Who does not want whiter teeth?
With today’s high beauty standards, teeth whitening procedures are becoming more and more popular. The process is gentle, yet highly effective, providing the patients with brighter teeth, and a more vibrant and confident appearance in general.
Teeth whitening is great for patients who
- Drink a lot of highly pigmented beverages such as tea, coffee or red wine
- Smoke regularly
- Are born with darker shades of teeth and are unhappy with how they look
- Have major smile makeover work planned.
The main component of the bleaching products is hydrogen-peroxide that is capable to dissolve the little microscopic particles on the teeth that cause discolouration. Just like in case of building a house, a good and firm foundation is a must before anything can be built on it. In case of teeth whitening, this foundation is oral hygiene. It is absolutely necessary to first undergo a professional dental hygiene treatment in order to remove any and all tartar, debris and plaque built up on the teeth, over or under the gums. The tooth enamel is then gently polished, leaving a perfectly smooth, shiny surface behind. It may be necessary to return 1 or 2 days later to get the whitening completed as in many cases, the gums may be too sensitive for any further treatment that same day.
To have the actual bleaching process started, your gums will need to be isolated and protected using a special gel. It is applied carefully and precisely on the gums and hardened using a blue curing light. The whitening gel is then applied on your teeth and the whitening lamp is set to start the first session of the whitening that takes 10-15 minutes. This process is repeated usually twice, so a typical whitening procedure includes 3 sessions in total.
While a professional chairside is able to make the teeth multiple shades brighter and at the same time make the patients really happy with their new looks, it is extremely important to mention that aftercare is the key to make the result las as long as possible. Highly pigmented foods and drinks like spinach, beets, curry, coffee or red wine are to avoid for a few days following the whitening because these may discolour the freshly whitened teeth.