TOOTH WHITENING FAQ
How Does The Bleaching Process Work
Hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide are the componenets which are there in bleaching/whitening gels. When placed on teeth, the peroxide molecules go into the small spaces/pores of the enamel and dentin, release oxygen molecules and disperse the stains that cause opacity in the teeth and block the light.
What are the Treatment Options?
In-office bleaching and home bleaching are the two different types of bleaching systems available, the former can be performed only in the dental clinic and the latter one can be used at home with the help of special custom made bleaching trays.
While the in-office procedure can be easily completed in one hour, the home bleaching methods usually take one to three weeks and need constant monitoring by the dentist.
What are the causes of discoloration or staining of teeth?
Staining can be because of excess use of tea, coffee, tobacco, red wine, smoking, use of certain antibiotics such as tetracyclines during pregnancy and presence of high fluoride content in water.
Is bleaching successful?
Bleaching results are really appreciable in more that 90 to 95 percent of the cases.
How long does it last?
Brightnesss usually lasts for one year to to five years depending on your individual eating and drinking habits
Does bleaching have any negative effects?
No.The bleaching procedure is completely without any side effectsand is very harmless. ADA has given its seal of warranty also to this.
Should one use home bleaching systems?
At home systems are not that effective. They can cause sensitivity, gum irritation because of the leakage of gel from poorly fitted trays or because of improper placement of the trays. One can do more bleaching than required and it can cause damage to the tooth enamel.
What is the cost for teeth whitening or bleaching?
The cost varies depending upon the type of whitening system.
Who benefit the most from teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is ultimate for patients who have strong, untreated teeth (no restorations) and strong gums. Patients with yellow stains and colors to their teeth have the best resuts .
Who should not opt for teeth whitening
Bleaching is not recommended for children under the age of 16.
People with already sensitive teeth , gums that are going down, worn out enamel and naked roots , with cavities in teeth and with faulty fillings should discuss thoroughly with the dentist before getting teeth whitening.
Teeth whitening does not work on the areas of teeth with fillings, bonding, composite or porcelain veneers, Crowns etc.
A good benchmark as to an expected intensity of whiteness to be accomplished is a somewhat whiter color than the whites of your eyes.
Are whitening toothpastes effective? How do they act?
Whitening toothpastes can only remove stains that are at surface.
How can I maintain the longevity of my teeth whitening ?
- • One should stay away from the use of or foodstuffs that stain your teeth. In case you cannot keep away from the use of drinks that cause staining of teeth, use a straw so that the drink does not touch the front surface of your teeth.
- • Rinse immediately after the use of stain causing drinks.
Follow immaticulate brushing and flossing practices.You can aso supplement your brushing routine with the use of a whitening paste that removes the stains form the teeth surfaces.
- • Consider retouch up every 6 months or after a year or two. You may need retouch up more often if you smoke too much or drink too much of tea or coffee.