Most men and women desire to have a white smile that sparkles. But only a small portion of society actually maintains a whitening regime, mainly due to the misinformation that surrounds teeth whitening. Many believe that when bleaching your teeth it will lead to teeth corrosion. Extensive clinical research has been done though to disprove this myth of corrosion of the teeth due to bleaching.
Bleaching and whitening are used incorrectly quite frequently. Whitening will only restore your teeth to their original surface color by removing stains and food particles. Basically anything like toothpaste whitens your teeth. Bleaching is when the product actually use’s bleach – in the product ingredients list, bleach will normally be referred to as peroxide. Only bleaching will change the brightness of your teeth beyond their natural shade. The term whitening is more appealing to people than bleaching.
Teeth bleaching should be performed and carefully monitored by a dentist or a member of his staff. When at a dentist office, the highest concentrations of bleach can be used to brighten the shade of your teeth within the shortest amount of time possible. Most of the time bleaching can be done within an hour which is a main reason as to why people will schedule to have the procedure done during their lunch hour. During their treatment, patients can take a map or catch up on some reading.
When visiting the dentist for teeth whitening, he will ask you routine questions before the he starts bleaching. He will also ask questions in reference as to how the discoloration occurred. Such questions will include what type of food you eat on a daily basis and whether or not you drink coffee and tea.
Discoloration due to food, tobacco, age, and drugs are the circumstances in which bleaching works best. When it comes to food, certain food types will stain a person’s teeth more than others (example: blueberry pie and red wine). When smoked, the nicotine in tobacco leaves tiny particles that cause discolorations to dentin.
Before having your teeth bleached your dentist will recommend that have a professional teeth cleaning performed. The reason you want to get a cleaning prior to bleaching is to prevent the bleaching of plaque. Additionally, if you have any cavities, you should get them filled prior to your teeth whitening treatment.
There are three things to remember before having your teeth bleached. First no matter how much you bleach your teeth they will never look unnaturally white. Secondly, recessed gums expose yellow roots at the gum line; the yellow is extremely hard to whiten. Third, bleaching your teeth requires more than one treatment. You will need to schedule a few appointments if you wish to indefinitely maintain a bright white smile. Also remember that it will only take a short amount of time to have your teeth whitened – usually an hour or less per treatment.
There are some minor side effects to bleaching such gum sensitivity. Also children under thirteen and women pregnant or women lactating should not have this procedure done.
Bleaching results will vary from person to person. Having realistic expectations is important – you will not acquire ultra white teeth with only one treatment! To find out more about teeth whitening and teeth bleaching, contact your local dentist and schedule an initial consultation.