White teeth are beautiful and attractive. Teeth whitening has increasingly become popular since it boosts your confidence and also improves social acceptance. Teeth whitening is the use of bleaching materials to make the teeth whiter. It is a process of lightening the natural tooth color without removing any enamel. Teeth whitening is applicable when the teeth have yellowed over time due to teeth-staining food and drinks, age, tobacco use, certain medications, trauma, genetics, or disease. Teeth whitening can be carried out via different methods, which can be discussed with our dental professional. Several whitening procedures are available at Peninsula Family Dental Center.
Methods and Procedure
First of all, a detailed history is obtained and a thorough examination is carried out by our dental professional. A radiograph may be taken to check for the presence of potential irregularities. Teeth staining is removed with the aid of a bleaching agent, which could either be hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. The bleach degrades the stains into small fragments that are easier to clean and wash. Teeth whitening can be done via in-office bleaching, stain removal toothpaste, at-home bleaching from your dental office, over-the-counter bleaching products, or light-accelerated bleaching.
With in-office bleaching, also known as chair-side bleaching, our dental professional places a rubber shield or applies a protective gel over your gums. After this, the bleach is applied to your teeth. In-office bleaching requires only one visit to the dental clinic. At-home bleaching can be done if you prefer to have the procedure completed at your convenience and pace. Our dental professionals will provide you with a customized tray with all the appropriate instructions to correctly use the bleaching solution. Stain removal toothpaste is used because it has additional ingredients that allow for better stain removal and teeth cleaning than conventional toothpaste. Over-the-counter bleaching agents contain less of the bleaching materials than the whitening agents dispensed by our dental professionals. If you are considering using over-the-counter products, discuss your options with our dental professionals. Light accelerated bleaching is the use of high light energy from halogen, LED, or plasma arc to speed up the bleaching process in the dental clinic. All of these are viable options for teeth whitening.
Maintenance of Whitened Teeth
Pay special attention to your teeth in the first 24-48 hours after a teeth whitening procedure. Avoid consuming tooth-staining foods or drinks. Intense care is needed to maintain the sheen and glow of your whitened teeth. Brush and floss your teeth after every meal. The length of the effect of teeth whitening depends on your lifestyle and on your care for your teeth. Make sure to maintain regular re-treatment appointments with our dental professional when you are due for them.
Teeth whitening can be done for several reasons. It is indicated when there is intrinsic tooth staining, dental fluorosis, tetracycline staining, endodontic treatment, or aesthetic concerns. Teeth whitening is contraindicated in patients with a peroxide allergy, tooth sensitivity, gum sensitivity, acid erosion, gingival recession, tooth decay, untreated periodontal disease, active periapical pathology, enamel developmental defects, exposed dentin, and aesthetic reasons. Pregnant women, children under the age of sixteen, patients with visible white fillings, and those with poor oral hygiene are not advised to undergo a teeth whitening procedure. In addition, teeth whitening will not work on crowns, fillings, or veneers.
In addition to its aesthetic benefits, teeth whitening also helps to eradicate bacteria that can cause tooth decay and hence can improve overall oral health. To have a brighter smile, call Peninsula Family Dental Center today via (907) 283-9125.