What is the teeth whitening like?
Teeth whitening is one of the most advanced, widely accepted and efficient methods with excellent results. It is a painless, cosmetic procedure, which does not involve any removing of the teeth surface by a bur.
The doctor puts the whitening gel on the surface of the teeth. After that, with the help of a special lamp, a mild source of heat and light activates the whitening of your tooth surface.
Can there be sensitivity?
But first, before the whitening process starts, the gingiva must be isolated with a gel as protective measure. If there is untreated caries, cracks on the enamel or the tooth surface is very thin.
That can be the reason for very annoying sensitivity during the procedure. The teeth whitening can be carried out by the doctor at his/hers praxis or by the patient at home.
No, this procedure is not harmful or dangerous. There is no negative effect of the teeth. The surface of the teeth will not be damaged.At least two procedures of tooth whitening should be done to achieve a good result.
What should i not do before teeth whitening?
It is very important that between the procedures and after that, the patient should reduce drinking coffee, tea, coke and wine. Consumption of fat consisting food and smoking should also be reduced.
Can there be sensitivity after teeth whitening?
Concerning the sensitivity of teeth after this procedure – it is strongly individual. Sometimes there is some discomfort, sometimes there is no sensitivity at all.
The procedure is a wise choice, but it does not have such a permanent effect as by non-smokers. It’ is recommended smoking to be stopped during the process of tooth whitening.
The procedure can be done at a dental praxis and also at home with individually made dental splints. Better results can be achieved if both methods are combined.
No the procedure does not affect the fillings, it affects only the surface of the teeth. A contrast between the colour of the white fillings and the new colour of the teeth will be visible.
It’s recommended that those white fillings get replaced 10 – 15 days after the end of the procedure, when the colour of the whitened teeth is stabilized, so that there is no contrast between them.
How long will the effect of the tooth whitening last, is only up to the patient. It’s important, if the patient neglectes his or hers oral hygiene and what kind of nutrition habits the patient has.
Patients should reduce smoking and the consumption of fat consisting food, patients should also reduce drinking coffee, tea, red wine and coca cola.
The more the patient complies with the advices of the doctor, the more long lasting will be the effect of the teeth whitening.
The procedure is not recommended by patients:
- with temporary (milk) teeth
- who have fixed orthodontic devices
- with untreated periodontal disease
- who suffer from a gingival recession (visible root surface)
- with untreated deep caries and damaged enamel surface
- with poor oral hygiene
- allergy caused by the elements of the whitening gel
- pregnant and breast feeding women should postpone the procedure .