Teeth Whitening & Bleaching
How can I get a whiter and a brighter smile?
- For a whiter and a brighter smile you will need to get your teeth cleaning and polishing done followed by tooth bleaching.
Is it necessary to go through cleaning prior to tooth bleaching?
- It is generally recommended to go through scaling (cleaning) and polishing prior to tooth bleaching as it removes the extrinsic stains which could be caused due to plaque, calculus, tobacco chewing, smoking, food , chromogenic bacteria and various other causes.
If all these stains are removed by tooth scaling, then how does bleaching help in tooth whitening?
- Tooth bleaching improves the basic shade of the tooth which could be due to tooth injury, cracks in the teeth, due to certain antibiotics taken in childhood, traumatic bite etc.
What is done during the tooth whitening procedure?
- After the cleaning and polishing is over, the teeth are isolated and the bleaching agent is applied on the teeth visible in the smile line. The ‘active ingredient’ in the product is usually hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. As the active ingredient is broken down, oxygen gets into the enamel on the teeth and the tooth colour is made lighter.
How long does the entire bleaching procedure take?
- The beaching procedure at our clinic generally takes two sittings of about an hour each. During the first sitting, a scaling and two rounds of bleaching are done. The shade is assessed two days later and an additional sitting may or may not be given depending upon tooth sensitivity and the brightness of the tooth shade achieved.
How long do the effects of bleaching last?
- The effects of whitening are thought to last up to three years. However, this will vary from person to person depending on their eating habits and whether the person has any habits such as smoking, or chewing tobacco.
What are the side effects of bleaching?
- Tooth bleaching can cause sensitivity in the teeth which resolves over a period of time in 90% of the cases.
- Tooth bleaching also does not whiten crowns, veneers and fillings so these might have to be changed to match the shade of the bleached teeth.
- At times, bleaching may not be effective at all or may worsen the existing smile in case fluorosis or tetracycline stains are present. Hence your dentist is the best person to decide whether the bleaching will be suitable for your teeth or not.
How can I take care of my teeth after the bleaching has been done?
- After your Bleaching please follow a few guidelines to help you maintain the look of your new smile. Everyone’s teeth have a protective layer called the protein pellicle. This layer contains the surface dental stains and is removed during tooth bleaching. It takes twelve to twenty-four hours for the barrier to fully develop again. During this period we ask you to avoid the items listed below.
Here is a list of recommended foods you may consume for the next 24 hours:
- Drink: milk, water, clear soda Fruit: bananas, apples, no peel Bread: white bread, chapati
- Dairy: plain yoghurt, white cheese, sour crème, cottage cheese
- Grains: white rice, baked potato
- Pasta: plain pasta and white sauce
- Meat: turkey, chicken breast (no skin)
A list of items we recommend you avoid for the next 24 hours:
- Red wine, Dark Colas, Coffee or Tea
- Red sauces, Mustard or Ketchup, Soy sauce
- Lipstick or anything that would stain a white shirt