by Danni | Jun 15, 2017 | Beauty Treatments
Are you reluctant to smile? Are you afraid to laugh? There is nothing as embarrassing as smiling with a mouthful of damaged or discoloured teeth. You may have noticed that you have begun to shrink away from social situations for just this reason. If any of these are true teeth whitening could change your life!
What is Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening is the most basic of procedures in cosmetic dentistry. Tooth whitening or bleaching can be done in as little as one hour in the office or over a two-week period in the convenience of your own home. Tooth colour can vary from person to person just like skin and hair colour. Teeth can be made naturally and safely whiten with teeth whitening.
Teeth become discoloured for many reasons:
Tea, coffee, red wine and cigarette smoke can stain teeth
Certain medications can cause discoloration of teeth
Damaged or non-vital teeth
Tooth decay, fillings and tartar build-up can contribute to discoloration
Simply because of age, teeth develop yellowish staining
No problem, thanks to teeth whitening, all the above can be overcome. With procedures using hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide to naturally and safely lighten stains on your teeth, excellent results can be achieved.
How does it work?
The gel and the whitening process:
The enamel surface of your tooth may seem smooth but is actually made up of tiny microscopic pores. Stain causing food and drinks enter these pores and over time discolour the enamel. The whitening gel acts by penetrating and cleaning these pores in the tooth enamel and acting on the dentine inside. It oxidises organic deposits inside the pores which lighten the colour of the teeth.
A close fitting mouthpiece (similar to a mouthguard but much lighter and transparent, upper and lower can be worn at the same time) provided by the practitioner, is filled with gel and worn overnight. A good fit is essential; otherwise, the gel may leak giving an uneven result and although completely safe is not very tasty. Shop bought systems all have badly fitting trays and should be avoided.
Why is so popular
Who wouldn’t want a bright, sparkling smile? Tooth whitening is the most common cosmetic dental procedure performed today. Reasons for whitening teeth vary. For some people, it’s to prepare for a special occasion, such as an upcoming wedding or a job interview; for others, it’s desire to look one's best at all times.
Because of the popularity of this procedure, the beauty technology industry has invested heavily into turning what was once an expensive treatment into an affordable treatment accessible by many. Professional teeth whitening is now offered by beauty salons all over.
Some people can experience temporary tooth sensitivity. The tooth define becomes exposed which is not protected with enamel. The warning signs are discomfort with hot or cold, spicy or acidic foods. Your doctor or dentist can prescribe various treatments to alleviate this problem.
Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding:
As the effect of tooth whitening on an unborn child has not been fully studied, it should be avoided.
Those taking medication:
Your practitioner should always be informed of any medicines being taken.
Tooth discoloration should not be an issue. Any discoloration would normally be due to another cause on which your dentist can advise.
Who usually performs this treatment?
If you have discoloured teeth due to the staining effects of coffee or tobacco use this is the right step for you.
How much does it cost?
Prices do vary but it can be quite expensive which is why some people don't bother.