Professional teeth whitening: What you should know

Most of us dream of having a gleaming white smile. As you may already know, this can be achieved through tooth whitening, also referred to as tooth bleaching. Here you have the option of a professional whitening in the dentist’s office or a DIY teethbleaching kit from the drugstore. According to experts, tooth whitening at the dentist’s office is not only safer but provides an opportunity to examine the state of your oral health and treatdental issues you may not have been aware of.

Especially in older people, the often teeth gain a yellowish or even brownish tinge over time due to genetic factors or more commonly, due tohabits that tend to stain the teeth, such as eating certain types of foods, drinking coffee, or wine, and smoking cigarettes. In most cases, this discoloration can be removed through tooth bleaching, using chemical bleaching agents (usually hydrogen peroxide). These compounds penetrate the tooth enamel and the dentin to achieve the desired whitening effect.

Safe, effective,and affordable tooth whitening at our clinic

Tooth whitening at a clinic is also referred to as in-office toothwhitening or chairside bleaching.Before starting the procedure, our experienced dentists perform a comprehensive oral exam to ensure your teeth are free from caries, plaque, and tartar. This prevents the bleaching gel from damagingteeth nerves. The gums should also be free from abscesses, cysts, or injuries.In addition, a professional teeth cleaning is usually useful as the whitening could have an irregular result if applied to existing plaque and oral debris.

The dentist then determines the desired tooth color with you. The front teeth are first analyzed using a color scale to determine the level of whitening required. The bleach is then applied to the teeth. During the treatment, the saliva is continuously sucked out so that the patient does not swallow.

Caring for teeth after tooth bleaching

In the days after bleaching, teeth are more sensitive than usual, as the bleaching process removes some minerals that will be gradually deposited back into the tooth tissue. It is normal for the teeth to appear somewhat darker in the first 2-3 days after bleaching.

After treatment, avoid particularly cold or hot food. The teeth should be cleaned with special fluoride toothpaste to help in the restoration of the teeth’s protective shield.Finally, when brushing, try to be as gentle as possible using minimal pressure.

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