Dental Bleaching can be used to correct many tooth discolorations. These discolorations may have been caused by staining, ageing, or chemical damage to teeth. Colored foods are the main cause. Regular intake of black tea and coffee can leave your teeth stained. The use of antibiotics, especially tetracycline, causes a visible grey-yellow band to form across the teeth. Acidic foods wear down the enamel and weaken it, causing yellowing of the enamel. Smoking is, of course, another major cause of teeth discoloration.
This problem is more common among older people due to the thinning of the enamel. Also, young teeth have texture while the teeth of older people are smoother, allowing the yellow underneath to shine through.
External stains can be cleaned and polished using an ultrasonic device and a special polishing paste. Internal stains can be whitened with the help of state-of-the-art dental bleaching products. Worn, ageing, yellowing teeth can be corrected with bleaching. A smile makeover also includes whitening the lower teeth.
Teeth can be bleached at home or at the dentist’s. In home bleach, a patient is made to wear a tray filled with specially prescribed gels. This is worn on the teeth for four to five hours every day for eight to 10 days. During this treatment, it is forbidden to smoke or eat anything with food color.
At the dentist’s, a specially mixed gel with a high concentration of hydrogen peroxide is applied to the teeth after which they are exposed to laser/plasma arch curing lights.
Bleaching has no side effects. It only removes impurities in the enamel and the dentin. Using the latest in bleaching technology, we can offer a safe method for creating a beautiful “Brilliant” smile.
The materials we use have been proven to be the most effective of the bleaching materials available and the most reliable. Although bleaching is very effective, some short term disadvantages are sometimes encountered. Some people get sore gums or teeth from the bleach, but this always disappear after stopping bleach use. Bleaching is not 100% predictable, no matter what anyone says.
World research would indicate that bleaching is totally effective in 80% of people, but it is impossible to accurately tell who it will not work for. In cases of extreme tooth discoloration, bleaching may not be the answer and crowns, or veneers may be the only choice, but because of the low cost of bleaching treatments, bleaching is nearly always worth a solid try.
For very severely stained teeth, crowns or veneers may be more appropriate.