Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure that lightens teeth and helps to remove stain as well as discoloration. The procedure is clinically proven to be quick, safe and effective. It works well and has a lasting effect on the majority of people. However, you need to consult us before commencing one for optimized results. There are generally two ways of teeth whitening procedures. At iFloss, teeth whitening is carried out by placing whitening gel on the teeth and activating it using ultraviolet light. It takes approximately 60 minutes a time to whiten your teeth up to 7-9 shades in one visit. Likewise, teeth whitening can be done at the comfort of your home following a professional dentist’s consultation. This procedure involves wearing a custom-made, ultra-thin mouth tray that holds bleaching gel close to the teeth for up to 60 minutes to few hours a day. Results are usually experienced within two weeks to 4 weeks.
Causes of discoloured teeth
As the natural aging process goes, many of our body parts would not only deteriorate in function but also its appearance. Teeth that are of cosmetic importance have no exception. Teeth get stained and discoloured over time and may decline self-confidence. Aging causes the enamel layer of teeth to become thin and the dark layer of dentin is more surfacing, thus teeth appeared to be darker. Besides that, poor dental hygiene that failed to remove plaque and stain-producing substances can cause tooth discoloration. Most often, the problem also arises with what you put into your mouth. Stain-producing substances include cigarette smoke, coffee, tea, cola and wine. Not only that, certain medications also contribute to the discoloration of teeth. These include antibiotics tetracycline and doxycycline, antihistamines, antipsychotic drugs and antihypertensive medications. Mouth rinses and washes containing chlorhexidine and cetylpyridinium chloride can also stain your teeth.
How does teeth whitening work?
Teeth whitening works through the use of bleaching gel that contains hydrogen peroxide as an active ingredient. We apply the bleaching gel and activate it using ultraviolet light. Likewise, patients can opt to wear the bleaching gel-containing, customized ultra-thin tray near the gum at the comfort of home. We will advise on the number of treatments and maintenance needed.
How long will the whitening last?
The lasting effect of teeth whitening depends on which product and procedure you employ. It can be kept for as long as possible when compliment with good oral hygiene and routine dental cleans. On the other hand, factors that can change the shade of your teeth over time include aging, diet, alcohol, smoking, medication etc. In the case of relapse, you could definitely seek another round of treatment with us.
How does teeth whitening procedure differ from DIY home kit?
Teeth whitening procedure that is consulted by us may facilitate individuals in selecting the most appropriate procedure, depending on severity with time setting. Meanwhile, whitening products bought over the counter may contain harmful substances, that when used excessively could damage your teeth. Moreover, a DIY home kit is less effective compared to a professional whitening kit where only licensed dentists can perform.
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