Teeth Whitening

  • 2023-10-06

What is Tooth Whitening?

  • Excessive smoking and alcohol consumption
  • Excessive consumption of tea and coffee
  • Excessive consumption of acidic beverages
  • Incorrect use of antibiotics
  • Deficiency and irregularity in oral and dental care
  • Genetic factors
  • Trauma
  • Wear and tear on tooth enamel (habits like teeth grinding, biting on pens, aging, etc.)
  • Old prostheses and fillings
  • Excessive consumption of fluoridated water, etc., can cause teeth to lose their natural color and become discolored. Tooth whitening (bleaching) is a process that aims to whiten teeth that have discolorations or are dark in color, making them look more aesthetic compared to other restorative methods. Tooth whitening is an ideal solution for a whiter and more natural smile if your teeth are healthy.

What are the methods of tooth whitening?

Home Whitening (Home Bleaching)

Customized whitening trays (transparent plastic molds) are prepared by taking impressions from inside the mouth. A certain amount of whitening gel is applied inside this prepared tray. The tray is used for at least 4-8 hours a day (preferably during sleep). The treatment lasts about 10-15 days. The treatment continues according to the recommendations and controls of the dentist.

Office Whitening (Office Bleaching)

This is a tooth whitening method applied by the dentist in the clinic. An effective whitening is achieved in a much shorter time, approximately 1 hour. Applications may vary depending on the agent used, whether laser or non-laser.

Combined Whitening

It is a tooth whitening method where both office and home types are applied together. After the whitening treatment is applied by the dentist in the clinic; It refers to the application of home-type whitening by the patient at home for 2-3 days. This method provides more effective and longer-lasting whiteness.

Internal Bleaching

Discolorations can be observed in some teeth where root canal treatment is applied after a certain period of time. A special bleaching agent is placed inside the tooth, and the tooth is temporarily closed with a filling. When the desired color is reached, the agent is removed from inside the tooth, and permanent restoration is applied to end the treatment. It is a painless and painless procedure. It offers a definite and permanent solution to discolorations occurring in single teeth.

What Should Be Considered After Whitening?

Avoid foods and drinks that can stain the tooth. Pay attention to general oral hygiene. In addition, reducing smoking will prolong the effectiveness of the whitening process.

Is Tooth Whitening Harmful and Painful?

As long as it is done under the control of a dentist and the applied gel does not come into contact with the dentin tissue and gums, it is not painful. Whitening can be applied to all patients after a dental examination, it is never a harmful procedure. Mild sensitivity may be observed during or after the application. It disappears within approximately 24 hours.

How Long Does the Effect of Tooth Whitening Last?

The effect of Tooth Whitening generally varies between 6 months to 2 years depending on the patient's use and the applied agent.

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