Teeth whitening

TEETH WHITENING / BLEACHING PROCEDURES

Tooth whitening makes teeth bright and helps to remove stains and discoloration. Whitening is among the most popular cosmetic dental procedures because it can improves how your teeth look.

Whitening is not a one-time procedure. If you want to maintain brightness of teeth, whitening needs to be repeated from time to time.

What is the purpose of teeth whitening?

teeth whitening removes stains on the enamel (external stains) and in the enamel.

The most common reasons for teeth to get yellow or stained are:

  • Using tobacco
  • Drinking dark-colored liquids such as coffee, cola, tea and red wine
  • Poor orah hygiene
  • AGING: Aging makes teeth less bright as the enamel gets thinner and the dentin becomes darker

How It's Done

There are two main types of whitening procedures. OFFICE WHITENING is performed in a single visit in dental clinic. HOME WHITENING is done by patient at home.

IN-OFFICE WHITENING

The most effective type of tooth whitening is office whitening which is done by our dentist in DentaSculpt Dental Clinic.

It uses a gel that is applied directly to the tooth surface. A specialized light or laser activates the gel and allows bleaching to happen faster.

In-office whitening usually takes 30 to 90 minutes. You may need 1 to 3 appointments. The number will depend upon the method used, how severe your stains are and how white you want your teeth to be. Different types of stains respond differently to the treatment.

Whitening toothpastes are available as well. They contain abrasives that remove stains on the enamel.

HOME WHIHTENING

For in-home whitening, your dentist will take measurements of your upper and lower teeth and will make custom transparent bleaching trays to fit you.

At home, you will fill each tray with a whitening gel given by your dentist. You will wear the tray for several hours every day. Many people achieve the result within a 4 to 8 days. However, you may need to wear the tray for long time for desired results.

Follow-Up

If you find that your gums are white or sore, consult your dentist.

Whitening is not a permanent solution. The stains will recur. If you are a smoker or consume a lot of staining foods or drinks, you may see the whiteness start to fade in as little as one month. If you avoid these sources of staining, whitening can last for 6 to 12 months.

Re-whitening can be done in the dental clinic or at home.

Risks

Whitening is unlikely to cause serious side effects, although some people's teeth may become more sensitive. You may get mild gum irritation as well. Women should not have their teeth whitened while pregnant. Since the procedure is cosmetic, it should be postponed until after delivery.

Q: Can tooth whitening cause damage to enamel?

A: There is no permanent damage caused to the enamel by tooth whitening.

Q: Does tooth whitening cause permanent tooth sensitivity?

A: No, Sensitivity is always transient. However, you may be advised to use desensitising tooth pastes for a white.

Q: Am I a candidate for tooth whitening?

A: Most people are candidates for tooth whitening, but again, each situation is different and it’s best to ask your dental professional.

Q: How long does tooth whitening last?

A: You can expect whitening to last from six months to two years. Avoiding red wine, coffee, and smoking, all of which can cause staining, helps preserve the results.

Q: Is tooth bleaching safe?

A: Yes, it is safe.

Q: How much does tooth whitening cost?

A: Charges vary widely for tooth whitening. It can be from 5000 INR TO 15000 INR for IN OFFICE WHITENING. The cost of Home whitening depends on how much whitenig gel you order. Usually it costs 4000 INR for bleaching trays and 5 days kit of gels.

Q: Does tooth whitening affect fillings, veneers, or crowns?

A: Tooth whitening has little or no effect on restorative materials such as porcelain or crowns, but it may temporarily reduce the bond between enamel and composite resins.

Q: Is the solution used in tooth whitening toxic?

A: Products developed from carbamide peroxide, hydrogen peroxide, and urea (substances found in every human cell), should be used cautiously. Those who have issues are the ones who don’t follow instructions and overuse the products without supervision or guidance.

Q: Do whitening toothpastes work?

A: Whitening toothpastes typically only clean surface stains and don’t actually change the color of the teeth.