The fad of white teeth has been among us for a millennium, and it’s far from dying out any time soon. White teeth are considered healthy and a sign of beauty. Hence, it’s likely that you will consider teeth whitening once in your lifetime. Therefore, it’s best to know the risk factors of teeth whitening and some options available to help you with your goal.
What’s Teeth Whitening:
The whole procedure called teeth whitening consists of two distinct steps. One step you can simply call cleaning; this step removes debris from micro-cracks in the enamel, which will effectively deal with any stains, and slight discoloration. Thus, cleaning will recover your teeth’ natural color. However, the tooth’s natural color has a yellowish hinge, and this is not what we are looking for. We want sparkling pearly white, and the next step, bleaching, will help you with that. Hydrogen peroxide is the bleach used for this purpose. Recall how bleach works with laundry. Hydrogen peroxide serves a similar purpose in lightening the shade of your teeth. Now the shade lightening is solely dependent on the hydrogen peroxide concentration. A higher concentration will lead to more vigorous bleaching. Hence, a high concentration of bleach is only used under professional supervision. OTC take-home whitening kits contain much lower concentrations of Hydrogen peroxide.
Increased Sensitivity: After bleaching, you will feel as if your teeth have grown more sensitive to hot and cold food. In many cases, it’s just a slight nuisance that generally fades away after the bleaching episode.
However, if there is gum recession, the tooth sensitivity can be more troublesome. Nonetheless, it should be tolerable, but if tooth sensitivity gets out of hand, pls visit the dentist as soon as possible.
Gum irritation: Gym irritation is another common side effect of using the teeth whitening tray. Again it’s a short-lived nuisance, and everything should get back to normal once the treatment has finished.
Professional Teeth Whitening:
Many dentists provide in-office dental whitening treatment. When you visit a dentist for this procedure, they will cover each of your teeth with a gel and use precisely crafted molds to hold them in place. This session can last between 30-60 minutes, depending on the concentration of bleach used. The whole process is carried out under careful supervision.
OTC whitening treatment:
It contains abrasive, stronger than normal toothpaste, and it can get rid of stains and debris stuck in between the enamel micro-cracks. Moreover, it contains a minute concentration of bleach that can get your teeth about one shade lighter.
OTC Whitening Strips And Gel:
Gels contain a hydrogen peroxide solution applied directly to the tooth’s surface using a brush. Whitening strips contain gel, and it adheres to the tooth’s surface. Follow the instructions on the labels for the best results.
A tray teeth mold is filled with bleach, and you need to wear this for a couple of hours in the day or at night.
Visit Bayside Dental for great in-office dental whitening, and for inquiries, call us at 979-330-4113