Teeth whitening is also known as teeth bleaching.
It is all about improving and revitalising the smile.
Coffee, tea, smoking and other eating habits discolour teeth, making them darker.
Whitening highlights the teeth and reveals a much-desired smile.
It also boosts a person's confidence.
Depending on the original colour and shade, teeth whitening will give different results.
Some aspects to consider before whitening:
Nowadays there are many products on the market for teeth whitening.
The safest way is to have the whitening done under the supervision of a dental professional.
There is chair side (in office whitening) and at home whitening.
These two procedures can be monitored and evaluated by your dentist. It is important to stop the procedure immediately if side effects occur such as extreme sensitivity or gum damage.
Chair side whitening is done by your dentist and usually takes one treatment session. The gums are protected and the whitening gel is applied to the teeth. The teeth are then exposed to a high-density light to activate and speed up the whitening reaction. The patient will be able to see the results immediately.
If your teeth have been examined by a dentist and declared healthy, you can search the market for over the counter whitening products. You may find a system that is easy to use and that may give you satisfactory results.
Home whitening has become very popular among patients.
You can have home whitening done with the help of your dentist or by ordering home whitening kits.
This type of whitening may take up to two weeks for the whitening to take effect and to reach a desired result.
As explained before, it is recommended to have your teeth examined by a dentist before you decide to use a home whitening kit.
Whitening has been proven to be safe if used in moderation.
The high concentration of Hydrogen peroxide or Carbamide Peroxide cleans the stains from the outer surface of the enamel. If the chemicals are used extensively they can weaken the enamel and make it brittle.
To avoid this, you can treat the teeth with high concentration Fluoride gel or toothpastes. The best way is to apply Fluoride gel in a custom made tray that is usually worn during the night.
Remember: Despite being more expensive, having your teeth whitened professionally is always the safest way to do it.
Whitening is not the only way of enhancing your smile. Teeth straightening or crowns and veneers can sometimes be the answer to your prayers.
Good luck with your new smile.
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