. This means regularly applying the whitening product 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. This means you can get a satisfactory result in as little as one week.
FAQ About Dental Treatments
Make it fun! If you are excited about brushing your teeth, your children will also be enthusiastic. Children want to do the things their parents do. If your children observe you brushing your teeth and show good dental habits, they will follow.
Much illness of the teeth and surrounding tissues cannot be seen when the dentist examines the mouth. An X-ray examination may reveal:
- little areas of decay between the teeth or below existing restorations (fillings)
- infections in the bone
- periodontal (gum) disease
- abscesses or cysts
- developmental abnormalities
- some types of tumors
A mouth guard can stop damage to your face and teeth. Most people benefit from wearing a mouth guard when playing any sport. You should wear one whether you are playing professionally or just on weekends. Do what you can to preserve your smile and your health. The best mouth guards are custom-fitted by your dentist. This is especially important if you wear braces or fixed bridgework.