What is Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening is the process of enhancing the colour of teeth using whitening solutions. Different whitening solutions are used based on the brands available and in different concentrations. Teeth whitening can be done either as an in-chair procedure or at home using a take-home whitening kit.
What causes teeth to discolour?
Many factors can cause teeth to lose their shine and appear dark in colour. Discolouration can be caused due to extrinsic or intrinsic factors. Extrinsic factors include coffee, tea, red wine, smoking while intrinsic factors are, age, genetics, medications or trauma to the tooth
What does the whitening process involve?
The take-home kit involves trays to fit your teeth. Trays are worn from 1.5-2 hours per day from anywhere between 5 to 10 days. In-chair whitening involves putting a shield on your gums to protect them and then applying a stronger solution compared to the take-home kit. The procedure takes 1.5-2 hours during which the solution is applied 3-4 times. Sometimes a second visit is required if the desired results are not obtained or if someone is looking for a drastic change
Will teeth whitening make my teeth weak?
There is a general misconception that teeth whitening can cause your teeth to become brittle or weak. You can rest assured teeth whitening will not weaken your teeth; however, some people may experience some sensitivity. This sensitivity is temporary and disappears within a few days. Your dentist will also give you special instructions on how to make the process as comfortable as possible.
Is teeth whitening permanent?
Whitening results typically last up to several months. Whitening treatments can be repeated once your teeth start to discolour over time. Whitening results may vary from individual to individual. Age, the shade of teeth before whitening are factors involved. Veneers and build-ups are options offered in case the patient has not achieved satisfactory results.
Is teeth whitening for everyone?
Before you decide to undergo teeth whitening, it is best to consult your dentist. He will check the health of your gums and teeth, and give you the best advice on how and when to start the treatment. We suggest a clean to remove stains and calculus and to get your gums healthy before whitening. The dentist will also advise you to use Tooth Mousse® to reduce sensitivity before and after the procedure.
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