Teeth whitening or bleaching refers to a simple and non-invasive treatment used by dental professionals to improve the color of natural tooth enamel and give you a brighter smile.
Because getting whiter teeth is now an important goal of most people, there are now various teeth whitening solutions. The most popular method is the use of ‘home teeth whitening kit.’
Since only natural tooth enamel can be whitened, it’s important to revisit replacement of any old crowns, fillings, etc. When bleaching is complete, replacement of any restoration will be done so they will blend well with the newly bleached teeth.
Teeth whitening solutions do not give permanent results. You may need to do a touch-up once in a few years, and more frequently if you smoke, drink wine, tea, or coffee.
Reasons for teeth whitening:
- Normal wear of outer tooth layer
- Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development)
- Stained teeth as a result of medications (tetracycline, etc.)
- Brown, yellow stained teeth
What does teeth whitening involve?
This particular type of teeth whitening can be done in two visits. During the first appointment, your teeth impressions will be made to create custom, clear, plastic, trays.
Your second appointment is when you will try on the trays to get the best fit. You will have to wear the trays with the special whitening solution either overnight for a few weeks or twice daily for 30 minutes depending on the degree of whiteness you want. You may experience some tooth sensitivity after the whitening procedure, but it will improve when you stop bleaching.
You will be given care instructions for your teeth and trays. You will also be advised to visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a healthy, beautiful and white smile.