Why would I need teeth whitening?
Teeth yellow with age and can become stained on the surface through daily exposure to food and drinks such as tea and coffee. Tartar or calculus can also affect the coloration of the teeth. Some people may have internal staining which may have been caused by certain antibiotics during teeth development or minute cracks in the teeth.
Is dental whitening for you?
Naturally, prior to any treatment, a thorough examination and diagnosis should be performed. Scaling and polishing are recommended before teeth whitening is performed. The success of teeth whitening depends on the cause of discoloration, how long the teeth have been discolored and other factors. Anyone with teeth which are stained from age, coffee, tea or smoking are ideal candidates for teeth whitening.
Patients with healthy, natural, and unfilled teeth often achieve good results. Teeth darkened with extrinsic or surface stains respond better to bleaching than teeth with deep, intrinsic discoloration caused by Fluoride or Tetracycline. These types of stains are unlikely to produce dramatic results. Bleaching is generally not recommended for sensitive or worn teeth; teeth with large fillings or crowns; and teeth affected by gum disease.
What is teeth whitening? What are the steps for teeth whitening?
- Teeth whitening is a procedure to lighten the natural color of your teeth without removing any tooth structure.
- Whitening options include in-office whitening and using teeth whitening trays and gels.
In-office Teeth Whitening offers good results. This procedure is performed in the dental clinic in just over an hour. It is more costly, however, the time you can save by having immediate results makes this option appealing. A protective gel layer is placed on your gums adjacent to the teeth and hardened. Then the whitening gel is applied on your teeth.
Teeth Whitening Home Kits take longer to achieve the desired results than in-office bleaching but they are more convenient in terms of time and more cost effective. Teeth-Whitening Gel (about a third of a tube) is applied on the tray according to the dentist instructions. After placing in the mouth, any excess gel which has flowed out should be wiped away gently. Depending on the concentration of the gel, these clear trays are usually worn a couple of hours a day or overnight and it usually takes a couple of weeks before results are noticeable.