- Teeth whitening is a procedure by which, as the name suggests, the teeth of the patient become whiter by several degrees or grades. This can be done at home as well as in the dental clinic. At home, teeth whitening is done with the use of dental whitening trays. These are manufactured at the dental clinic after taking an impression of the gums and teeth of the given patient. The dental trays are taken home, smeared with whitening lotion or gel, and worn over the teeth and gums. This is done for a given number of hours and a given number of days. Slowly, but surely, the teeth start to whiten. However, this treatment is not permanent. It lasts only until the time the patient takes care of his or her oral hygiene habits.
- Teeth whitening can also be done at home with the use of dental toothpaste which is meant for this purpose. Also, it can be done with the use of whitening gums which need to be chewed upon for a given duration of time for the whitening action to take place. However, as mentioned before, this effect will last only as long as the person concerned makes an effort to have good oral hygiene. He or she should make it a point to brush his or her teeth at least twice daily for at least two minutes each time. Also, it is necessary to go in for dental flossing at least once a day. The correct technique for brushing and flossing too is essential. What works best is that the person brushes every time he or she consumes drink or food. However, if this is not possible, then the next best thing to do is at least to rinse the mouth thoroughly well each time.
- Teeth whitening is done at the dental clinic by first prepping up the teeth. After this, whitening lotion or gel is smeared over the teeth. This is then activated by passing a laser light over the teeth for a given duration of time at a given intensity. The activated gel gets glued onto the teeth and makes them whiter by several degrees or grades. This treatment may be repeated one more time just to have a better effect.
- Teeth whitening can also be rendered useless if the person consumes food items like beetroot which can cause the teeth to get re-stained. Also, intake of too much of tea, coffee, red wine and other such drinks and beverages can result in teeth getting re-stained. Also, intake of tobacco and other such nicotine products will cause the teeth to get re-stained. Thus, it is best to avoid such products or to have them in amounts which are tolerable and do not have any negative effect on the dentition of the concerned patients. Also, placement of dental caps or crowns or even veneers and laminates will give cover to the stained teeth and result in teeth whitening action.
For more details contact: Greenfield Family Dentistry
875 N. Greenfield Road, Suite 114 Gilbert, AZ 85234