tooth whitening

What is tooth whitening (bleaching)? In which conditions is it preferable?

Bleaching is an aesthetical solution for patients who are not content with the color of their teeth. Drinking some beverages, especially tea, coffee, coke, juice, red wine; smoking, using tobacco lead extrinsic coloring on the surface of the teeth within a short time.  These stains give your teeth a yellow tint than usual. In these certain stains, successful results are achieved via bleaching application. Scaling is administered before the procedure.

Is bleaching susceptible to everyone?

In order to apply bleaching treatment, there should be a dentist check, priorly. Today’s technology allows it to be applied to every patient. Patients with unhealthy gums and with advanced gingival recession receive proper treatment before bleaching application. For patients that are underage, a minor less than 18 years of age; and that are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is advisable to reschedule the bleaching procedure for later on.  

Can dental veneers or dental fillings be whitened via bleaching?

Bleaching agents have an effective mechanism over natural teeth. It is not possible to bleach dental veneers, zirconia or composite fillings. You may request a replacement of your crowns, bridges or fillings if you are not pleased with their appearance.  

Does bleaching damage the teeth? Will it cause sensitivity?

In some cases, a small scale of sensitivity can be observed, and it fades away shortly. It is not harmful when it is applied to the right patient with a high quality and reliable product; and with an appropriate technique.

How long will the bleaching last?

It is widely important to avoid staining food and beverages, and to keep the usage of tobacco at least bare minimum especially during the first following days of bleaching procedure. Patients who brush their teeth at least twice a day regularly, who pay visits to their dentists semi-annually, who do not smoke and who do not consume tea, coffee excessively will observe much longer term of impact. Dental bleaching procedure has to be repeated once a year regularly.

Are bleaching products, that I have seen on the internet, safe? Can I get the same result as the bleaching procedure applied by the dentist?

There are various teeth whitening powders, teeth whitening strips and gels on the market that do not pass the inspections of Ministry of Health, and of which we are not familiar with the content. These products display instant results, but the outcome is much more adverse. Dental bleaching requires professionalism. It is crucial for sustainable oral and dental health to apply qualified, reliable products with an appropriate technique under a dentist supervision.