Tooth whitening lightens teeth and helps to remove stains and discoloration. Whitening is among the most popular cosmetic dental procedures because it can greatly improve how your teeth look. Most dentists perform tooth whitening.
Whitening is not a one-time procedure. It will need to be repeated from time to time if you want to maintain the brighter color.
What It’s Used For
The outer layer of a tooth is called the enamel. The color of natural teeth is created by the reflection and scattering of light off the enamel, combined with the color of the dentin under it. Your genes affect the thickness and smoothness of the enamel. Thinner enamel allows more of the color of the dentin to show through. Having smoother or rougher enamel also affects the reflection of light and therefore the color.
Every day, a thin coating (pellicle) forms on the enamel and picks up stains. Tooth enamel also contains pores that can hold stains.
The most common reasons for teeth to get yellow or stained are:
Using tobacco Drinking dark-colored liquids such as coffee, cola, tea and red wine Not taking good care of your teeth
Aging makes teeth less bright as the enamel gets thinner and the dentin becomes darker.
It is also possible to have stains inside the tooth. These are called intrinsic stains. For example, intrinsic stains can be caused by exposure to too much fluoride as a child while teeth are developing. Other causes include tetracycline antibiotics. They can stain a child’s teeth if taken by a mother during the second half of pregnancy or by a child who is 8 years old or younger. Teeth are still developing during these years. Trauma may also darken a tooth.
Tooth whitening is most effective on surface (extrinsic) stains.
What is the NEED FOR TEETH WHITENING?
The enamel which reflects the natural color of your tooth can stain or dentin which is the inner surface of teeth stains and yellows the teeth. The causes of tooth discoloration are varied. Though many causes can be prevented yet there are some which are not in control. The causes of discoloration are:
- Consuming tea, coffee, wine, cola frequently
- Smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco
- High intake of fluoride during childhood
- Damage of developing permanent teeth due to accident or trauma
- Aging can also contribute to staining of teeth as with age the enamel gets thinner exposing the dentin below. With age, the dentin come in contact with certain food and beverage and can stain your teeth
- Certain medical treatments can also contribute to staining of teeth
The process of Teeth Whitening clears the stain and make your teeth look whiter. However, one should keep in mind that the results may vary from person to person.
Biolase Laser Whitening
Are you dreaming of beautiful white teeth but worried about how a professional whitening will affect your tooth sensitivity? With Biolase Laser Whitening at Surabhi Dental, you can experience a significantly whiter smile without sensitivity.
At Surabhi Dental, we see patients who really want whiter teeth but are anxious about the procedure based on one of the side effects of a traditional tooth whitening—tooth sensitivity.
Many patients worry about how the procedure will affect their already existing tooth sensitivity, or if it will create tooth sensitivity for a patient who has never experienced it before.
When you visit us at Surabhi Dental, we use Biolase Laser Whitening because patients have minimal to no sensitivity after the procedure. This is especially helpful for patients that regularly experience sensitivity. This system is effective yet much more gentle than other systems on the market. Our patients have been loving it!
Biolase Laser Whitening makes it possible for patients of all different sensitivity levels to enjoy spectacular white teeth without the risk of accruing tooth sensitivity.
HOW DOES TEETH WHITENING WORKS?
Your dentist will first photograph your teeth which will help to know the progress of the treatment. This is also used to examine your tooth and figure out the stains. After examining the tooth dentist will start by cleaning the tooth. He will remove the film on your enamel coated due to the food you eat or due to other substances. The whitening process begins after this. The entire process takes around 30-90 mins depending upon the severity of the stains on teeth. Your dentist will cover the gums and will then apply the whitening agent on teeth. Some whitening agents require laser lights on them and if your teeth are badly stained then your dentist will suggest you continue the process at home for a few days. You can also opt for home whitening treatment, in this, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and will make a custom fit mouthpiece. This helps the whitening agent to stay intact on your teeth. One can also buy over the counter whitening products which is suitable only for the teeth which are not heavily stained.
IS THERE A RISK ASSOCIATED WITH TEETH WHITENING?
Teeth whitening do not have any risks associated however, some people may feel sensitivity for a few days or can experience mild gum irritation for some days. Because Teeth Whitening is a cosmetic procedure it is not advised to pregnant ladies. They can get it done only after delivery.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q.1. How Often Should You Get Your Teeth Whitened?
Professional Teeth Whitening lasts for about a year. Therefore, one should have a gap of a year in getting the teeth whitening treatment.
If you are opting for home whitening treatment, then it can keep your smile intact for several months.
Q.2. Can One Brush Their Teeth After The Whitening Process?
One should not brush immediately after getting teeth whitening. Give your teeth a few hours and after that, you can brush your teeth but be gentle while brushing.
Q.3. Is Teeth Whitening Permanent?
The procedure varies from case to case. It may last from a few months to up to 3 years. However, if you smoke or chew tobacco or consume tea & coffee frequently then the whitening effect might not last long.
Q.4. What Is The Cost Of Teeth Whitening Treatment?
The cost varies from case to case and a visit to a dentist will only be the right context of knowing the cost involved.