Info About Teeth Whitening
Why do Teeth Darken?
There are various reasons that cause our teeth to become dark. The most common of these causes are:
- Your genes
- Your Age
- Consuming substances that stain the teeth e.g. smoking, coffee, tea, colas
- Tetracycline (antibiotic) staining
- Excessive fluoride
- Old fillings
What are the General Results of Teeth Whitening?
The result of the teeth whitening process depends on why your teeth were discolored in the first place. The result thus could be amazing or at times disappointing. Â Most of the time a one or two shade lighter effect is achieved by teeth whitening, however many people might not see any change at all. A dentist is the best person to advise you on what the results maybe. The final result is determined by two factors:
- How long your teeth were exposed to the whitening gel
- The mineral composition of your teeth
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Teeth Whitening Options
- Teeth Whitening Toothpastes: These toothpastes contain mild abrasives which remove surface stains. Some of these whitening toothpastes also contain polishing agents and chemicals which make them more effective in getting rid of stains as compared to regular toothpastes.
- In-Office Bleaching: In this procedure, your dentist will use a bleaching agent to whiten your teeth. It takes little over an hour to get the job done. However, this process is very expensive.
- In-office tray teeth whitening: In tray teeth whitening, a tray made for teeth is filled with whitening gel and placed over a personâs teeth. The gel contains carbamide peroxide as the active ingredient. The carbamide peroxide breaks down producing oxygen which in turn whitens teeth. The tray will need to be worn for a few hours every day, for a few days.
- Laser Technique: This technique is generally advised to people whose teeth are extremely dirty. Using a laser is quick and accurate.
- Whitening Gels: These gels are designed to be used after brushing with a toothpaste and promise to give teeth a a shine.
- Natural Treatments: Skins of fruits and at times lemon mixed with salt is used to get whiter teeth.
- Whitening Drops: These drops contain chemicals that polish teeth. These drops can be used directly.
- Teeth Whitening Strips: These strips can be bought over the counter and used at home. As the name suggests, they are worn over the teeth. The result of these strips depends upon the strength of peroxide contained in them.
- The blue light whitening method: This method uses hydrogen peroxide to whiten teeth. The results of this method last for years but it is very expensive.
Note: Whitening does not result in the shape of your teeth changing. Teeth are only made lighter and whiter. However, teeth whitening does not have any effect on fillings, crowns, and bondings.
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What is the Most Common Way of Whitening Teeth?
In-office professional whitening, take home professional whitening and OTC (Over the Counter) whitening products are the most common ways employed to whiten teeth today.
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Are There any Side Effects to Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening, when carried out by a professional is completely safe. However, as with all other things there are certain side effects. These include:
- Teeth might become severely more sensitive
- Strength and hardness of the enamel may reduce
- Gums may become inflamed or damaged
- If you mistakenly swallow the bleaching agent it could result in irritation and also bleeding in the oesophagus and stomach.
How Long Does the Effect of Teeth Whitening Last?
The effects of teeth whitening are generally long lasting for most people. Teeth will gradually start to darken again overtime with exposure to coffee, smoking, red wines and some medicine products. For this purpose one can opt for a touch-up after every 3-6 months.
How Long Does the Process Take?
This varies from person to person. For some people teeth whitening takes effect in a day or two while others have to endure a longer treatment time to get the desired results. The treatment time also partially depends upon the amount of Carbamide Peroxide the whitening gel contains. If there is 16% Carbamide Peroxide in the gel it will whiten more slowly as compared to a gel that has 22% of this ingredient.
However, it must be noted that although the 16% gel will take more time it causes less tooth sensitivity.
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How to Tell If Your Teeth are Suitable for Whitening
Whitening does not work for everyone. E.g. unhealthy teeth and gums may be damaged more by whitening. Also at times Even if there is nothing wrong with your teeth there may be other reasons why whitening wonât work.
Dentists are the only ones that can assess your teeth properly and give you a decision on if your teeth are suitable for whitening or not.
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ADHA: The official site of the American Dental Hygienists Association.