Teeth whitening is usually an effective way of lightening the natural colour of the teeth without removing any of the tooth surface. It cannot make a complete colour transformation, but it can lighten the existing shade.
Although, teeth whitening in Cosmetic dentistry are proven not harmful to the oral health, there are things to keep in mind before proceeding with any teeth whitening treatment. Below are some advantages and disadvantages of teeth whitening:
Improvement on the appearance – This can be the main reason why one wanted to have a bright white smile. One might want to get rid of some stain or discolouration due to smoking or drinking too much tea or coffee.
Options for Take Home Whitening kits – This is the only dental procedure that could be done at home which is also not expensive. But obviously one has to seek advice from the dentist first to know the best whitening kit to use.
Not harmful for the teeth – although the whitening products contain hydrogen peroxides, it is proven safe to use as long as one follows the rules.
Immediate result – unlike some dental procedure teeth whitening will give an instant result especially if done professionally with the dentist.
Teeth Sensitivity – One might feel a little discomfort when using a whitening product. Especially if they have a sensitive teeth to begin with.
Not permanent – the whitening effect differs from people to people. The effect will be shorter for people who smoke cigarette and drink a lot of tea and coffee.
Change in food consumption – One may have to avoid certain drinks and foods to maintain the whiter teeth. They will not be able to smoke cigarettes as well.
It will not change the colour of the veneers/crowns – If the teeth match the crown or veneer, one would have an uneven colour of teeth when they proceed with teeth whitening.
There are many ways to whiten the teeth, but the two most common are in-office treatment and the do-it-yourself way, with over-the-counter products. Professional teeth whitening performed by the dentist provide highly effective and safe results. Professional teeth whitening gels are customised to minimize side effects like tooth sensitivity.
Professional tooth whitening in a dental office is considered the best method because even though stronger agents are put, the rest of the mouth, including the gums, is protected from these materials. The best whitening systems present a buffer in the gel that protects the tooth enamel from damage, are quite effective, and could transform teeth in a single office visit.
In-office whitening affects only the front eight teeth and is a great dealfor take-home whitening.
Tooth whitening systems, which are available in shops have become quite famous, mainly because they’re comparatively inexpensive and simple to use.
There are a few over-the-counter tooth whitening ways that may be purchased without the dentist’s supervision. They include paint-on tooth gel, whitening strips, mouth trays with gel, whitening toothpaste, and even whitening gum. These are usually safe products, but if anyone has oral concerns, it’s a good idea to ask the AACD member dentist if these products are safe to use.
While over-the-counter tooth whitening products are available, dentist-supervised tooth whitening is still advisable, most effective method for brightening the smile.