Teeth Whitening is one of the most easiest clinical procedures you can perform in a clinical set up and its rewarding. Before starting to have a discussion on teeth whitening just have a look at these preoperative and post operative works .
Whether you are self-conscious because you have yellowed teeth from smoking or drinking coffee, or if you just want to look your best, tooth whitening is a sure way to brighten your smile and gain increased confidence in your appearance. Learn a general overview about teeth whitening techniques and methods as well as the cost of teeth whitening by reading the sections below.
WHAT IS TEETH WHITENING ?
- Tooth whitening falls under the category of cosmetic dentistry.
- The tooth whitening process eliminates discolouration and stains on the teeth, and can also brighten the natural pigmentation of the teeth. It causes a better reflection of light and enhances the overall appearance of the teeth.
- The degree of improvement will depend upon how severely the teeth are stained or discoloured as well as the nature of the stains.So the results of the procedure varies from patient to patient .
- When teeth are brown or yellow due to coffee, tea, or smoking, stains will generally lighten four to five shades. Teeth that are gray due to natural pigmentation or antibiotics use will lighten two to three shades.
- Regardless, your teeth will be noticeably brighter after teeth whitening. While there are a number of over-the-counter teeth whitening methods that make various claims, only a dental professional can recommend the most effective teeth whitening treatment for you.
In general 2 most common methods are employed Laser Treatment & Chemical based bleaching.The information below gives a clear cut idea as to which procedure is better suited for a particular patient.
TEETH WHITENING TECHNIQUES
In Office Laser Tooth Whitening
In-office teeth whitening methods are performed with bleaching gel and laser light. This is a good method of teeth whitening for sensitive teeth, as the process may be closely monitored by the cosmetic dentist. The teeth are carefully isolated from the lips and gums, and then a bleaching gel is applied to them. A laser is used in conjunction with the gel to accelerate and amplify the tooth whitening process.
At-Home Tooth Whitening
Peroxide based at home teeth whitening procedures. The outcome depends on 2 factors ….
* The concentration of peroxide in the whitener.
* The amount of time this whitener is in contact with the surface of the user’s teeth.
It’s as simple as that. For teeth to whiten they need to be exposed to an appropriate teeth whitener (in an appropriate manner) for an appropriate amount of time.
Cosmetic dentist can take imprints of your teeth and then make custom-fitted trays for you to take home to complete the tooth whitening process. There are also teeth bleaching kits and other over-the-counter teeth whitening products available to brighten your smile.
Comparing professional teeth bleaching with at-home teeth whitening treatments.
Professional teeth whitening is a technique where the whitener is applied by your dentist in their dental office. In contrast, with at-home teeth whitening the dental patient has the bleaching materials with them at home and performs their bleaching treatments on their own, unsupervised.
At-home teeth bleaching typically requires performing whitening treatments each day over a series of weeks. In comparison the number of professional teeth bleaching treatments that are needed are typically much fewer in number, possibly even as few as one. It has been suggested that, as a ballpark estimate, one hour of in-office whitening treatment can produce the same whitening effect as one to two weeks of at-home tray-based whitening.
Some pros & cons of at-home teeth whitening:
-The dental patient must be capable of complying with the whitening system’s technique and instructions.
-The person must have the time and inclination to perform the whitening treatments.
-It can take some weeks or even months before the final results are seen with at-home systems.
– At-home teeth whitening usually costs less than professional teeth bleaching treatments.
Some pros & cons of professional teeth whitening:
-The whitening effect is seen immediately.
-The whitening is accomplished in just a few appointments (possibly even just one).
-Professional teeth whitening usually costs more than using at-home teeth whitening products.
So what’s the best method ?
Clearly from the pov of a dentist Laser technique is the best available solution that is quick and produces more consistent results.But of course the treatment type some times do vary depending on the extent of spending a patient is willing to do.