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Tooth Bleaching- How Safe Is It?

Do You Want Your Teeth to Be Whiter?

Who doesn't adore a gleaming white bright smile?

Every year, tooth whitening is one of the most popular dental operations, with people spending huge sums of money just to keep their teeth sparkling.

Drinking coffee, red wine, smoking cigarettes, and just aging, as well as certain drugs like tetracycline, can discolor our teeth over time.

 

What is The Process of Teeth Whitening?

The term "tooth whitening" refers to any procedure that makes teeth appear whiter.

Bleaching and non-bleaching whitening products are the two most prevalent methods.

When a product eliminates food or debris from the teeth without using bleach, it is referred to as "whitening."

Bleaching products contain peroxide (hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide), which removes both surface and deep stains on teeth and can lighten teeth beyond their natural colour.

 

What Causes Teeth to Get Discolored?

Teeth discoloration can occur for a variety of causes.

Extrinsic discoloration - It is a type of discoloration that occurs outside of the body.

When foods, beverages, or smoking habits stain your teeth, this is known as extrinsic discoloration.

This form of discoloration can be caused by coffee, tea, red wine, dyed foods, and smoke. The outside of your teeth is affected by these stains.

Whitening toothpaste that targets the teeth's outer stains can be used to cure extrinsic discoloration.

Intrinsic discoloration - It is a type of discoloration that occurs naturally in the body

The term "intrinsic discoloration" refers to discoloration that occurs within the tooth.

Medication use, childhood illness, infection, dental trauma, or aging can all produce inherent discoloration.

Intrinsic discoloration may require expert bleaching to get the same level of whiteness, if not better.

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Options for Teeth Whitening

Teeth can be whitened using a variety of ways and materials. You may be unsure of which products to use and which are safe.

Whitening procedures can be divided into three categories:

 

You may decide on a teeth whitening procedure depending on one or more aspects, such as:

 

Before trying any whitening treatment, it's a good idea to talk to your dentist about it.

Best dentists can suggest a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs. You'll probably talk about a few different ways to whiten your teeth.

Keep in mind that the amount of time it takes to properly whiten your teeth depends on the type of discoloration you have and the procedure you use.

 

Other Factors and Consequences

While teeth whitening is generally regarded safe, you may encounter the following negative effects as a result of the procedure:

Sensitive teeth -  Following teeth whitening, your teeth may become more sensitive.

This could happen on your first or second treatment, and it will go away with time. Your dentist may suggest using products containing potassium nitrate and sodium fluoride gel to treat sensitivity.

Gums that are irritated - Gingival inflammation is also a possibility. When your gums become irritated, this happens.

This might happen if the whitening product comes into touch with your gums. After the treatment is over, this adverse effect should go away.

Keep in mind that teeth whitening is not a long-term solution. For both external and intrinsic discoloration, you'll need to seek whitening procedures on a regular basis.

If you have implants, crowns, bridges, or dentures, talk to your dentist about how to match the colour of your teeth.

Teeth whitening procedures may not be suitable for you if you have active cavities or are undergoing other dental treatments.

 

After Care

How long your teeth whitening benefits persist depends on your eating, drinking, and dental hygiene habits.

Your teeth remain prone to discoloration from liquids like tea and coffee, as well as certain meals, even after you've undergone any teeth whitening treatment.

Immediately after eating or drinking, rinse your mouth or brush your teeth to prevent those discoloring substances from settling into the surface of your teeth – and to reduce the possibility of plaque buildup!

 

Conclusion

Whitening your teeth is deemed safe as long as you use dentist-approved methods.

Always use the method that best suits your needs and always follow the product's instructions. If you have any negative side effects, talk to your dentist.

Author
Dr. Gaurav Sharma Dr. Gaurav Sharma Dr. Gaurav Sharma has been in practice since 2015, after graduating with his DDS from New York University with honors in Implant Dentistry that same year. Before moving to the U.S., Dr. Gaurav practiced in India for 4 years as an Associate Dentist after graduating from one of the top dental schools in India with a Bachelors's in Dental Surgery (BDS) in 2009. He is a good listener who takes time to explain different treatment options so patients fully understand. He takes pride in bringing smiles back to his patients. With his experience, skills & passion for dentistry, Dr. Sharma can provide the best dental care to his patients.

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