- by Dr. Kalpana Raje
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- Dec 04 2017
TEETH WHITENING-KNOW MORE
Brushing and flossing generally keep your teeth healthy. However, due to various factors, your teeth may lose their shine and become more yellow. In order to regain that lost sparkle, you can consider Teeth whitening.
Tooth whitening is one of the most common and popular cosmetic dental procedure that lightens teeth and removes stains and discoloration. It is not a one-time procedure and can be repeated to maintain the bright color.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Teeth whitening is a simple procedure. The whitening products have either of two tooth bleaches – hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide that break into smaller pieces. This makes the color less concentrated and your teeth appear brighter.
DOES IT WORK FOR ALL KINDS OF TEETH?
Whiteners may not be able to correct all types of discoloration therefore it is important to talk to your dentist. Yellow teeth will probably bleach well but brown or teeth with gray tones may not respond well to bleaching. If you have caps, veneers, crowns or fillings or discoloration caused by medications or tooth injury; whitening may not work.
There are three ways to achieve white teeth.
- Whitening Toothpastes
Whitening toothpastes remove surface stain through the mild abrasives that scrub the teeth. They have special chemicals or polishing agents that provide additional stain removal effectiveness. Unlike bleaches, these toothpastes do not change the color of the teeth because they only remove surface stains.
- In-Office Bleaching
This is a dental procedure, were the dentist will apply either a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect your gums. Bleach is then applied to the teeth.
- At-Home Bleaching
There are peroxide-containing whiteners available that bleach the tooth enamel. They come in a gel, placed in a tray fitting on your teeth. You can also use a whitening strip that sticks to your teeth. These have a lower concentration of bleaching agent than the ones used by dentists.
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS?
Whitening does not usually cause serious side effects. Some people may experience teeth sensitivity for a short while. It takes place when the peroxide in the whitener gets through the enamel to the soft layer of dentin and irritates the nerve of the tooth. You may experience mild gum irritation as well. Pregnant women should avoid this procedure. Overuse of whiteners can damage the tooth enamel.
Always consult a dentist before you try any at home procedure.
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