Brushing and flossing everyday keeps your teeth white, bright and healthy. However, with age, modern-day food and habits the natural colour may not last. A white, flawless set of teeth flashed when you smile, makes a great impression not just socially, but also improves your self-confidence and image. While home remedies, toothpastes and other dental products help you in making your teeth white, the process can be tedious and time consuming. There is a safe simple procedure available today, which offer teeth whitening a quick time and are used frequently by well-groomed men and women.
With time, your teeth can go from white to yellow colour for the reasons like:
Food and drink- Coffee, tea and red wine are some major staining culprits. Intense colour pigments called chromogens that attach to the white, outer part of your tooth (enamel).
Smoking – Tar and nicotine present in tobacco create stubborn stains. Tar is naturally dark. Nicotine is colourless until it’s mixed with oxygen. Then, it turns into a yellowish, surface-staining substance.
Age – With age, the outer enamel layer gets thinner with brushing and more of the yellowish soft area under enamel called dentin shows through.
Some medications – Medications Tooth darkening can be a side effect of certain antihistamines, antipsychotics and high blood pressure medications. Young children who are exposed to antibiotics like tetracycline and doxycycline when their teeth are forming (either in the womb or as a baby) may have discoloration of their adult teeth later in life. Chemotherapy and head and neck radiation can also darken teeth.
Fluorosis – The fluorine in the drinking water causes fluorosis which makes your teeth turn yellow and also makes them weak.
In teeth whitening products, tooth bleaches such as (hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide) are present. These bleaches break stains into smaller pieces, which makes the colour less concentrated and your teeth brighter.
Once you visit us Pradham dental for teeth whitening, our dentist for it will examine closely examine your teeth and let you if treatment is required. We will also check the overall condition of the teeth, health of the teeth and will ensure that your gums are healthy, post which our professionals will take this treatment further.
Cleaning the teeth will be the first step of your treatment process. Then they will put a rubber shield to protect your gums from caustic dental bleach. This is followed by applying the whitening solution. They will then apply the hydrogen peroxide-based whitening agent onto your teeth. 30-90 minutes shall elapse before the treatment is done.
At home one can used tooth pastes specially for tooth whitening, oil pulling and even usage of hydrogen peroxide which yield results but takes long time. The unavailability of mouthpiece trays makes it a difficult practice.
Also, at-home products usually contain a lower strength bleaching agent, with about a 10% to 22% carbamide peroxide content, which is equivalent to about 3% hydrogen peroxide. In-office, professionally applied tooth whitening products contain hydrogen peroxide in concentrations ranging from 15% to 43%.
Myth 1: Makes your teeth sensitive
During the process of bleaching, the teeth may become temporarily sensitive for a few patients who already have a history of sensitive teeth. However, our dentists have different gels that prevent the sensitivity during and after the treatment.Sometimes some amount of sensitivity can occur, but the magnitude of this varies from person to person. However, it just lasts for 24 to 48 hours. Also, our dentist will prescribe a desensitising gel or mouthwash which will take care of it.
After the procedure, you must follow the instructions that our dentist lists out for you. Do not take them for granted, because in the long run it may turn out to be detrimental to your dental health.
Myth 2: Harms the enamel
Teeth whitening treatments are absolutely safe and do not harm the tooth enamel unless the wrong proportions are used during the treatment. The dental industry has used it for over 20 years during which many advancements have taken place, making the bleaching gel absolutely safe in terms of change or damage to the structure of teeth.
Myth 3: It is painful
Teeth whitening treatments are safe and painless. However, the bleaching agent may cause discomfort if it touches the gums. To avoid this the dentist applies a gel between the gums and teeth called gingival barrier which will prevent the solution from touching the gums. In exceptional cases some customers may experience a minor ache in the first 10-12 hours following the treatment. Taking an over-the-counter pain medication can help resolve this discomfort.
Myth 4: To obtain satisfactory results, you have to visit a dentist
This was in the past. Today, one can obtain a teeth whitening treatment without too much of a hassle at a convenient local teeth whitening facility or dentist’s clinic. All the therapists are well trained and have thorough knowledge about the science of teeth whitening. The treatments offered in the city are quick and hassle free. Usual teeth whitening treatments offer customers teeth up to eight shades whiter in just 15 mins.
Myth 5: It could lead to mouth cancer
This is a myth. There is no scientific proof that teeth whiteners cause cancer.The effect of whitening will last for lesser time in smokers, betelnut (paan) chewers and those who drink a lot of tea/coffee.
Teeth whitening at home is a non-guarantee and too much of time consuming process. However, the following may yield few results.
These procedures and their goals are actually quite different. The primary goal of teeth cleaning is to remove plaque and tartar from the surface of the teeth, in order to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. The main objective of teeth whitening is to remove stains for cosmetic purposes. Teeth cleaning is important for the ongoing health of your teeth and gums, whereas teeth whitening procedures are purely cosmetic.
Professional teeth cleanings: Professional cleanings are typically performed by the expert our dental hygienists, who have been specially trained and licensed to clean and polish teeth. Our dentists generally recommend a thorough and professional cleaning every 6 months, though some patients may need cleanings more often if they are prone to decay or have a history of gum disease.
Tooth whitening: Teeth whitening is actually a group of procedures that can be conducted with the goal of yielding whiter, brighter teeth. Our expert dentists remove stains caused by coffee, red wine, smoking, and general exposure to food and plaque over a lifetime. These procedures do not have specific health benefits, but rather they are performed for cosmetic purposes.