Teeth Whitening is a very efficient way to lighten your teeth naturally without any tooth surfaces being removed.
Brushing and flossing should keep your teeth bright, white and healthy. Still, you’re not alone if you think your smile has lost its magic or has become more yellow than it once was. The most common answer to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry‘s question about what people would like to improve about their smile was Whiter Teeth. A study lead by the American Association of Orthodontists proves, nearly 90% of the patients ask for tooth whitening.
Why do you need your Teeth Whitened?
Over time, your teeth can get darker or yellowed for some reasons:
- Food and Drink
Coffee, tea and red wine are the most common reasons for staining. What do they all have in common? Intense color pigments which is called chromogens. They are attached to the white, outer part of your tooth (enamel).
- Tobacco Use
Tar and nicotine, two chemicals found in tobacco, cause stubborn stains. Tar is a dark substance by nature. Nicotine is colorless until it is mixed with oxygen. Then it turns into a yellowish substance that stains the surface.
A softer area called dentin lies beneath the hard, white outer shell of your teeth (enamel). Brushing thins the outer enamel layer, allowing more of the yellowish dentin to show through.
If you’ve been hit in the mouth, your tooth may change color as a result of the injury, which causes it to lay down more dentin, a darker layer beneath the enamel.
Certain Antihistamines, Antipsychotics, and High Blood Pressure medications can cause tooth darkening as a side effect. Antibiotics like Tetracycline and Doxycycline can cause discoloration of adult teeth in young children who are exposed to them when their teeth are forming (in the womb or as a baby). Your teeth can get darken because of Chemotherapy and radiation to the head and neck.
How long does this take?
In most cases, the entire treatment can be completed in three to four weeks. You will need to visit us two or three times at most. At the first appointment, we’ll make a mouthguard and take impressions of your teeth. You will need to continue the treatment at home once we have started it. This means you must use the whitening product on a daily basis for two to four weeks, for 30 minutes to an hour at a time..
However, some new products are now available that can be used for up to eight hours at a time. This means you’ll have a satisfactory result in less than a week.
What other procedures are there?
There is now laser whitening or power whitening. To protect the gums, we put a rubber dam over your teeth and paint bleaching product onto your teeth. Then we gleam a light or laser on the teeth to activate the chemical. The light speeds up the reaction of the whitening product and you can achieve the color change more quickly. Laser whitening can brighten your teeth by up to six shades.
What are the side effects?
During or after the treatment, some of you may notice that your teeth become sensitive to cold. Others may experience gum pain or white patches along the gum line. These symptoms are typically temporary and should subside within a few days of the treatment’s completion.
If any of these side effects continue, please Contact Us as soon as possible.
When might tooth whitening not work?
Tooth whitening can only lighten the color of your teeth. Furthermore, it is only effective on natural teeth.
If your dentures are stained or discolored visit us. We will get them cleaned for you.
How long will your teeth stay whiter?
Teeth whitening effects should last up to three years. This varies from person to person, however. If you smoke, or eat or drink stain-causing foods or beverages, the effect is less likely to last as long.
How to look after your teeth once they have been whitened?
We advise you to follow these tips to take care of your teeth:
- Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste which will be the last thing at night and at least once more during the day.
- Reduce your intake of sugary foods and beverages.
- Visit your dentist regularly.