As we age discolouration of the teeth happens to everyone due mainly to lifestyle and habits that smoking, the drinking of tea, coffee, red wine, foods and beverages with a high acidity level can lead to permanent discolouration and erosion of the enamel. Teeth whitening is by far one of the most popular forms of cosmetic dentistry and is the process of making the teeth look whiter by removing stains and discolouration without removing any of the tooth surface. This form of whitening is only suitable for those with their own teeth and not suitable for those with any dental additions. (Those pregnant or breastfeeding should inform the dentist first).
Reasons for teeth whitening:
1 To increase self confidence and youthfulness
2 To improve aesthetic value
3 To improve smile and the first impression this creates
Procedure: Initially the gums are protected by a rubber dam which is put over the top them, then a jelly bleaching product (hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide) is painted onto the teeth and a plasma light or laser is shone onto the teeth heating them and this activates the chemical. The extreme light speeds up the reaction and the results are instant. This procedure can take your teeth up to five or six shades lighter but will probably mean having between 1-3 sessions and possibly more. Although this is the quickest option a common side effect of power whitening is “sensitive teeth” which can last from a few days to months.
The effects of teeth whitening vary from person to person and is less likely to last as long if you smoke, eat or drink products which can stain your teeth. This form of treatment means instant brighter whiter teeth.
The information contained in the site is to inform only & in no way does it replace a consultation or a medical diagnosis by a qualified doctor.