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Professional teeth whitening is an efficient way to make teeth white, shiny that has been receiving a lot of interest so far. Not only does this method help prevent oral disease but it also brings you a nice-looking smile and confidence whenever you communicate. However, not many people are aware that the outcome of this method vastly depends on their own decision.

A nice, bright look is the common wish of everyone, especially in today’s era of advanced science and technology. To get this, white, shiny teeth is to where to start with. Many people opt for teeth whitening for a nice set of teeth. However, not everyone understands this method. If you plan on having your teeth whitened, we recommend you learn the following things before going to your dentist.

1. Yellow teeth are a part of aging

As we get older with time, our body also ages. Hair will turn from black to gray and teeth will become yellow gradually. According to specialists, yellow teeth are the result of discolored internal tooth dentin and external enamel.

The dentin will get blackish after working for a long time while the enamel becomes thinner and thinner due to chewing and exposure to acidic foods. The discolored dentin, when being looked through a thin enamel layer, will make your teeth look yellow.

Besides aging, your teeth may turn yellow or discolored due to:

  • Use of tetracycline before the age of 10

  • Excessive contact with fluoride (also known as fluorosis)

  • A condition called Amelogenesis Imperfecta

  • Genetics

  • Lifestyle habits such as drinking tea, coffee, wine or smoking

  • Poor oral hygiene

To improve staining and discoloration, teeth whitening is the top preferred method. However, is it safe and will it damage the tooth enamel?

2. Is teeth whitening safe?

Teeth whitening is a method using specialized chemicals together with light energy to generate oxidation reactions in order to cut off the chains of pigment molecules inside the tooth dentin. This helps make teeth whiter and brighter without damaging the tooth surface or any internal part.

Studies have shown that this method is considered safe and non-threatening to oral health, the tooth enamel, and won’t change the tooth structure if performed properly. Therefore, if you plan on receiving teeth whitening, it is best that you choose trustworthy dental clinics to make sure that authentic whiteners and modern light systems are used. If you want to whiten your teeth at home, consult your dentist to avoid using low-quality or counterfeit whiteners, or use improper dosage as these chemicals can spread to your gums and result in serious oral disease.

3.Teeth whitening options

teeth whitening options

Nowadays, there are many teeth whitening options such as using natural ingredients, toothpaste with whitening properties, teeth-whitening gel, and whitening strips. However, at-home whitening trays and in-office teeth whitening are the most common ones.

Learn more: Your Step-by-step guide to professional teeth whitening

Wear teeth-whitening tray at home

Whitening trays are made of transparent plastic to hold the whitener and prevent saliva from interfering. If you whiten your teeth with this option, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth and make the whitening tray exactly based on the size of your teeth. Generally, this option is quite advantageous at a low cost but it is not effective for every case. Therefore, most of the time, dentists will recommend this option to people with slightly stained teeth.

In-office teeth whitening

This option consists of 3 steps: removing tartar, polishing, and whitening teeth. Your dentist will use a whitener with the concentration of 35-37% together with a high-intensity light beam to stimulate deeper penetration. Before applying the whitener, your dentist will give you a gum shield and mouth guard as well as apply numbing medications to make you feel more comfortable.

The biggest advantage of this method is its quick and efficient effects on serious problems as well as on tooth discoloration due to fluorosis or use of antibiotics such as tetracycline. Moreover, as both your upper and lower teeth are whitened at the same time, they look evenly and naturally white.

4. Who is not the candidate for teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a rather efficient way to change your teeth color, aiming to bring you white, shiny teeth and a confident smile. Nonetheless, discuss with your doctor first as this method may not be right for you if you:

  • Have extremely sensitive teeth

  • Suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease

  • Have oral diseases such as gingivitis, tooth decay, eroded tooth roots, and exposed tooth roots

  • Have allergic reactions to the whitener

  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding. The active chemicals in the whitener can affect your baby’s health.

  • Are under 18 years old

  • Have had dental crowns

5. What you need to keep in mind about teeth whitening

  • Before the procedure, you need to remove all the tartar, receive tooth filling to restore worn out tooth roots, treat gum disease or else you will experience pain and are at a higher risk for other problems during the whitening procedure. Plus, the procedure will not be effective, which is a waste of time and money.

  • Many people experience pain and sensitivity after the procedure. If you have the same problem, don’t worry too much because this is a quite common side effect, accounting for 60% of the cases and is not dangerous. Your dentist may prescribe you some pain-relievers like ibuprofen to improve this issue.

  • The effect of teeth whitening will not last forever as teeth can easily turn yellow under the impact of the foods and drinks we consume. Most of the time, the whitening effect will only last for 6 months to 2 years and depends upon many factors such as the state of teeth, your diet, and lifestyle.

  • The whitener only takes effect on real teeth, not artificial ones. You need to be aware of this and your dentist will discuss with you about this before the procedure.

  • After the procedure, you should keep going to dental checkups once every 6 months, practice thorough oral hygiene, and always brush carefully after eating to minimize re-discoloration.

  • Overuse of whiteners can permanently damage your teeth.

  • Before making the decision to get teeth whitening, the most important thing for you is to find a trustworthy dental clinic. Nowadays, teeth whitening is performed at a lot of places without the required equipment and facilities where the dentists give unclear information as well. Some people buy the chemicals themselves to whiten their teeth at home, which results in gum damage and pulpitis. Therefore, you need to find reliable dental clinics like The East Rose Dental (Old Rose Dental Clinic)to ensure optimal results and safety for your oral health.

We hope that through this article, you have got some useful information regarding teeth whitening options. If you still have any questions, visit your dentist for further clarification.

Healthy, radiant teeth are what makes a beautiful smile. How to best take care of your oral health? It’s recommended that you and your family should visit your dentist once every 6 months to get timely diagnosis and treatment for any oral problems.  

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