Professional Teeth Whitening Options
Tooth whitening is a simple cosmetic dental process to keep teeth bright, shiny, white and healthy. If sparkle lacks on your teeth then tooth whitening is the first thing suggested or recommended by the dentists.
Reasons for Color Changes in Teeth
- Drinking tea, coffee and red wine stain the intense color pigments chromogens attaching in the enamel.
- Tar and nicotine in tobacco turns the tooth enamel yellowish.
- Enamel gets thinner with age.
- Injury in the mouth might change the color of the tooth enamel.
- Certain medications like the use of antihistamines, antipsychotics and some high blood pressure medicines discolor the adult teeth.
- Even chemotherapy darkens teeth.
Where this teeth whitening would work
- The whitening products are generally hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide which breaks the stains into smaller pieces to make the tooth look bright and shiny.
- Important observation is that whitening would not work on caps, veneers, crowns or fillings or discoloration caused due to medications or tooth injury.
- Some whitening toothpastes with ADA Seal are meant for only to remove stain. They have special chemical and polishing agents for stain removal effectiveness.
- A procedure called chairside bleaching could be done in one visit only by applying protective gel or rubber shield in gums. Bleach is applied to the teeth with a special or laser light to enhance the whitening action of the teeth.
- Whitening strips or peroxide containing whiteners could be safely used at home for whitening but the concentration of peroxide would be lower than that of the dentist.
Procedure of whitening in case of patients having sensitive teeth
We in Garden Dental would take every precaution while whitening for all sensitive individuals. Administering local anesthesia on the area to make it numb would safely help to monitor the process. The chemicals used have fortunately a neutral pH solution which would not adversely affect the integrity of the teeth. Any discomfort to protect the gums would be taken care of and post-treatment sensitivity does not last long for more than 24 hours.
Results of whitening
A technique called ZOOM Whitening is available at Gardens Dental Group where hydrogen peroxide-based gel on teeth protects the gum and the bleaching process needs about 45 minutes to get the gel activated.