Dental bleaching, also known as tooth whitening, is a common procedure in general dentistry but most especially in the field of cosmetic dentistry. A child's deciduous teeth are generally whiter than the adult teeth that follow. As a person ages the adult teeth often become darker due to changes in the mineral structure of the tooth, as the enamel becomes less porous. Teeth can also become stained by bacterial pigments, foodstuffs and tobacco. Certain antibiotic medications (like tetracycline) can also cause teeth stains or a reduction in the brilliance of the enamel.
There are many methods to whiten teeth: bleaching strips, bleaching pen, bleaching gel, laser bleaching, and natural bleaching. Dentures can also be whitened using denture cleaners Traditionally, at-home whitening involves applying bleaching gel to the teeth using thin guard trays. At-home whitening can also be done by applying small strips that go over the front teeth. Oxidizing agents such as carbamide peroxide are used to lighten the shade of the tooth. The oxidizing agent penetrates the porosities in the rod-like crystal structure of enamel and oxidizes interprismatic stain deposits; over a period of time, the dentin layer, lying underneath the enamel, is also bleached.
There are many dental cleaning procedures. But professional cleaning might not remove the discoloration that takes place over the years. Tooth bleaching helps in such conditions and helps in restoring the natural color, especially for the teeth that are naturally of darker shade. But please keep in mind that for this treatment you should not be suffering from any other oral ailments. Also, for better results you need to go for a tooth cleaning procedure before applying such teeth whitening treatments.
Another point that should be noted is that during such procedure you have to treat before hand your decayed teeth and loose fillings if any.Another point that should be noted is that during such procedure you have to treat before hand your decayed teeth and loose fillings if any.
Chair Side Bleaching
Chair side Bleaching is a swift tooth whitening procedure that can be completed within an hour or so. It treats your teeth with gentle whitening procedures to clean up long time discoloration. It helps if you are too busy to find time for longer duration comprehensive treatments. It hardly takes any time and can still deliver desired impact.