Tooth whitening or teeth bleaching is an easy way to get a dazzling, white smile.
Over the years, teeth can become discoloured due to ageing, illness, certain foods, smoking, poor oral hygiene, trauma or any combination of these factors.
Teeth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the colour of natural teeth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.
Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth. The most popular method is using a home teeth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically. Since teeth whitening only works on natural teeth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.
Teeth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up maybe needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.
Reasons for teeth whitening:
- Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during teeth development).
- Normal wear of outer teeth layer.
- Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.).
- Yellow, brown stained teeth.
What does teeth whitening involve?
This technique involves wearing a custom fitted appliance containing teeth whitening solution. All that you need to do is place the bleaching gel provided into the trays and insert the trays over your teeth once a day for thirty minutes. The procedure takes 2 to 3 weeks to get a whiter, brighter smile.
How white and bright depends on how many days your choose to wear the trays.
Home bleaching is an easy inexpensive way to whiten discoloured teeth.
However don’t be misled by false claims on TV and in pharmacies about products that don’t work and are dangerous for your teeth.
You will receive care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white smile.