Teeth whitening is one of the fastest and most economical methods of cosmetic dentistry. It helps remove years of stains and discoloration in a very short time, giving you that shiny, white smile that you have always desired.
There are various teeth whitening methods to help you achieve stunning results within your budget and lifestyle. In one dental visit, you can whiten your teeth or take home an easy-to-use kit to whiten your teeth in private for about 15 minutes a day spread over ten to fifteen days.
The results will be dramatic after a teeth whitening procedure, irrespective of the method chosen. The food particles and bacteria that would have contributed to tooth stains could be removed with the help of professional cleaning.
What Causes Tooth Stains?
Over time, you might start noticing the yellowing or discoloration to your teeth even if you are thorough about your dental hygiene. Because of our genetic make-up, everyone’s tooth enamel varies in thickness and smoothness. Hence if you have thin enamel, your dentin will show through more strongly. As we become older, the tooth enamel tends to become thinner while the dentin darkens. As a result, the overall tooth color changes.
When we eat and drink, the tooth’s enamel can get discolored because it is porous. The most usual reasons for tooth stains include drinking beverages such as tea, coffee, red wine, smoking, chewing tobacco, certain medications, and age. The stain-causing foods and liquids can be washed away by brushing twice a day.
What’s involved in the Teeth Whitening Procedure?
In a teeth whitening procedure performed at a dental clinic, the dentist will first clean and examine your teeth. The shades of the existing teeth are recorded. In order to expose your cheek to start the procedure, a cheek retractor will be placed in your mouth. The gums are protected with a liquid application so that they are not harmed by the bleaching agents present in the whitening gel. Then the gel is applied to the teeth and left for some time, and then removed. To augment the effects of the whitening agent, a special light may be used. This process may be repeated several times till the desired results are realized.
How Long Do Teeth Whitening Effects Last?
The effects of teeth whitening are not permanent. The grade of whiteness will differ from person to person depending on the condition of the teeth, the extent of the stain, and the type of bleaching system used. People who avoid foods and beverages that stain may be able to enjoy their whitened teeth for one year or longer before another coat of whitening treatment is needed.
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