Teeth whitening, or teeth bleaching, is an aesthetic dentistry procedure in which the colour of the teeth is brightened and stains and spots are removed. Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures because it can greatly improve the look of the teeth and provide a brighter smile in short time.
Why Do Teeth Change Colour?
Teeth’s natural whiteness can perish over time because of some of the following reasons: food and dark coloured drinks such as coffee, tea or coke, tobacco use, antibiotics like tetracycline and doxycycline, age, insufficient oral hygiene, chemotherapy (cancer treatment) and fluorosis, a condition occurred by excessive intake of flouride from fluoridated drinking water or fluoridated toothpaste that causes mottling on the surface of the teeth.
Teeth whitening is suitable for patients who have healthy, unrestored teeth with no fillings and healthy gums. Patients whose teeth have yellow tones are more likely to respond to the procedure
Patients with gum disease, cavities, exposed roots, teeth with worn enamel (outermost covering of the teeth) and children under 16 years of age are not recommended to have teeth whitening done. Besides, patients allergic to peroxide (the whitening agent) and with sensitive teeth and gums should not undergo this procedure. Teeth whitening or dental bleaching is also not recommended for pregnant or lactating women because it can affect the saliva content (watery substance formed in the mouth), the mineralization of the teeth and cause teeth sensitivity.
Preparation for the procedure may take an extra 30 minutes, during which the dentist cleans the patient’s teeth professionally to get rid of dental tartar and plaque and places a protective barrier on the patient’s gums. It is recommended for patients with sensitive teeth to use desentisising toothpaste several weeks before the procedure. If desensitising toothpaste does not help reduce the sensivity, the patient may take a painkiller prescribed by the dentist.
Professional teeth whitening, also known as dental bleaching, is a simple procedure that can be done in almost every dental clinic. Whitening bleaches such as hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide are used during the procedure. These dental bleaches break stains into smaller pieces and make the stain less concentrated on the teeth and provide a whiter look. Besides, There is another teeth whitening method: Laser tooth whitening, in which these bleaches are applied to each tooth and laser is used to generate heat to increase the effectiveness of the bleach. However, the cost is not so reasonable as the laser tooth whitening is the most expensive method for teeth whitening.
Tooth whitening (bleaching) is a very safe procedure, however, there are some risks. Overuse of whiteners can damage teeth enamel or gums, also cause teeth sensitivity to hot or cold stimuli. Bleaching solution used in the teeth whitening process may cause temporary chemical burns and toothache.
Gum irritation, tooth sensivity, and pain are some of the most common side effects of teeth whitening. However, these side effects would dissipate on its own within a few days.
If done properly, teeth whitening has a %90 percent success rate depending on the professionality of your aesthetic dentist.
Turkey has gained a prestigious place among health tourism destinations recently, providing patients good quality of medical services at reasonable prices. That’s why Turkey is a good place to undergo teeth bleaching and other cosmetic dentistry procedures. You can find a dentist by getting a free quote from our website.