Teeth Whitening (Bleaching)

Teeth may be stained or discolored for various reasons. If you want to see them brighter and whiter, you can choose bleaching.

External discoloration of teeth occurs due to food, drinks or smoking habits. Coffee, tea, red wine, food containing dyes and tobacco can contribute to such stains. These stains affect the external surface of your teeth.

Internal discoloration occurs within teeth. Distinctive discoloration can occur due to medication, childhood disease, infection, tooth trauma or aging.

Remember that the time it takes to whiten your teeth safely depends on the type of discolouration you have and the method you use to whiten your teeth.

Your dentist may use several different methods to whiten your teeth. Usually, the methods they use to bleach your teeth include carbamide peroxide. It deteriorates hydrogen peroxide and urea and targets tooth color with a chemical reaction. It is considered a safe way to whiten teeth

Teeth whitening treatment can be useful because it works very quickly. The whitening effect can also last longer. Usually, you need only one hour of treatment or several sessions to whiten your teeth. This is because the concentration of hydrogen peroxide in the applied products is higher than the products you use at home.

Your dentist may also use light to accelerate the process when applying the whitening product to your teeth, but this supplementary method has not always proven effective.

While tooth whitening is considered safe, some side effects from treatments may be encountered:

Your teeth may be more sensitive after tooth whitening. You can experience this during your first or second treatment and it decreases over time. Your dentist may recommend treating sensitivity with products containing potassium nitrate and sodium fluoride gel.

You may also experience gum irritation. This occurs when your gums are irritated. This may be due to contact with the whitening product on your gums. This side effect should disappear after the treatment.

Remember that you cannot permanently whiten your teeth. You will often need to look for whitening treatments for both exterior and interior color changes. Also note that these products are for natural teeth. If you have implants, crowns, bridges or dentures, you should consult your dentist about how to whiten your teeth.