Different Types of Teeth Whitening Methods

By: Lesley Lyon

Many people give much importance to their look and they take utmost care to maintain it. This includes dental care too. They want their teeth to look white and bright. Due to the natural process, the teeth will become faded and turn out to be very dull. Age also matters a lot in this case. So they go in for teeth whitening treatment and many of the dentists do this treatment.

There are many procedures followed for whitening the teeth, and some are painful. It is better to choose the treatment which can be done in home or in office. Before doing this, it is better to check with the dentist. Some dentists do prepare mouthpieces which suits according to the persons consumed. People can go in for pre fabricated mouthpieces which will fit for all.

Teeth whitening is the most common cosmetic service done by dentists and as many people opt for this treatment. In addition to this, over the counter tooth whitening products are available in the market. Each and every tooth is made on an inner dentin layer and it has a hard outer enamel layer, through which protection to the tooth takes place. When anything is consumed in the mouth like food, and coffee, and cigarette smoking another layer will form on the top of the enamel layer gradually. This enamel layer helps to form a pellicle film if anything starts to accumulate in the mouth. A dentist can very well clean this film by scraping and by chemical treatments. This can be done at home even by brushing the teeth with abrasive toothpaste or whitening toothpaste.

The stains in the teeth are because of the accumulation of the pellicle layer for many numbers of years as the foreign material gets into the enamel layer. Actually the deeper stains do not harm the teeth, but people do not find them attractive. So in this case teeth whiteners will help. The whiteners which are used to remove the staining compounds will be bleached by using chemicals.

Generally teeth whitening is controlled by using carbamide or hydrogen peroxide. The hydrogen peroxide gels have the high intensity to speed up the bleaching through chemical reaction. Most of the dentists clean the teeth before whitening the teeth and they even fill cavities and make sure that the patient's teeth gums are healthy before proceeding to the whitening treatment.

The studies even confirmed that whitening the teeth is safe and as well as effective. The gels like carbamide peroxide do not cause any damage to the tooth enamel. But if the concentration is higher in those gels then there are chances of enamel to become weak. But most of these gels contain fluoride which minimizes the side effect. So the dentists prescribe along with fluoride gels. In case of any tooth sensitivity or gum irritation then it is better to use the whitening solution less frequently like alternative days or reducing the time spent on whitening.

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