Braces and other orthodontic treatments give you a well-aligned smile but is the colour of your teeth taking away the limelight from your smile? Having yellow or darker shade of teeth can make your teeth dull which can make you smile with less confidence. Be it a presentation at work, going out with friends, a special occasion like a wedding or even a romantic date, yellow teeth can take away the sparkle from your personality.
While teeth cleaning procedures like scaling and polishing remove plaque, calculus and stains from your teeth, they cannot make your teeth white and brighten them as effectively as professional teeth whitening.
While you enjoy the benefits of Shams Dental clinic’s best teeth whitening offer, here’s what you need to know about teeth whitening!
What is Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure that removes the internal stains and enhances your teeth’s natural colour and shade. The dentist uses whitening gel with a concentration of peroxide activated by light which breaks down the bond between the stained molecules which dramatically makes your teeth white and bright.
There are two types of teeth whitening procedures- at-home and in-office.
At-home procedures are usually performed by the patient at home using custom made trays at the dental office and low peroxide containing agents and also over-the-counter products for teeth whitening are available but the results are not effective and stable and since it is not performed under the supervision of a dentist they can cause peroxide induced ulcers. Professional or in-office teeth whitening is the most popular and safe cosmetic dental treatment worldwide and is performed by trained dental professionals who use a high concentration of peroxide in the dental clinic which gives better and stable results.
Who Should Get Teeth Whitening Done?
Teeth whitening is a routine dental procedure and helps lighten the shade of your teeth. We are all born with a specific shade of teeth that change and evolve as we grow older. The shade and colour of our teeth depend on the thickness of the dentinal layer and the thickness of enamel, both of which are determined by genetics. As we grow older, the enamel layer (outermost layer of the tooth) begins to thin down, exposing the darker shade of the underlying dentine. For this reason, our teeth tend to turn yellow or darker with age.
Teeth whitening is indicated in the following cases:
- People who have a yellow or darker shade of teeth due to genetics
- People with a yellowish teeth
- Frequent tea or coffee drinkers who have multiple stains or darker shades of teeth
- People who smoke or chew tobacco
- Dental fluorosis (due to high fluoride intake in childhood)
- Trauma to a permanent tooth that has led to its discolourations
- Dull teeth due to ageing
- Medication-related tooth discolouration
Anyone with healthy teeth and gums can undergo teeth whitening. Teeth whitening procedures can make your teeth whiter by two to seven or eight times. Before your dentist begins the teeth whitening procedure, they will determine the shade of your teeth using a standard shade guide.
It may take about three to four sessions of in-office teeth whitening to lighten your teeth by one or two shades. It is important to understand that while we all want our teeth to be bright, we must know where to stop. Having exceptionally white teeth can make your appearance unnatural.
It is always best to go a few shades lighter but step-wise. If you are not satisfied with the shade of your teeth, you can always go in for additional teeth whitening sessions.
How is Professional Teeth Whitening Done?
While at-home teeth whitening kits are readily available at your nearest pharmacy, they are not as effective as the professional in-office procedure performed by the dentist. In-office teeth whitening uses a stronger peroxide gel, and the procedure is as follows:
- Your dentist will take pre-whitening photographs of your teeth and use a shade guide to determine the current shade of your teeth.
- Thorough cleaning and polishing are done to remove any external stains, plaque and calculus from your teeth.
- A protective layer of a resin-like material is applied to your gums to protect them from the whitening agent.
- The teeth are then dried, and the dentist uses an applicator tip to apply the whitening agent to all your teeth.
- Some teeth whitening brands require a curing light or laser to activate the whitening gel. The solution is left on the teeth for 30 to 60 mins. Depending upon the shade achieved or time elapsed, teeth are rinsed with water.
- You may need additional sittings to achieve the desired shade.
Are There Any Risks Involved?
Teeth whitening is an extremely safe procedure with minimal risks. Many people undergo yearly teeth whitening to give their beautiful smiles a sparkly touch-up. Some people may experience teeth or gum sensitivity a few hours to days after the procedure, but it resolves itself. However, teeth whitening is not recommended in the following cases:
- In children
- During pregnancy
- In people who have gum recessions
- In people with a large number of old crowns and bridges
- In people with teeth sensitivity
Teeth whitening is usually done once or twice a year but can be done more times based on your dentist’s recommendation. We believe that even the most beautiful smiles need a touch of brightness every now and then. Also, we all know that an attractive bright smile boosts our confidence and makes our personal stand out. So, if you wish to make a statement and add a dash of brilliance and sparkle to your smile this Valentine’s Day, grab the best teeth whitening offer in the city today! Visit us at Shams Dental for an attractive offer on lazer whitening– the most advanced teeth whitening system available today!