The most frequently asked question is whether teeth whitening is harmful?
There are several different methods, and one of them is home teeth whitening under the continuous control of the dentist. It is the least aggressive method that anyone can carry out at home after being trained by a dentist.
What exactly is teeth whitening?
In the process of whitening, we use a substance called carbamide – peroxide. This substance releases oxygen. Due to oxidation of organic matter in dentin, the teeth are bleached. The structure of the teeth does not change in this process does!
What is the procedure for home teeth whitening?
After examination of the teeth in the dental office, it is necessary to take the impressions of both the upper and lower jaw. The patient receives trays for both jaws, made individually. The trays are comfortable to wear and do not cause any problems for the patient.
Teeth whitening process is done during the night. Before heading to sleep, the patient applies the gel for teeth whitening into the trays. Then you go to sleep and take out the trays in the morning. This process is repeated for several days or weeks, depending on which color the patient wants to achieve.
What you should know before choosing this method of teeth whitening?
Home teeth whitening is recommended because the desired color comes gradually. This is the most widespread method of the teeth whitening in the world. Some patients find it difficult only because they should not consume dark colored drinks (coffee, tea, red wine) during the teeth whitening process. Due to the nature of this process, the teeth are susceptible to changing color, which in the case of consumption of these beverages leads to darkening of the teeth.
Also, transient tooth sensitivity is possible, mainly when you consume something very cold. If you notice that this has occurred, contact your dentist and he will advise you on further procedure. Some of the tips that are applicable in this case are reducing the number of days for this process, reducing the concentration of carbamide – peroxide in whitening gel or to use toothpaste against tooth sensitivity. This sensitivity always goes away, but it is necessary that patients know it is possible to happen.
What should be done before starting this process?
-Eliminating plaque and tartar on the teeth, teeth polishing
-Fixing all the cavities
-Replacement of the fillings that are cracked
Teeth whitening cannot be performed in patients who have acute inflammation of the gums and soft tissue in the oral cavity.
What should be done after whitening?
It is important that the patient knows that white (composite) fillings are not subjects for bleaching. So, if you have a filling in the visible region of the smile that is good in its structure, it should remain in the tooth during the teeth whitening process. After completing the process, you will need to change it, because its color will not match the new color of the teeth. This is also the case if you have ceramic crowns on the front teeth.
The longevity of the effect of teeth whitening is individual and it can take up to several years. It is possible to repeat this process at any moment. Now you can safely enjoy your new smile.