The procedures which are being done in order to eliminate darker – colored teeth because of either the structure of the enamel and the tooth or for various reasons are called teeth whitening or bleaching.
A darkening in the color of the teeth occurs due to the exposure to external factors over the years. By procedures applied either at home or at a dental clinic, a satisfactory whitening can be achieved.A whitening can be achieved harmlessly via a teeth whitening procedure up to 2-3 tones. Supplies used during the teeth whitening procedure are for professional use only. Agents in cosmetic procedures without the supervision of a dentist are quite ineffective and may harm the teeth structure.
The polishing procedure is done after the cleansing of food residue, stains caused by consumption of tea, coffee, tobacco, and due to brushing habits on the teeth. The teeth are ready for whitening after these procedures.
Coloration due to the use of drugs or the structure of the teeth cannot be eliminated by this procedure. Bleaching procedure should provide successful results in eliminating these colorations.
Bleaching can be applied via 2 methods:
Home Bleaching: This is the method you can apply to yourself at your home by the guidance of and instructions from your dentist. A tailor – made bleaching tray is prepared in accordance with the measurements taken from the patient’s mouth. Bleaching is achieved by a bleaching medication put inside the bleaching tray and placing it in your mouth while you’re sleeping. This procedure is applied for 7 – 10 days, depending on the rate of whitening and the desired result.
Office Bleaching: This is the method applied by the dentist if a quick result is desired. The gums are isolated and a medication is applied on the teeth, and blue light – which is used in laser filling – is applied on the medication to enhance its efficiency. The procedure ends when the desired whiteness is achieved by repeating sessions. However the latest research indicates that home bleaching should be applied after an office bleaching as a support.
Points To Take Into Consideration:
Bleaching is a procedure that has to be made under the supervision of a dentist, while his/her instructions must be carried out to the letter.
Fluoride must be applied for any potential dental sensitivity due to the bleaching procedure. The dentist’s instructions must be followed exactly also during this procedure.
Fractured areas, broken teeth and/or caries may cause the bleaching gel to trigger a tooth sensitivity. Such dental problems must be treated before the bleaching procedure.
Regular brushing and maintenance procedures must be applied carefully and colorant foods such as tea, coffee, and tobacco should be avoided during the bleaching.
Lotus Dental Clinic doctor Tülay Kaya only recommends the bleaching systems which are activated by light as a result of her experience gained during the years she worked on dental aesthetics.