Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure that helps to enhance the aesthetics of your smile. It is quite a simple and non-invasive procedure, which doesn’t require a lot of time to be spent at the dentist’s practice. In fact, some of the most advanced options can be completed in as little as one hour, making it highly convenient for individuals running on tight schedules. If you’re considering teeth whitening, you may have these commonly asked questions in mind:
Why do teeth stain?
Although our teeth have naturally different shades, their color could be affected by various internal and external factors. The most common cause of teeth staining is the consumption of colored foods and beverages. The coloring particles could get dislodged in the porous structure of the teeth and discolor them. Some of the other factors are improper or irregular oral hygiene, chewing tobacco, smoking cigarettes, excessive consumption of alcohol, adverse effects of medication, wear due to acidic foods and bruxism, and aging.
What are the means of teeth whitening?
Based on the type of approach, teeth whitening can briefly be distinguished into two types. The first one is the use of a teeth whitening product (gel) to bleach the teeth and get rid of the staining. The gel usually contains Hydrogen Peroxide, which liberates oxygen molecules that penetrate the porous structure of the enamel and whiten it. The second means is using abrasive forces to remove the superficial stains from the teeth surfaces. It is the lesser preferred method owing to its limited-effectiveness and invasive nature.
Can you use hydrogen peroxide at home?
We do not recommend doing this without the advice of a dentist. Hydrogen peroxide should ideally not come in contact with the soft tissues of the mouth as it can have radical reactions. Even if you prefer getting your teeth whitened at home, we will provide customized whitening trays that you can take home and use comfortably without affecting the gums and soft tissues.
What is the best way to whiten the teeth?
Conventional teeth whitening conducted at a dental practice is known to be one of the safest and simplest means to whiten one’s teeth. The dentist will meticulously apply the whitening gel on the teeth, let it sit for a few minutes, and rinse it afterward. The procedure may be repeated multiple times in case the extent of staining is severe. If you are running on a tight schedule, we may suggest laser teeth whitening as it is highly effective and can be completed in a shorter time span.