Everyone loves a white smile! Whitening the teeth is a cosmetic treatment and is a very common dental procedure. Every year more people are looking for this procedure to brighten their smile.
In the dental office, it is increasingly common to receive patients who express discomfort and insecurity in their smile because their teeth have discolored, dark stains, or yellowish color.
It is in situations like this that one of the most popular dental procedures in recent years, teeth whitening, is put into practice. This treatment is based on the modification of the color of the tooth through different techniques.
What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is a clinical or home procedure performed to reduce or remove stains from teeth. When performed with the appropriate whitening substances, it reduces the color of the teeth by several shades.
When do you need teeth whitening?
Over time our teeth stains and need to be whitened, below are a few reasons that cause discoloration:
How can I do teeth whitening?
It can be done in two ways, in-chair at the dental office or at home.
In-office teeth whitening:
To carry it out, hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide is used, which are biocompatible whitening agents. They are applied to the front surface of the anterior teeth after protecting the surrounding gingival tissues with insulating materials.
Power bleaching can also be used, which is a procedure in which the teeth are exposed to an LED or halogen light source after applying the whitening agent, in order to accelerate the whitening process.
It is important to mention that for clinical whitening to be effective, the teeth must be completely healthy, that is, they must be free of cavities and prophylaxis must have been performed to eliminate dental plaque and calculus. Also, the soft tissues must not be swollen (periodontal disease).
Take-home teeth whitening
Teeth whitening kits have become very popular because they are cheaper and easy to use it comes with a tray, syringe, and bleaching products. But it contains less peroxide in comparison to the whitening products used by dentists at dental clinics. The product and bleach that dental practices use are stronger and more effective at removing all stains.
For the over counter kit, a dentist can provide you with a custom-made tray to fit your teeth to help you to get a better result. Also, it minimizes the amount of leaking bleach from the tray that may irritate the gum.
Is teeth whitening safe?
Yes, as long as it is performed under the indication and supervision of a dentist and it is done with non-abrasive substances that are compatible with the tooth structure.
In addition, it is a painless procedure although it can produce a certain degree of tooth sensitivity in the patient, hence the need for it to be performed under the supervision of a professional, with the appropriate whitening agents and following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Here at Amitis Dental Studio in Fortitude Valley, we have a team of highly trained dentists to perform this treatment properly so that our patients get the desired results.
How often should i whiten my teeth?
This will depend a lot on the patient’s oral care and hygiene habits. Whitening can last from months to years if the guidelines indicated by the dentist are followed, such as:
What other factors should I consider before teeth whitening?
Composite or ceramic veneers do not suffer the whitening effect of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, so when these are in the patient’s treatment plan along with teeth whitening, whitening should be performed first and then the restorative procedure.
As we can see, this treatment is an effective and ideal alternative for those patients who wish to improve their smiles and enhance their oral aesthetics in a quick and minimally invasive way.
By correcting discolorations in the teeth, patients see their confidence recovered which raises their self-esteem, in addition to improving oral aesthetics in turn improves facial aesthetics.
Here at Amitis Dental Studio, we are waiting for you to offer you the best teeth whitening service in Fortitude Valley, what are you waiting for to schedule your appointment?