Smile and Glow: Make Your Teeth Sparkle with Teeth Whitening
People usually forget that their food habits and lifestyle can take a toll on the beauty of their teeth, turning them into unattractive shades of yellow or brown. These faded teeth can adversely affect your self-esteem as you will think twice to deliver a confident smile. If you want to brighten up your smile again, teeth whitening is a great and affordable option for you.
If you are considering teeth whitening, Smile and Glow recommends a few different options, including in-office whitening by a dentist and take-home whitening kits. Our expert dentists can suggest the best option to suit your needs.
Why My Teeth Change Colour?
Brushing and flossing every day cannot always keep your teeth white. There are several reasons why your teeth become discolored.
What is teeth whitening?
As the name suggests, teeth whitening is the process of whitening teeth using bleaching agents. Teeth gets discoloured due to the presence of coloured pigments (chromophores) which gets attached to the dental tissue of the teeth causing discolouration. Bleaching agents such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide releases stronger pre-radicals which penetrates into the dental tissue and oxidises the pigmented molecules which breaks stains into smaller pieces, that makes the color less concentrated and your teeth brighter.
Your dentist will supervise your teeth and gums and advise you if they are healthy enough to go through a whitening process. Depending on your oral health and treatments, adopted results may vary. However, you can see the results immediately.
The following are the most common treatment methods for teeth whitening.
In-Office bleaching is the professional teeth whitening procedure. This procedure is called chair side bleaching, which takes place under carefully monitored conditions. This takes only one visit. In-office bleaching allows for safe and controlled bleaching and provides immediate results. This procedure is carried out by an expert dentist.
The dentist will apply a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect your gums. A relatively high concentration of bleaching gel is then applied to the teeth and bleaching light is focussed on the teeth which helps in deeper and quicker penetration of bleaching agents into the teeth. This is considered as the safest form of bleaching with the fastest results.
After examining your tooth and gums, an expert can provide you with a custom-made tray for at-home whitening. The dentist will give precise instructions on how to place the bleaching solution in the trays and how long you should keep it.
At- home bleaching method is suggested for the patients who are more comfortable to carry out the tooth whitening at their home at a slower pace. However, they still need the guidance of a dentist. You can see the results after 2-6 weeks of treatment.
Over-the-Counter Bleaching Products
A consultation with the experts of Smile and Glow can help you to choose the appropriate over the countermeasures for teeth whitening. There are several over the counter products available in the market. The concentration of the bleaching agent in these products will be different from what your dentist would use in the office. A discussion with our expert Dentist can help you look for the option with the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
Some people may experience tooth sensitivity and irritation during the treatment. This is when the peroxide in the bleach reaches the soft layer of dentin. This will irritate the nerve of your tooth and causes a temporary sensitivity. If you experience any side effects, you can immediately contact our experts and they will guide you accordingly. The dentist may prescribe some medicated paste to prevent sensitivity.
A smile can improve the appearance of an individual. Sometimes misaligned, discolored, chipped, broken teeth can be an obstruction to a pleasant smile. Cosmetic dentistry or aesthetic dentistry is where people turn to get a makeover of their dental appearance. The treatments vary and can help to reshape, fill the gaps, align, lighten, and repair teeth.
Cosmetic dentistry treatments include the following:
To treat cavities, chipped or broken teeth, dentists suggest tooth-colored fillings made of composite resin. Composite resin is a filling material used for aesthetic dental restorations. These modern restorations are stronger and more durable than the silver fillings which are metallic, unaesthetic and damages the tooth
During a full smile if the amount of gums exposed is more than the teeth it will look very unaesthetic. A smile that exposes more (>4mm) of gums is called a gummy smile. Sometimes the tooth may also be very small. In such cases a crown lengthening procedure is done to expose more of the tooth, making the smile appear more pleasing.
Gingival depigmentation is also termed as gum bleaching, a cosmetic procedure used to lighten or remove black spots from the teeth. It occurs due to the accumulation of melanin in the gingival tissue and creates black patches or spots on the gums. Even though gingival depigmentation gives a good result, in the long run, a re-pigmentation will be a common issue associated with this procedure.
Inlay & Onlay
Inlays and Onlays are indirect fillings, which means they are fabricated in a laboratory and cemented onto the patient’s tooth. Inlays are made of tooth-colored materials such as ceramic or porcelain or some dental composite. They can be used to restore cavities in the teeth.
Onlays, on the other hand, will be extended to the chewing surface of the back teeth to replace one or more cusps. Onlay filling is also made of tooth-colored materials and will strengthen the tooth. People with mild to moderate tooth decay or damage would be recommended for inlay and onlay.
Space closure in anterior teeth
Space closure is one of the most common types of tooth movements performed in dentistry. Interdental spaces occur due to various reasons such as excessive arch length, missing teeth, and other teeth extractions. If the space between the teeth are mild, composite restorations or veneers can be done. In other cases an orthodontic treatment would be the ideal treatment procedure.
Tooth jewellery involves sticking small jewels onto the teeth with dental cement or paste. There are different jewellery designs, and one can choose what they like. It is essential to keep the area around the tooth jewel clean, or else chances of tooth decay are more. Tooth jewellery is 100% reversible. It is a simple instant makeover, that adds a sparkle to the smile.
With the advanced techniques, the dentist can bring a dramatic difference to an individual’s smile and overall oral health.Authored By : Dr. S. Hemamalathi and Dr. K. S Senthil Kumar