Looking for an effective way to brighten your smile without causing damage to your teeth? A professional teeth whitening treatment is the way to do it.
Everyone who gets this treatment sees a significant change in the whiteness of their smile.
Say Cheese! The Difference Between Bleaching & Whitening
A common mistake many people make is to assume that bleaching and whitening is the same process. Though they both serve the purpose of whitening your smile, there is a very big difference between the two. The term bleaching is used for the process where products with bleach are used, commonly carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide.
Professional teeth whitening however, is when the upper layer of the teeth is cleaned to remove all the buildup and impurities in order to restore whiteness. This is less harmful as compared to bleaching, because it does not involve the use of harsh products.
What Causes Discoloration?
- Teeth grinding
- Unhealthy diet
The Staining Of Teeth
According to the cause there are two kinds of teeth stains:
- Intrinsic:Are the stains that appear on the inside layer of the teeth. These are caused by aging, injuries and excessive use of fluoride. Over time, by the process of teeth whitening, these can usually be dealt with but in more serious cases the individual must consider veneers.
- Extrinsic:Are stains on the upper layer of the teeth. These stains are caused as a result of consuming foods that are harmful for the teeth and also in the situation where they are constantly exposed to tobacco.
Risks Associated With The Treatment
No treatment is permanent and perfect and so this too comes with its risks. A professional will provide you with details of these factors so that you are aware of the risks before getting the treatment.
- Increased sensitivity:After the treatment your teeth will feel temperature sensitive. This will however only last about one or two days in most cases. It is recommended you use toothpaste with potassium nitrate as it is meant for sensitive teeth.
- Irritated gums:bleaching often causes gum irritation for several days after the treatment. But then stops once the concentration of peroxide decreases.
- ‘Technicolor teeth’:If you have dental implants and veneers, these will not be affected by the teeth whitening treatment and will have their original color. This shade will be different from the rest of your teeth after treatment–this is known as having ‘Technicolor teeth’.
Bethesda Dental Health has an excellent team that not only provides this treatment, but also all the information you need to maintain a healthy smile.
Don’t hide your smile just because of a few unappealing stains; take the necessary steps to whiten your teeth.