Teeth Whitening Process
Teeth whitening process is a process involving the whitening of the colored formations in the porous structure of the teeth, by using an oxygen-derived whitening gel. Because yellowing and discoloration in the teeth bother people, the color of the teeth may be whitened easily by means of this method. Those who have decayed teeth or gingival disease in their mouth are recommended to be treated for these problems, before the teeth whitening process. Teeth whitening process is not recommended to non-adult people, pregnant women, and nursing mothers.
Most people want to change their natural tooth color, in order to look better. For those who are bothered about the color change in the teeth that occur as a result of long-term consumption of foods, it is very normal to demand a teeth whitening process. Most people think that it is a difficult procedure. However, this process can be carried out both at home and in the office of the dentist. Teeth whitening processes carried out at home provide a change in the color of the teeth, although a little bit less than that can be achieved in the dentist’s office. In a clinical practice performed by the dentist, the desired results can definitely be achieved.
What are the causes for discoloration of the teeth?
Discoloration of the teeth may occur due to structural imperfections in the teeth, antibiotics used in the womb or during childhood, and fluorine in water. Stains that got into the tooth’s structure, which cannot be removed by brushing the teeth, are defined to be internal discoloration. Teeth whitening is partially useful for people with such problems. Discolorations that occur on the outer surfaces of the teeth due to various reasons such as foods, tobacco, tea, and coffee are the problems defined to be external discoloration; and the teeth returns to the desired whiteness through the cleaning of tatars followed by a whitening process. You dentist will take the right decision about how the discoloration on the teeth can be eliminated.
What are the teeth whitening methods?
Power bleaching: This process to be carried out by your dentist takes approximately 10 minutes. The application that allows for bleaching the color of the teeth up to 5 to 6 tones by means of a whitening gel and light provides an effective teeth whitening. If the desired color tone could not be achieved, it can be achieved in the teeth by a second 10-minute application.
Home bleaching: In this method that you can apply at home by yourself, the teeth are whitened by gels received through mouthpieces, which are specially prepared for you. In the method applied for 5 to 7 days, the desired whiteness can be achieved at the end of that period. The mouthpieces attached to the mouth during the process must be kept attached for 4 to 8 hours at night.
Does teeth whitening have any side effects?
Products used for teeth whitening process, which contain 10% bleaching solution, are harmless. Nevertheless, whitening gel in use is known to cause a little bit sensitivity. After the application, a little sensitivity may be felt when the teeth are exposed to heat or cold for a certain time. In sensitivities that last more than 24 hours, the use of teeth whitening products are recommended to be ceased. In such a case, you can consult your dentist, and use fluoride, creams and toothpastes that he/she recommends. Toothpastes that contain potassium nitrate are effective in relieving the sensitivity in the teeth.
How long does the effect of teeth whitening last?
The effect of teeth whitening may last for 6 months to 2 years, depending on the tooth structures in individuals. Whitening process becomes longer lasting when applied to those who pay attention to their foods and the cleaning of their teeth. It would be useful if foods that may change the color of the individual is avoided for at least two weeks after the whitening process. After the teeth whitening treatment, avoiding excessive consumption of foods and drinks that may adversely affect the tooth color, such as tobacco, tea, coffee and wine, help the treatment results to effective for a longer period of time.