What Are The Different Types Of Teeth Whitening Options?
Everyone wishes to have a bright white smile. But unfortunately, teeth can lose their shine and brightness as years go by. As the enamel dulls, so does the smile.
The enamel is the outer covering of the teeth – the part that is visible outside. Enamel is a hard substance that offers protection and colour and shine to the teeth, but the texture gets affected over the years. This is because of the food and drinks that are consumed, sometimes medicines consumed also affect the colour of the teeth.
Teeth whitening helps give back the shine and colour to the teeth. The discolouration of the teeth is removed by this cosmetic process. Whitening is gaining in popularity across all sections of people and is one of the most sought out dental cosmetic procedure in dental clinics. Whitening is only for teeth, it does not whiten crowns, or other devices used, so if you are going for whitening, you might also need to replace these devices.
Process of Teeth Whitening
Teeth are not solid structures that can push back substances, they have small pores in them. When you consume food or drinks – be it fizzy drinks or wine or food – they are absorbed in small amounts by this pores as well. They settle in the teeth and over the years they result in the teeth staining.
Tooth whitening is a very safe process in the hands of professional and trained dentists. What is done in this process by professional dentists is that they open the pores that have absorbed these stains and remove them. The pores do not stay open, they are closed after the process is completed. They use specials tools and materials for this purpose.
After the teeth whitening process, many feel sensitivity in the teeth. Sensitivity refers to the teeth getting affected by consuming hot or cold food. After the process is done, the teeth lose their ability to protect teeth temporarily – when this happens the teeth feels hot or cold temperature more directly than before. But this condition goes back to normal after a few hours.
Different Types of Teeth Whitening
Having a smile that is nice and bright is everyone’s dream. Losing the brightness of teeth affects the self-confidence of people.
Today there are many different varieties of tooth whitening options available over the counter.
Custom Fit Tray Bleaching
Custom fit bleaching is one of the most reliable methods that is seen. Trays with whitening products are fitted to the teeth for a period of time. The trays ensure that the gel or whitening substance does not come out from the tray, thus ensuing maximum exposure to the teeth to the whitening substance. These trays are convenient and help to whiten your teeth within a small amount of time. There are products available in the market that are not custom fit. The problem with this is that they can come out lose and also rub against your gums and cause irritation there.
Whitening strips are thin strips of whitening materials, they are easily available in the stores. They are easy to apply. One strip each is placed on the top row of teeth and another is placed on the bottom row of teeth. They are flexible so you need not worry. The results can be seen as soon as in three days’ time. This is most suitable if you have slight to moderate staining and also if you are pressed for time. You can do it at the convenience of your home and when you are free.
Whitening toothpastes are designed to work as whitening agents. Normal toothpaste helps keep your mouth clean and also try to remove some of the stains in the teeth, while a whitening toothpaste helps make the teeth shine brighter by removing most of the stains on the teeth. Though it may not give you immediate results, you may notice how in a period of just a few weeks, your teeth grows whiter.
Development in technology has led to a new branch of treatment in teeth whitening. Laser helps activate the whitening agent that is used in the treatment. The process also happens in a limited period of time, so one need not wait long as in the case of other treatment options. During the procedure, guards are placed over lips and gums to protect them. Not all are suitable candidates for laser treatment. Your dentist will suggest the best type of treatment that is suitable for your specific case.
Choosing Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening products are available very easily, be it in the form of toothpastes or gels or laser treatments done with the help of trained dentists. Different type of treatments have their own advantages. Some of them are suited for those who have less time on their hands, less staining etc. Always be sure to check with the dentist about the type of treatment you would need. Even though buying products over the counter might save money and you can do it at the convenience of your home – they might not always be best suited for your needs. Only a dentist will be able to advise you on the type of treatment that would bring out desired results.
During examination, your dentist will collect comprehensive knowledge of your medical history and also your lifestyle – all the information go into deciding what type of teeth whitening would be best for you. Some stains in the teeth are caused by certain habits like smoking for example, dentists can then advise you on how best to alter your habit to take care of oral health.
Sometimes it may also happen that your teeth has changed its colour because of other dental problems like the pulp of the teeth getting infected. So it is best that you seek help and advice from dentist before you go ahead and try teeth whitening products.
Categorised in: Cosmetic Dentistry, Tooth Whitening
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