Monday, August 2nd, 2010

How does Teeth Whitening Work

teeth-whitening-smileAn attractive smile is a quality that reveals a person’s character and a state of mind. A good, bright smile exudes loads of confidence, credibility, life and a state of overall well-being that opens doors to a wonderful world that’s full of opportunities. And if you think you don’t the fit the bill, Dr Sageer, Consultant Dental Surgeon-Paras Hospital Gurgaon, has the answer.

How are teeth whitened?

There are various methods to whiten the teeth nowadays. Majorly, three whitening options are available depending on concentration of peroxide and varying application times.

In Office Whitening [At Dentist’s Chair]
It can whiten teeth by as many as 6 shades. In-office whitening, also known as power bleaching and power whitening, is safe, effective and a very fast treatment. It is performed under carefully monitored conditions which allow for the safe, controlled, pain-free use of a relatively high concentration of bleaching gel — and has immediate and rapid results.
After a thorough cleaning and removal of plaque along the gum line hydrogen peroxide gel is applied to the teeth and gel is activated with or without zoom light. (A laser or a special light could possibly be used to increase the whitening effect.)The bleaching gel is then rinsed off and this procedure is usually repeated several times. It takes only an hour and requires one or two sessions.

What are its disadvantages?

• In-office bleaching is not a permanent solution. If proper home care is not followed, there is a possibility that teeth might resume accumulating stains
• Possible sensitivity
• May take more than one visit to meet expectations

Zoom bleach consists of any where 1 to 2 visits each 20 min session
Regular office bleach consists of 2 to 3 sessions of 20 min each

Varies from Rs. 8 to 12 thousand, depending on degree and nature of discoloration of teeth. Office bleach along with home kit [trays and gel] cost around Rs 12 to 15 thousand.

Home Bleach

To get rid of stains faster home teeth whitening system is the best bet. Easy to use and simple in its action it has custom made trays [prepared by dentist] which snugly fit each individual tooth and allow maximum contact of low concentration bleach gel to teeth for long hours [sometimes overnight] It cleans the teeth internally and adds natural white color to it. It kills bacteria and other micro organisms, and fights plaque.

Over-the-Counter Whitening bleach

Diffferent products are commercially available based on low concentration peroxide to white teeth for self use.
Tray-Based Tooth Whitening Products :
Tray-based tooth whitening system involves filling a mouth guard-like tray with a gel whitening solution – which contains a peroxide-bleaching agent – and wearing the tray for a period of time, generally from a couple hours a day to every day during the night for up to four weeks and even longer (depending on the degree of discoloration and desired level of whitening).

What are its disadvantages?
Some over the counter available bleaches may be a bit harmful as tooth tray to hold gel may not fit snugly and lead to ooze of bleach gel beyond tray and touch gums, thereby, making it sensitive and occasionally irreversible sensitivity of teeth for improper candidate to bleach.

Who is the right candidate for teeth whitening?

• Person with discolored teeth due to consumption of coloured beverages, tea, coffe, red wine, tobbaco, excessive flouride use and certain medications.
• Person with yellow shaded teeth respond best.
• Person who wants to lighten the natural shade of his teeth to a lighter shade.

Who is not the right candidate for teeth whitening?
• Children below 16
• Pregnant and lactating women
• Those who are allergic to peroxide

For good looks dental aesthetics has major role to play and why not if a thousand watt brighter smile can earn a lot for you along with tons of confidence and good health. Everyone can think of celebrity smile these days.

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3 Responses

August 20, 2010
sosamma jose


August 29, 2010
Sneh Agarwal

my upper incisor teeth were inv in an accident and are dead with root canal done.they are discolored.can they be whitened without cutting and putting a cap on them.if yes suggest the treatment.

What’s up, everything is going fine here and ofcourse every one is sharing facts, that’s genuinely excellent, keep up writing.

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