Why does tooth color darken?
There may be many reasons for dark tooth color. First of all, it should be remembered that natural tooth color is a hereditary factor. The likelihood of teeth losing their natural color and becoming darker with advancing age increases due to the consumption of certain medications such as tetracycline, cigarettes, tea, coffee, wine, cola, and nicotine. Teeth that have undergone root canal treatment may also lose their whiteness over time.
Attempting to lighten the color of teeth with natural methods such as bleach, baking soda, etc. can sometimes cause permanent damage to the teeth, and may even cause the enamel layer, which is the tooth surface of the tooth, to erode over time, thus revealing the color of the more yellow dentin layer.
What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening, also known as Bleaching, is a type of cosmetic treatment that makes your smile brighter and whiter with the help of various gels. You can benefit from this treatment, which takes a very short time for your teeth to have a natural whiteness, with the difference of Aesthway.
How is teeth whitening done?
Before the teeth whitening method is applied, teeth cleaning is performed to get more effective results. With dental cleaning, bacterial plaques, tartar, food, and nicotine stains on the tooth surfaces are cleaned. In order to protect the soft tissues around the teeth from the effect of the bleaching agent, a protective gel is applied to the gums. The dentist then applies a special whitening agent (gel) on the teeth. A special light source such as laser or LED light is used to activate the gel The result is achieved immediately after the first 30-60 minutes of application.
Which materials and techniques are used in teeth whitening?
There are various techniques for teeth whitening on the market. In Aesthway clinics, certain gels are used as whitening agents. A special LED light source developed by Philips is used to activate the gel.
Who can have teeth whitening?
A comprehensive dental examination should be performed before whitening. It is technically possible to whiten teeth in individuals who have good dental and gum health, have completed the age of 18, and have completed the development of tooth enamel.
However, if there are veneers, crowns, or fillings on the teeth, whitening treatment will not give a successful result. Because it is not possible to lighten the color of veneers and fillings with bleaching. Teeth whitening is only applied to natural teeth.
Teeth whitening is not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Do teeth whitening pastes give the same effect as teeth whitening applied in the clinic?
Toothpaste with a whitening effect removes the stains on the teeth with the effect of the abrasive substances in them.
Since these pastes do not contain hydrogen peroxide, which is a whitening agent, they do not penetrate into the deep layers of the teeth and can only remove superficial stains. In this way, they can lighten the color of the tooth by only up to 1 shade. In the office-type whitening technique applied by the dentist, the color of the tooth can be lightened up to 7-8 tonnes.
Does the teeth whitening procedure damage the teeth?
Teeth whitening does not cause any structural changes or permanent damage to the teeth. For this reason, there is no harm in repeated application.
Is there sensitivity after teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening may cause temporary sensitivity in the form of pain in the teeth. This situation is completely normal. This sensitivity to cold and heat usually disappears within 1-2 days.
What should be considered after teeth whitening?
- In order to minimize the sensitivity that may occur after teeth whitening, very hot or very cold foods should not be consumed for the first 2 days.
- All kinds of colored foods or drinks should be avoided for a while if possible. Especially in the first 2 weeks after the procedure, products containing dark colors such as cigarettes, tea, coffee, chocolate, red wine, cherry, caramel, and tomato paste should not be used. Otherwise, the possibility that the whiteness obtained may return in a shorter time than expected should be taken into consideration.
Is the effect of teeth whitening permanent?
After bleaching, the color starts to fade over time. This takes approximately 1 year depending on the patient's use of colored liquids (tea, coffee, wine, cola, etc.) and smoking.
Teeth whitening becomes permanent if it is supported once every 6 months or once a year.
Regular oral care also prolongs this period.