As said, “Use your smile to change the world, do not let the world change your smile”, a bright smile can really make a huge difference in any situation. But due to various factors a person’s teeth may face discoloration. Some of its internal causes can be internal genetics, antibiotics, age and certain foods. Some of the external reasons for discoloration of the teeth are food, tobacco, trauma, coffee, tea, medications, carrots etc. In such situations, most people prefer to get their teeth whitened.
Types of Teeth whitening
There are basically two ways to make your teeth whiter and are as follows:
In-Office teeth whitening: This type of whitening is done by professionals only like your dentist at his office. This process is safer because your dentist is an expert and before starting the process he has already checked which products will suit you the best for whitening.
Your dentist also keeps the situation in control which may arise at the time of the treatment such as the most common issues that people face, tooth sensitivity or other problems.
The dentist may also use a laser or special light to enhance the performance of the whitening agent.
Over-the-Counter or Home whitening: Though this whitening process is not as safe as in-office teeth whitening process, it is easy and less expensive. You can get tooth whitening products from many places and use them as per directed. It is better to consult your dentist even in case of whitening your teeth at your home.
Whitening products such as whitening strips, whitening gum, whitening strips, paint-on tooth, mouth trays with gel etc are available from the market.
Why is it better to go for in-office whitening?
Proper fitting of mouth trays: Just like it is important to use a mouth guard with a proper fitting, it is also important to use a whitening mouth tray that properly fits your mouth. When you visit your dentist, he creates a mouth tray custom made for you so that it perfectly fits your teeth structure.
More comfortable solutions: Visiting a dentist will protect you from any issues that may occur during or after the treatment.
How is it done?
As already said, it is better to go to a dentist to get all this done. He puts a rubber shield or a gel on your gums in order to protect you from any damage to your gums that could happen due to any whitening product. After applying the gel, he applies the whitening product in the specially made tray which whitens your teeth. It may be applied for around half an hour or one hour. Active ingredient which is present in the whitening products is hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. It takes around two to four weeks to complete the treatment.
How to take care of your teeth after whitening?
After whitening treatment, it is also important to make sure that you maintain the whiteness properly:
- Visit your dentist regularly to make sure that everything is fine
- Reduce intake of sugary foods and drinks
- Use floss
- Brush your teeth daily at least twice, and also use whitening toothpaste once or twice a week
- Do touch up treatments
Can all teeth be whitened?
You must consult your dentist before you start your treatment to make sure that the money you invest in whitening the teeth is not wasted, because not all the teeth can be whitened.
Most of the teeth whitening treatments do not work on caps, fillings, crowns etc. Also it may not respond well in case of grayish or brown teeth due to smoking etc. and discoloration caused by medication or tooth injury.
There are a few side effects of whitening your teeth, but these side effects aren’t visible for a long time.
Sensitivity: Such treatments can cause sensitivity to cold things, but it is usually only for a small period of time after which everything gets back to normal.
Damage gums or enamel: This happens mostly in case of home-whitening systems because it is difficult for most people to take precautions on their own. Also overuse of whitening agents may cause such damages. Dentists are experts in any problems that may arise during the process, so it’s better that you visit a dentist for this.
Whitening you teeth may help you remove the stains and yellowness of your teeth, but taking care of your teeth properly like brushing your teeth regularly, flossing etc will naturally keep your teeth white and bright and save you a from any extra expenses.