Everyone desires a perfect smile. However, as we grow older, we begin to lose our pearly white smile. As we age, a thin coat is formed on the enamel, picking up stains, allowing our teeth to become discoloured. There are practices or “malpractices” that can speed up the process of staining and discolouration. These practices can include:
- The use of tobacco products such as Cigarettes and Chewing Tobacco
- Consuming dark coloured drinks
- Poor oral hygiene
What is Teeth Whitening?
A Teeth Whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure that removes stains and discoloration. It can significantly improve your teeth appearance.
Teeth whitening is suitable for anyone with healthy teeth and gums. However, not all discoloured teeth respond to teeth whitening treatments. For instance, for patients with fillings, crowns or the ones with extremely stained front teeth, may find undesirable results after treatments. To find out if you are a good candidate, discuss the topic with your dentist.
Types of Teeth Whitening
There are mainly two methods for Teeth Whitening. The differentiating factor between the two methods is where they can be used, at home or in clinic.
Home Teeth Whitening
With many bleaching products in the market, more individuals are opting for a ‘DIY’ home Teeth Whitening option. There are several different home products that offer Teeth Whitening:
Whitening types of toothpaste: Whitening toothpastes are made of chemicals that remove stains from the surface of the teeth without the help of bleaching substances. Furthermore, they are pocket-friendly. However, the effects last for a short period of time. Some whitening toothpaste contains peroxides. However, they do not stick on teeth for a long time to produce a strong whitening effect.
Whitening strips and gels: These are peroxide-based bleaching gels applied directly to teeth using a thin strip or toothbrush. The gel should be applied once or twice a day for two weeks. Results last for almost sixteen weeks.
Trays with bleaching agent: This method uses “mouth guard-like” trays filled with a bleaching gel or paste (containing peroxide). The tray is positioned on the teeth for a few hours every day for one month.
In-Clinic Teeth Whitening
In-clinic whitening mainly consists of a bleaching treatment administered by a dentist. It is more effective and produces higher quality results when compared to the home-based teeth whitening products. The procedure entails applying a bleaching solution directly to the teeth and combining it with heat under a special light. An in-clinic treatment will make your teeth 3 to 8 times brighter. The results are visible in just one treatment. Although, you will need multiple appointments to produce satisfying and long lasting results.