- by Dr. Rupali Wankhede Panpate
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- Dec 22 2017
Teeth Whitening Procedure
Teeth whitening is one of the most common and popular dental procedure for cleaner, brighter looking teeth. This treatment helps remove stains and discoloration caused by everyday foods and beverages.
Teeth become less bright with age and due to the thinning of the outer surface called enamel. With everyday consumption of food, a small coating is formed on the enamel that picks up stains. Tooth whitening procedures work on these surface stains and gets rid of them giving you bright and shiny teeth.
How it works
Before the whitening procedure, the dentist will examine your teeth to check for cavities or receding gums, treat them first and only after that whitening procedure takes place because it can damage inner parts of the teeth or roots otherwise.
After examining, the dentist first cleans the teeth to get rid of bacteria and food particles which build by to cause staining. Whitening procedures are of two types based on your teeth. Vital whitening for live nerves and non-vital for root-canal treated nerves.
Vital whitening treatments: Depending on the type and intensity of the stain, the dentist will suggest what kind of whitening treatment will work best for you. The most common type uses a gel that is applied to your teeth directly. In some cases more powerful whitening gels are used which activates when laser, special light or heat from the light is shined on them. Different stains respond differently and based on the severity of the stains and the method, you might require 1-5 sittings to see best results.
Non-vital whitening: Normal whitening does not work on teeth that have undergone root canal treatment because the stains are formed from inside. In this case the treatment is done on the inside where the whitening agent is applied inside the tooth covered by a temporary filling and left for weeks till results are seen.
The procedure is safe and results are almost immediate. There are no side effects but some people may experience mild tooth sensitivity or irritable gums for a few days. This solution is not permanent and needs to be done from time to time depending on the level of staining.
A whitening session with a dentist can help not just with brighter teeth but cleaner, problem-free teeth too.
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