We at Dr.Mootha’s Advanced Dental Care provide different types of tooth whitening( bleaching) —- laser assisted bleaching, powered bleach, in office bleach, home bleach, maintenance bleach.
Tooth whitening (termed tooth bleaching when utilizing bleach), is either restoration of natural tooth shade or whitening beyond natural tooth shade, depending on the definition used.
Restoration of the underlying, natural tooth shade is possible by simply removing surface (extrinsic) stains (e.g. from tea, coffee, red wine and tobacco) and calculus (tartar). This is achieved by having the teeth cleaned by a dental professional (commonly termed “scale and polish”, see debridement and polishing), or at home by various oral hygiene methods. Calculus is difficult to remove without a professional clean.
To whiten the natural tooth shade, bleaching is required. It is a common procedure in cosmetic dentistry, and a number of different techniques are used by dental professionals. Many different products are also marketed for home use. Techniques include bleaching strips, bleaching pen, bleaching gel, and laser tooth whitening. Bleaching methods generally use carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. There are claims that carbamide peroxide is less effective than hydrogen peroxide, but also has fewer side effects. Common side effects of bleaching are increased sensitivity of the teeth and irritation of the gums. Occasionally individuals develop an unhealthy obsession with tooth whitening akin to body dismorphic disorder, termed “bleachorexia”.
The most common reasons for teeth to get yellow or stained are:
- Using tobacco
- Drinking dark-colored liquids such as cola, tea, coffee and red wine
- Not taking good care of your teeth
- Dental Plaque
Although treatment results can be rapid, stains can reappear with in the first few months and years of treatment. In order to maintain your whitened smile, there are multiple ways to protect your teeth and prolong the treatment.
- Brush or rinse mouth immediately after eating and drinking
- Chewing gum
- Floss to remove plaque
- Use whitening tooth paste once or twice a week to avoid surface stains
- Drink harsh beverages through a straw
- Do touch up treatments
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