Cosmetic dentistry offers many choices for an attractive smile, one of which is bleaching. There are two kinds of bleaching systems: office type and home type. While home-type bleaching gives results at least in one week, office-type bleaching whitens teeth apparently in 30 minutes. A dentist should apply office bleaching. For an effective and long-lasting bleaching, experience of the dentist and, the material and the instrument are most important factors.
- Why do teeth get stained and discolored?
Especially coffee, tea, smoking and other color drinks stain the teeth when consumed too much.
Discoloration due to long antibiotic medications.
Excessive fluoride intake
Discolorations after canal treatments
Trauma related discolorations
- How is bleaching applied?
It’s a decoloration process in which special gel is applied onto the teeth surfaces and activated by either a laser light or chemically.
- How many types of bleaching are available?
- How is office type bleaching applied?
This is a bleaching system applied by a dentist in dentistry clinic and obtained a whiter look in a very short time.
Firstly soft tissues are protected against harmful effect of gels by special creams providing isolation.Gel is activated by laser and provides a visible decoloration in 30 minutes.Office type bleaching systems are more effective and long lasting compared to home type bleaching systems.
With completion of the procedure, you can leave the clinic with a whiter smile.
- How is home-type bleaching is applied?
Special trays are prepared according to measurements taken from your mouth.
You fill these trays with the special gel and place them on your teeth. It must stay on your teeth at least 4 hours a day.
Teeth must be brushed before and after the application.
You should not smoke or consume colored food after the application.
This procedure should be repeated at least for 4 weeks.
The biggest disadvantage of home bleaching is the long-duration of the treatment.
This makes the patients commitment to treatment difficult.
Effectiveness of home type bleaching is lower than of the office-type
- Who can have bleaching procedure?
To all persons with healthy teeth.
- Does it have any complication?
There is no complication in terms of teeth and gums when a dentist applies the bleaching.
- Do teeth revert back to their old color?
Certainly, there will be a color-change over time.This period depends on the patients habits and tooth-care.Repeating applications for every 1-2 years will help to maintain your teeth color.
- Does it cause any sensitivity?
Most of the time, slight temporary sensitivity may occur which disappear in a few days.
- Is it the same procedure with staining of teeth?
No, it is not. Stains developed on teeth surfaces are discoloration of outer layer of the teeth and they are cleaned mechanically. This procedure must be applied before bleaching.
- Is bleaching harmful?
It has no harm to soft and hard tissues of your teeth.
Experienced dentists with high-quality materials must apply bleaching.
- What precautions should be followed after bleaching?
You should reduce smoking.Consumption of colored drinks like coffee, cola and tea should be reduced.