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Teeth Whitening- Everything you need to know
Dental teeth whitening is a simple process to make teeth appear whiter. Whitening products majorly contain one of two tooth bleaches - Carbamide peroxide or Hydrogen Peroxide.
These break stains into smaller pieces and dilutes the colour concentration thus making your teeth brighter.
Teeth whitening treatments are one of the most requested dental procedures in tier 1 cities across India. It is seen that millennials and Gen Z are more concerned about their smiles looking bright than any other chunk of society. The treatment also holds a solid demand in the field of cosmetic dentistry. In recent decades spike in the numbers of people drinking coffee, red wine, smoking cigarettes, over-consuming sugar also adds up to why this treatment is in so much demand.
What is in Bleaching Products?
Hydrogen peroxide is the active ingredient that acts as a bleaching agent, while carbamide peroxide breaks down into hydrogen peroxide.
Bleaching products that you get from a dentist are much concentrated than those purchased over the counter. Bleaching agents used by dentists may have as much as 30% to 40% peroxide, while store-bought whitening products may have about 7% to 10% peroxide. Other ingredients include carbopol, sodium hydroxide, glycerin, and flavourings agents.
Over-the-counter teeth whitening kits
These products have become popular since they are inexpensive and easily accessible. One can expect decent results from over-the-counter teeth whitening kits, and they generally take more time.
The most popular Over-the-counter whitening products are whitening strips, trays, toothpaste, and rinses. Dentist-supervised whitening products are considered the safest for your tooth enamel. The products used by dentists are more concentrated and, therefore, more effective at getting rid of deep stains.
In-Clinic Teeth Whitening
There is no doubt that teeth whitening done by your dentist can make teeth brighter faster. Also, in some cases, the dentist may use a combination of heat and light to speed up the process and intensify the whitening. Post-In-clinic whitening treatment, the most pivotal results can be three to eight shades brighter. Usually, the process takes several 45 minutes to an hour for in-clinic visits.
Whitening treatments can sometimes make teeth temporarily sensitive. Treatment works best for people with yellowish teeth and is less effective for people with brown ones. If your teeth are purple or grey, tooth whitening treatment probably won't work at all. To be sure tooth-whitening is worth your time and money, You can get in touch with us via mail or book an appointment.
Teeth Whitening treatment's side effects
Some people may experience tooth sensitivity when the peroxide in the whitener gets through the enamel to the fine layer of dentin, irritating the nerve of your tooth. In most cases, tooth sensitivity is temporary. You can delay treatment and then try again.
Overusing whiteners can damage tooth enamel or gums, so follow the prescribed directions and consult your dentist if you still lack clarity.
Measure to Prevent Stains
Limit staining foods and beverages
Coffee, red wine, carbonated caffeine-rich drinks, and berries are known for staining teeth. That doesn't mean you have to stop consuming them altogether, but you should always limit the amount of time these food and beverages come in contact with your teeth. You can also consider drinking beverages from a straw to prevent direct contact with your teeth. Brush soon after consuming any of these to limit their effects on the colour of your teeth. Additionally, avoid tobacco in any form, as it can lead to tooth discolouration.
Limit your sugar intake
For white teeth, you need to cut back on your sugar intake. A high sugar diet promotes Streptococcus mutans, the primary bacteria responsible for plaque and gingivitis. Consider brushing soon after consuming food with high sugar content.
Add calcium to your diet
In some cases, the cause of discolouration is enamel eroding and exposing the dentin beneath, which is yellow. Adding calcium to your diet can help restore the enamel of your teeth and keep your teeth snow white. Calcium-rich foods, like milk, cheese, and banana, may help protect your teeth from enamel erosion. A diet with enough calcium helps in strengthening your teeth and ensuring it has its natural white colour.
There are numerous natural procedures to whiten your teeth. Most of these procedures work by gently removing surface layer stains on your teeth.
However, most in-clinic treatments are much stronger than these natural remedies. They involve bleaching the teeth, which is more effective for severe tooth discolouration. Overuse of any whitening product can damage your teeth and may lead to sensitivity. It is always recommended that you consult your dentist before going ahead with any procedure and understand what would work best for you.
Visit Dr Kumarswamy's Dental Clinic regularly to attain excellent oral hygiene and ensure your teeth always shine like a diamond.
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