Tooth whitening involves the use of peroxide-based materials to whiten teeth. The treatments available range from one-hour-one-time dentist visits to DIY kits you can use at home. Teeth whitening is popular because it can significantly improve the appearance of your teeth at a lesser cost than other techniques. Although before teeth whitening, you must get all cavities filled, and the gums restored to good health.
Yellow or stained teeth are a common problem most people will develop at some point in their lives but can remedy with proper treatment. Our teeth contain enamel, a porcelain-like surface that started out sparkling white. Tooth enamel is designed to protect the teeth from the effects of chewing, gnashing, trauma and acid attacks caused by sugar. Over time, our enamel starts to hold stains within its pores and becomes more transparent and permits the yellow color of dentin, the tooth’s core material, to show through. As more stains and debris accumulate because of normal wear and tear and eating habits. The teeth develop a dull, lackluster appearance. Tooth whitening exist to remove the stains and debris associated with diet and aging.
Stained or Discolored Teeth
Stained teeth can be awkward for many people. Sometimes certain teeth are stained more than others, giving a very patch look to the smile. There are a number of reasons why teeth get discolored or stained. Most stained teeth are caused by ageing, drinks like tea, coffee and soda, or tobacco. Some medications can stain teeth as well. Tetracycline is an antibiotic used to treat a number of illnesses. One of its major drawbacks is that it causes severe staining in teeth if it is used in growing children. Fluoride in large concentration can cause chalky white spots to appear on your teeth. Excessive consumption of dark, heavily pigmented foods such as cherries, blueberries, cranberries and soy sauce can quickly stain teeth.
Vitamin supplements and Iron have been found to stain the teeth of children who take the supplement for certain lengths of time. Fluoride consumption should be carefully monitored as well, because just too much fluoride can turn your teeth yellow. Smokers almost always have stained teeth to a certain extent. Stained teeth can also be caused by high fever in certain individuals.
Types of Tooth Stains
Extrinsic Staining - Extrinsic stains are caused by external factors such as coffee, red wine, tea, other dark-colored foods and drinks, tobacco and routine wear and tear. Essentially they are a natural part of life but they are unsightly and can be removed. Superficial extrinsic stains can be removed with good hygiene techniques such as regular brushing and dental check-ups with cleanings. More stubborn stains can be removed with more involved efforts like teeth bleaching or whitening.
Intrinsic Staining - Intrinsic stains occur much deeper in the tooth than extrinsic stains, forming in the interior of teeth. They can result from trauma, aging, exposure to minerals (like tetracycline), during tooth formation and/or excessive ingestion of fluoride.
Depending on the degree of the problem there are a number of different solutions from proper dental hygiene, whitening tooth pastes, professional teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding, and the ultimate whitener — porcelain veneers.
Combination Teeth Whitening
Delhi Dental Centre proudly offers a unique method to get the most powerful results when you opt for whitening your teeth. This is a combination of two leading whitening systems with a home and power laser whitening system to offer the deepest bleaching results.
1st Visit - We will assess your case for suitability for the treatment based on the extent of discoloration of your teeth. Thereafter, impressions of your teeth will be taken. You will get MI-2 paste to desensitize and prep the teeth for whitening.
2nd Visit - We will prepare your teeth for the power laser whitening treatment which will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. You are encouraged to bring along your favorite music so you can sit back and relax during the procedure.
Your safety is taken very seriously and our number one priority during the treatment is your well being. Every precaution will be taken to ensure that the laser does not touch the tissue inside the mouth. We use rubber dams to protect your gums during this treatment.
In this visit, personalized whitening trays will be provided along with advanced teeth whitening gel. You will use these for the second part of the combination procedure, which will take two weeks to complete. You will also be instructed on how to use the kit and advised on the best practices for home whitening.
3rd Visit-On your final visit, we will examine your teeth to assess how well the treatment worked and ensure that we your goal.