Tooth whitening is nothing but changing the colour of your teeth to bring it back to its original colour. Though the complete colour cannot be changed, it will lighten the existing shade.
Need for Teeth Whitening
There are several reasons for getting your teeth whitened. Each one is unique. Just like your hair and skin colours are different, so are the colours of your teeth. Very few people have perfectly white teeth. Teeth become more discoloured as we age. Because of your food, tea, coffee, red wine, and blackcurrant can cause our teeth to lose its colour. Smoking can also stain the teeth. Other factors like Calculus or tartar can also affect your teeth colour. Under the above circumstances, it becomes imperative to go for teeth whitening.
What does it involve?
The most common method of whitening your tooth is to go for professional bleaching. When you get in touch with us, we will check your teeth and tell you whether they can be whitened or not. First of all, we will put the rubber shield or a gel to your gums so that it can be protected against this treatment. Once this is done, we will apply the whitening product on your teeth and will use the specially made tray which will act as a mouthguard. Usually, hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide is used as the active ingredient in this process. These ingredients are broken down thenthe oxygen enters the teeth enamel and the colour of the teeth becomes lighter.
This treatment may take 3 to 4 weeks. You may need to visit ustwo or three times. During the first visit, we will take the impression of the mouthguard.
How long it will stay whiter
This varies from person to person. However, it is expected to last for three years. The effect will be less if you intake the products that will stain your teeth. It is ideal to take the opinion of a dentist before going in for the treatment.
Before and after the treatment you might find your teeth become sensitive to cold items. Others may have a problem with their gums. You might also get a sore throat or white patches on the gum line. These symptoms are temporary and should not last for more than a few days post the treatment. If they persist, then it is ideal to consult your dentist.