Sparkling Smiles with Safe Bleaching
We all desire the perfect white and bright smile. Unfortunately, the natural tooth color cannot be retained throughout our lives, and tooth bleaching is required to restore the natural tooth color. Teeth bleaching can also whiten the teeth beyond their natural color, which is perhaps why many patients are in need of it. Vita Dental Spring provides professional and safe teeth bleaching services for all its patients. However, since bleaching can also be done at home, it is important to explain the options available for our patients.
What is Tooth Bleaching?
Tooth bleaching can be defined as the use of an oxidizing chemical to remove stains and discoloration from a tooth. Bleaching techniques may vary depending on the desired results.
Why is Tooth Bleaching Necessary?
The teeth lose their white color because of several reasons. First, teeth yellowing is a normal part of aging. It is the inner part of the tooth, the dentin, that yellows. When the dentin is replaced, it appears darker, and since the enamel is getting thinner, the teeth appear yellow. Tooth yellowing is also a result of fluorosis, dental disorders, silver fillings, and genetics. The enamel can also get stained by foods and beverages. However, this does not affect the inner color of the teeth. Tooth bleaching eliminates intrinsic stains while regular tooth cleaning can be used to eliminate stains.
Want a Brighter Smile?
When it comes to tooth bleaching, you have two options- office based teeth bleaching, or at-home care tooth bleaching. Both bleaching options use peroxide-based chemicals. Home whitening chemicals contain 3% to 20% peroxide (hydrogen or carbamide peroxide). In-office chemicals have a 15% to 43% to peroxide concentration.
Generally, the longer you keep a teeth whitening solution on your teeth, the whiter they become. However, the period depends on the hydrogen peroxide concentration. If the solution is stronger, then it will be left on for a shorter time. Keeping the bleaching the solution on for too long dehydrates the teeth, and increases tooth sensitivity.
Each method has its pros and cons but before you try any at-home care bleaching kits, be sure to consult Vita Dental Spring. It is also important to know that results vary, and that tooth bleaching does not work on porcelain crowns or composite tooth-colored bondings.
In-Office Tooth Whitening
Teeth whitening done at the dentist’s office takes less time. The bleaching solution is stronger than that used in at-home kits. Also, thanks to advancements in technology, doctors can now use laser light to make the whitening effect faster. The use of light and heat on bleaching solutions intensifies the whitening process.
The dentist will whiten your teeth according to your desires, with extremely dramatic results and it take s up to two hours. The cost may vary depending on your dentist and the system to be used. Either way, professional teeth bleaching at the dentist’s office should make your teeth several shades brighter.
At-Home Tooth Bleaching
There are several choices for bleaching teeth at home. The most common ones are:
- Tooth whitening strips and gels: This gel is applied directly to the teeth with a brush or a thin strip. These peroxide-based bleaching products are usually applied once or twice a day to the teeth, for ten to fourteen days. The results may last for several months.
- Tray-based tooth bleaching: In this technique, a mouth-guard like tray is filled with a peroxide-based bleaching paste or gel and placed over the teeth for several hours daily, for up to four weeks. You can purchase the tray over-the-counter or ask your dentist to have one custom-fitted. As expected, they cost more than teeth whitening strips.
- Tooth Whitening Toothpaste: Toothpaste is mildly abrasive, and one of the easiest ways of whitening the teeth, since we all have to brush. Toothpaste removes stains on the teeth without the aid of a bleaching agent. This method is also inexpensive since there are many ADA approved toothpastes on the market to choose from. Toothpaste is not strong for bleaching but is effective with teeth whitening. For better bleaching, it is advisable to visit your dentist.
Tooth Bleaching: Keeping Your Teeth White
Whether you choose to use in-office or at-home based bleaching systems, you can try and maintain the white color of your teeth. Brushing, flossing and rinsing daily is good for your teeth. You should also avoid acidic and tannin-rich foods and beverages such as:
- Black Coffee and Tea
- White and Red Wine
- Sports Drinks
- Carbonated Drinks
- Berries or other strongly colored foods
- Sauces e.g. soy, tomato, and curries
Why Should You Talk to Your Dentist?
Tooth sensitivity is a common side effect of tooth bleaching. It is uncomfortable, especially for people who already have sensitive teeth. While home kits might be cheaper, there is also the chance of burning and temporarily bleaching the gums. Also, with many products flooding the market, it is possible to purchase the wrong or fake product, which is dangerous for your teeth. For the best results, contact Vita Dental Spring and find the right tooth bleaching technique for you.