Bleaching is a method used to whiten teeth that changed color due to various reasons, or to lighten the personal tooth color a few shades. It is quite practical solution since the people who are not satisfied with the color of their teeth can see the result immediately.
Natural colors of the teeth get darker over the years due to external factors and depending on our dietary habits. With the dental bleaching method that can be implemented at the surgery or at home, the teeth are lightened 2 – 10 shades, obtaining a satisfactory whitening and a nice smile. Bleaching must be performed under the supervision of a professional.
Bleaching is done in two ways:
This is a treatment method in which the physician uses a whitening gel along with a source of light that activates this gel in a clinical environment, which takes approximately 1 hour in total, with 15-minute sessions. During the application, your gums are protected with a special barrier material and the whitening gel is applied onto your teeth and activated by the light source. In order to avoid sensitivity after the application and to preserve the whiteness applied, your physician can prescribe various solutions and recommend special toothpastes.
2. Home Bleaching
Home bleaching is the method in which the bleaching process is performed at home, rather than at the clinic.
Personalized trays are prepared with a simple oral impression. The trays in which the whitening gel is placed are worn for 4 to 8 hours a day depending on the colour of the teeth and the desired whitening is achieved in an average of 10 – 15 days.
Disoloring agents (tea, coffee, cigarettes, wine, medical mouthwash etc.) should be avoided during the use of trays. The procedure may require repeating every now and then for colour permanency.
In dental bleaching treatment, either Office or Home bleaching option can be preferred. However, in terms of the permanency of whiteness, it is best to combine these two treatments. A combined treatment is achieved with the treatment implemented at the clinic, followed by the home use of the trays provided. In addition, the special paste with a bleaching content, prescribed by your doctor, helps to ensure a permanent treatment.
Does Dental Bleaching cause any harm?
Bleaching is a harmless and very effective method as long as the procedure is performed by a physician specialized in the procedure.During or after the bleaching process, mild or moderate sensitivity may develop. This sensitivity will completely disappear in 1 – 2 days.
What other stains can be removed with dental bleaching?
- Natural stains
- Stains caused by long-term use of antibiotics
- Stains due to excessive intake of fluorine
- Stains that may occur after a root canal treatment
- Stains which may develop following a trauma
- Stains as a result of aging
Is dental bleaching the same process as the removal of stains on the tooth surface?
It is not the same process. These stains are the colorations on the outer surface of the tooth and can be removed by mechanical cleaning. If a bleaching procedure is to be carried out, the stains must strictly be removed prior to the bleaching.
What kind of foods should be avoided after dental bleaching?
Consumption of colored foods such as coffee, coke, tea and wine as well as smoking should be reduced.