Teeth whitening is a simple yet effective way to get rid of discolored, stained or dark teeth. Though it cannot change the color of your teeth completely, it may make the present shade lighter. It is amongst the most popular cosmetic dental procedure as it helps improve your teeth greatly. Teeth whitening is not a one-time process, it will have to be repeated from time to time for keeping your teeth bright and strong.
Teeth whitening is a kind of dentistry that should be performed only by a dentist or trained dental professional, such as a dental hygienist or dental therapist, on the instruction of a dentist.
If you want to have teeth whitening, you will need to make several visits to the dental surgeon for a couple of months. The dentist will create impression of your teeth to make a mouthguard and instruct you how to use it with a bleaching gel. You will apply the gel for a specific period, (say two to four weeks) regularly. Some whitening gels can be left for nearly eight hours, which lessens treatment period to one week.
Another kind of teeth whitening that a dentist can provide is called laser whitening or power whitening. In this process, a bleaching product is painted onto your teeth and a light or laser is applied on them to activate teeth whitening. Laser whitening usually takes nearly an hour to be done.
Your dentist will advise if teeth whitening are suitable for you. In case you have tooth ache or gum disease, then you may not be the right candidate for teeth whitening.
Teeth whitening is not permanent. They may last from a few months to nearly three years, however this may vary from person to person. The whitening effect will not last longer if you smoke, drink, consume tea or coffee that may cause stain to your beautiful teeth.
No, teeth whitening will not work on crowns, dentures, fillings or veneers.
You will not experience any discomfort when getting your teeth whitened by the dentist. Some people find their teeth and gums becoming more sensitive during the treatment, however you should use toothpaste particularly made for sensitive teeth to stop this. In rare cases, the teeth may become very sensitive during the treatment, but when the bleaching is stopped, your teeth will soon recover to normal.
Despite the treatment you choose, there is a possibility that your gums may become sensitive to certain chemicals used. However, teeth whitening can be considered a safe procedure and the bleaching agent used is equally safe for teeth and gums.