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Teeth Whitening

WHAT IS TEETH WHITENING?

Teeth whitening refers to a variety of processes that aim to make someone’s natural teeth appear brighter and whiter. Teeth whitening methods include sanding down stains, bleaching, ultraviolet (UV) light therapy, and more.

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    TEETH WHITENING

    YELLOW DISCOLORED TEETH TREATMENT : TOOTH WHITENING

    TYPES OF TEETH WHITENING

    Tooth whitening is most often done using peroxide-based bleaching agents.
    Generally, the stronger the solution and the longer you keep it on your teeth, the whiter your teeth become. But the higher the percentage of peroxide in the whitening solution, the shorter it should stay on your teeth. Keeping it on longer will dehydrate teeth and increase tooth sensitivity.

    TYPES OF TEETH STAINS

    To whiten your teeth effectively, you’ll need to choose a whitening method that addresses the type of staining you have. If you have both intrinsic and extrinsic staining , you’ll likely need to choose a whitening method that safely addresses each type.

    Intrinsic stains

    Stains that are inside your tooth enamel are called intrinsic stains. Intrinsic staining is sometimes present even before your teeth erupt from your gums when you’re a kid. These stains can result from antibiotic use, high levels of fluoride exposure, and your tooth enamel growing thinner as you age.

    Extrinsic stains

    Extrinsic stains are on the outside of your tooth. These happen due to environmental exposure to things that leave discoloration on your tooth enamel. Coffee, artificial food colorings, and smoking can all cause this type of staining.

    WHO SHOULD GET THEIR TEETH WHITENED?

    Depictions of pearly white teeth on TV or in magazines have made it seem like a spotless, perfect smile is the norm. But no matter what your teeth look like, there’s no reason to ever be ashamed of your smile. You should prioritise the health of your teeth above cosmetic appearances. Tooth yellowing can occur due to:

    Access to teeth whitening treatment may also depend on your budget. Whitening products and in-office treatments are generally not covered by insurance. Some people may choose options that have a milder whitening effect but are more affordable, like toothpastes and mouthwashes.
    People who have dental implants or veneers are not candidates for teeth whitening. Teeth whitening works on natural teeth only. Many younger people in recent years have pursued veneers to achieve a perfectly white smile, but this can be dangerous for your teeth’s health in the long run.
    If you are self-conscious about your smile because of teeth yellowing and you have your natural teeth, you might want to try teeth whitening methods. But ultimately this is a personal aesthetic choice and not a medical necessity.
    Consult with your dentist about what whitening options may be best for you. Always read directions on home kits and use products as directed.
    It’s important to note that people with dental implants, veneers, crowns, or bridges might not be candidates for teeth whitening, depending on the location of this dental work. If it is in the back of the mouth, a person may still receive whitening. If it is in the front of the mouth, whitening is not recommended. 

    HOW LONG DOES TEETH WHITENING LAST?

    The length of time you can expect tooth whitening to last is based upon the type of whitener you’re using. Your lifestyle habits also have an effect.
    Tooth whitening treatments are designed to reduce stains, not repel them. If you have good oral habits and keep your teeth clean, at-home products and dental procedures will last longer.
    If you maintain good oral hygiene, a chairside (or in-office) procedure should provide long-lasting results for 1 to 3 years. This procedure is done in your dentist’s office. It usually requires only one visit. This procedure uses a strong bleaching agent, such as highly-concentrated hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. Heat or light may also be used, to further accelerate the bleaching agent. 

    DIET TIPS FOR WHITE TEETH

    What you eat and drink can stain your teeth, particularly if you don’t brush regularly. Some common offenders are:

    If you enjoy these regularly, make sure to brush, floss, and rinse often.
    Chewing on sugar-free gum, parsley, or mint can also help clean your mouth by stimulating the flow of saliva. 

    IS TEETH WHITENING SAFE?

    When done correctly, teeth whitening is generally safe. But it can come with risks, depending on what you use to whiten your teeth and how often and how long you use it. The risks of overly aggressive teeth whitening include:
    Some early studies indicate there could be additional risks, such as:

    To minimise the risks:

    TIPS AFTER TEETH WHITENING

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    How long does the teeth whitening last?
    The teeth whitening lasts for about 2 to 3 years or sometimes more depending upon the type of food intake by the person. Smoking, intake of tea, coffee effects its life.
    Can yellow teeth be made white with teeth whitening?
    Yes, natural yellow or grey teeth shades can be made whiter in most of the cases.
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