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The Truth about Bleaching Teeth

Who does not want to have white sparkling teeth? But every one is not gifted with them. A wedding is coming up in the family and you want your smile to be brightest. Or maybe you have an important interview or a speaking engagement. Whatever the reason, tooth bleaching is not just for the movie stars, and it is not just for one day.

There are different types of tooth stains:

There may be superficial stains that exist only on the surface of the teeth. Ordinary toothpastes will remove most of these. If they are more tenacious, they may need to be removed by a professional cleaning treatment (Scaling and Polishing). When you see advertising claims for whitening toothpastes, these are none which can really remove the tenacious stains.

Apart from tenacious stains ,there are embedded stains that have soaked into the teeth. The two worst kinds of these are tobacco stains and coffee stains. They can become quite pronounced. After a lifetime of smoking, your teeth can become a serious shade of brown. Toothpastes and professional cleanings won’t remove these. These require a professional tooth whitening treatment. This type of discoloration is successful with bleaching in at least 90 percent of patients, Several studies, during the past decade have proven bleaching to be safe and effective. If your teeth are genetically a little on the dark side, tooth bleaching will still whiten them.

How bleaching is done

Various choices

First, the dentist will determine whether you are a candidate for tooth bleaching and what type of bleaching system would provide the best results. If you are in a hurry for whiter teeth, you may decide to have your teeth lightened immediately. Your dentist will use chemical bleaching system or light bleaching while you sit in the dental chair.In the dental clinic: Zoom bleaching is the safest and latest method of tooth whitening Dentist would polish the crown with a paste, protect the gums with petroleum jelly and isolate the teeth to be bleached with a device. Fresh bleaching solution is prepared which is directly applied on the teeth for forty five minutes at the interval of 15 minutes. Once bleaching is over the teeth are washed nicely with water and are polished again. This is the fastest method of tooth bleaching. Sometimes a touch up sitting is required after some time .

Self bleaching:

This method can also be called as at home or night-guard bleaching. In this case patient wants to do the bleaching of teeth at his home the dentist prepares the special type of trays (mouth guard) for the patient which can be loaded with bleaching pastes and can be placed on the teeth. Dentist will decide the frequency and duration of the treatment. This method takes more time as it is a slow process. This should be carried out strictly under the dentist’s guidance otherwise it can be harmful too. The mouth-guard is so thin that you should even be able to talk and work while wearing it. A dentist makes the trays in his own clinic and supplies it to the patient within an hour of taking the impression. Along with the mouth-guard, you’ll receive the bleaching materials and instructions on how to wear the mouth-guard.

How long does it last?

Lightness should last from one to five years, depending on your personal habits such as smoking and drinking coffee and tea. At this point you may choose to get a touch up. This procedure may not be as costly because you can probably still use the same mouth-guard. The re-treatment time also is much shorter than the original treatment time.

Advantages

1. Safe procedure
2.Painless to adults.
3. No tooth cutting required.
4. No anesthesia necessary.
5. Least expensive as compared to other alternative treatment..

Caution

Self-treatment with household or hair bleaches should never be attempted. Extensive research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. In fact, whitening is the safest cosmetic dental procedure available. Bleaching is not recommended for children under 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women

Other Natural At Home Whitening Techniques

Brushing with baking soda or hydrogen peroxide (or sometimes both) are popular suggestions. However, baking soda is a harsh abrasive and you risk taking the enamel right off your teeth with repeated use. And we do not recommend brushing with hydrogen peroxide. While most whitening gels use some concentration of hydrogen peroxide, it is controlled. Brushing with the chemical yourself is risky as you could inadvertently ingest it.

Many fruits are natural tooth cleaners. Apples are especially good to keep teeth their cleanest. Drink as much water as possible, and stay away from sodas – even diet. Acids in sugary drinks wear away your enamel, showing your dentin, which is yellowish in color naturally. Tap water especially has fluoride that strengthens your enamel – covering up more of the yellow dentin. And of course, reducing coffee and tea intake and quitting smoking will stop the yellowing effects dead in their tracks – so you can start your new healthy life with an equally looking healthy smile.

The writer is Dr. J. Bindra of Bindra dental Clinic MDS FICD Certified Implantologist Prosthetics Crown & Bridge www.dentistryindia.com