Teeth whitening is a very popular process. People use it in order to achieve a whiter, brighter smile.
Of course, a variety of teeth colors exist. Even maintaining good oral hygiene, your teeth may not be perfectly white.
Additionally, consuming certain foods like coffee, tea, red wine, and beets contributes to yellowing.
Various whitening methods and products may be offered to you by your dentist:
On chair teeth whitening
This type of whitening is performed directly in the dental office. It is preferred by people who do not want to do an at-home treatment that lasts for several days. Chair whitening can be done in one appointment of about 30 to 60 minutes.
The procedure involves isolating the teeth and protecting the gums with a protective gel or rubber dam. Thereafter, a whitening gel, usually based on hydrogen peroxide, is applied to the teeth for a few minutes. The gel is then removed. Sometimes it may be necessary to repeat these steps more than once in the same session in order to get the desired result.
At home teeth whitening
Under the supervision of a dentist, it is possible to whiten your teeth at home. The dentist takes an impression of the teeth in order to make a custom-made aligner that perfectly fits your teeth. A gel of carbamide or hydrogen peroxide should be applied in small amounts inside the aligners to whiten your teeth. It is possible to wear the aligners during the day or at night, depending on your preference and the dentist’s recommendation. The treatment lasts about 14 days.
Tooth sensitivity and / or gum irritation may be felt during treatment. In such a case, the dentist may prescribe neutral fluoride or toothpaste for sensitive teeth that you can place in your aligners and leave to act on your teeth for 30 minutes for a few days. The sensitivity normally goes away after stopping bleaching treatments.
Over-the-counter teeth whitening
Many whitening products are available over the counter and it can be tempting to try them. We recommend that you seek advice from your dentist before embarking on such treatments. They can give you more information about these products and tell you which one would be recommended for your teeth.
It’s nice to know that whitening toothpastes don’t really whiten your teeth. In addition, these products contain abrasives that will thin your enamel in the long term.
At home care:
Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is an easy way to maintain a healthy mouth!
Flossing is not to be overlooked. Including dental floss in your oral hygiene routine has several advantages:
It eliminates a maximum of food residues and bacteria
It prevents the formation of tartar
It helps prevent bad breath
It helps prevent certain serious conditions such as cardiovascular disease
It is also recommended that you floss BEFORE brushing. This allows the toothpaste to work better on all surfaces of the teeth.
Consumption and lifestyle:
The consumption of tobacco, alcohol or even taking medication can affect oral health and overall health in addition to the color of your teeth.
Alcohol is sweet and sour. These two characteristics play an important role in the formation of cavities and gum disease. In addition, consuming alcohol in large amounts increases the risk of developing oral cancer.
Tobacco is as harmful to dental health as alcohol. Combined with alcohol, tobacco greatly increases the likelihood of facing dental health problems and even general health problems.
Dental rehabilitation offers you a solution that allows you to regain a smile whose aesthetic and functional balance will be optimal, while giving the face a more youthful and natural appearance. Get it today with a free consultation of Mon Smile.