A very popular dental treatment performed under the expertise of a dentist is tooth whitening, that is used in removing stains and discoloration. Tooth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental procedure, and almost all dentist perform tooth whitening. In order to maintain Tooth whitening involves repeated sessions to achieve the ideal whiteness or brighter color. The outer layer of our teeth is called enamel, and the teeth color is created from the color of the teeth and the light reflection and scattering off the enamel. Hereditary factor affects the smoothness and thickness of the enamel. An enamel that is thinner allows more color of the dentin to show, and a rougher and smoother enamel affects the light reflection and so as the color.
Our teeth create a thin coating or follicle forming on the enamel that picks up stains from the food and drinks we consume, and it also contains pores that hold stains., that’s why our teeth becomes yellowish or discolored over time. The most common causes of yellowish or stained teeth include tobacco smoking, poor dental hygiene, and excessive intake of dark-colored liquids like cola, coffee, tea and red wine. Aging is also a predisposing factor why the teeth is less bright because the enamel gets thinner and the dentin becomes darker. Excessive fluoride exposure, taking tetracycline antibiotics, and trauma can cause intrinsic stains or stains inside the teeth. For teeth surface stains or extrinsic stains, tooth whitening is a highly recommended dental procedure. Before the dentist will be doing teeth whitening treatment, any cavities need to be treated first because the whitening solution can pass through these decayed areas, reaching the inner parts of the teeth. It is harder to whiten teeth with cavities because exposed roots that appear yellowish and discolored cannot be whitened by teeth whitening products. Whitening can be performed at home or in a dental office, wherein the dentist will be taking a photograph of your teeth before to the procedure which is a reference basis and to help in monitoring the progress of the treatment.
Before the teeth whitening treatment, the dentist will be cleaning your teeth to remove bacteria, food debris, and other substances that cause teeth build up or staining, and once cleaning is done, the teeth whitening procedure starts. Home whitening gel can be applied daily for two to three weeks, and your dentist can make trays for holding the whitening gel that can fit your teeth properly. Whitening gel can be used or whitening agents activated laser light or heat. A dentist may also use different teeth whitening procedure to whiten the tooth inside, by placing a whitening agent inside the tooth and putting a temporary filling over it, left for several days and removed.