Yes! You read it right. A brighter smile is a dental visit away. In the last blog we discussed about Natural ways of teeth whitening. Hope you liked it and applied it. This time let’s see how your dentist will help you to get a brighter smile.
However, before exploring other approaches lets revise the need to whiten your smile-
1. Boost to your confidence and self-esteem.
2. Younger appearance.
3. for a wedding or job interview.
4. Positive first impression.
5. To reverse years of yellowing.
You can take several approaches to whiten your smile-
1. In-Office bleaching
2. At-home bleaching
What is In-office Bleaching?
If you are a candidate for bleaching, your dentist may suggest a procedure that can be done in his or her office. This procedure is called chair side bleaching and may require more than one visit lasting 30 minutes to 1 hour.
During chair side bleaching, the dentist will apply either a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect the oral soft tissues. A bleaching agent is then applied to the teeth, and a special light may be used to enhance the action of the bleaching agent.
The bleaching agents contain peroxides, which actually bleach the tooth enamel and make it whiter and brighter.
Note- If you have had bonding or tooth coloured fillings placed in your front teeth, they do not get bleached and the colour may not match to that with the shade your teeth took after bleaching. So the filling should be done after the bleaching procedure or other options like Veneers should be considered.
There are various myths surrounding bleaching your teeth. Here are some with the facts about them-
Myth 1: Makes your teeth sensitive
The FACT: Sensitivity happens in some patients who already complain of sensitive teeth. It is temporary and stays only for a day or two.
Myth 2: Harms the enamel
The FACT: Teeth whitening treatments are absolutely safe and do not harm the tooth enamel unless the wrong proportions are used during the treatment.
Myth 3: It is painful
Teeth whitening treatments are safe and painless. However, the bleaching agent may cause discomfort if it touches the gums. To avoid this dentist applies a gel between the gums and teeth called gingival barrier which will prevent the solution from touching the gums.
POINT TO PONDER
The effect of teeth whitening does not last forever. It will last for eight months up to a year and then the teeth will gradually come back to its original shade.