Teeth whitening is one of the very simple and very effective methods we use in smile design. When this method is applied with the right techniques, we get very effective results and its permanence can last for years. In many cases, professional teeth whitening is an alternative to high-cost prosthetic treatments.
Teeth whitening is divided into two types, home type and office type.
IN – OFFICE BLEACHING
In-office bleaching is done in the clinic using a gel called hydrogen peroxide and a device under the supervision of a physician. The whitening gel is applied to the teeth by protecting the gums with suitable barriers. In a period of 30 minutes, the whitening will be visible. Depending on demand, the desired whiteness level is reached quickly in 1 or 2 sessions. It has an approximate duration of 1 year. We recommend supplementing it with home whitening to increase its permanance. In this way, its duration can be extended up to 4-5 years.
AT – HOME BLEACHING
In home bleaching, a personalized tray is prepared with the measure taken from the patient and the appropriate gel given by the physician is applied into the tray and worn overnight. The effect of whitening begins to be seen within 3-4 days. It is applied for an average of 2 weeks, depending on the need. Home bleaching whitens teeth for a longer period of time than office whitening, and in turn, its permanance is longer. This permanace lasts about 3 to 5 years. During this period, it gradually returns to its former state according to the habits of the person. Cigarettes, tea, coffee etc. are the factors affecting this period. Existing trays are stored to increase permanence. The application can be repeated 1 or 2 nights a year without the need to go to the doctor.
Frequently Asked Questıons
• Does the technique used in whitening wear down the teeth?Absolutely it does not erode the teeth. The inner tissue of the teeth is more yellow. It is the outermost enamel tissue, which is the whitest part.
Even the slightest abrasion on the outside will cause the teeth to appear yellower, unlike whitening. For this reason, tooth erosion is not possible in professional whitening.
• Will the teeth become more yellow than before when the effect of whitening wears off?
No way. Your teeth will be back to normal.
• Does whitening cause sensitivity on teeth?
Although rare, it can cause temporary sensitivity. However, all the ensitivity will pass in a few days and the teeth will be back to normal.
• Who is whitening applied to?
Whitening can be applied to anyone with healthy teeth. If there is caries or gum problem on the teeth, it will be healthier to do these necessary treatments first.
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• Is eating and drinking important during the whitening treatment?
Reducing the consumption of cigarettes, acidics and colored drinks during the home bleaching application period or during the first 15 days following the home-office bleaching treatment will increase the effect of the whitening treatment.
• Is cleaning or whitening the same thing?
Teeth whitening and teeth cleaning are not the same thing. Cleaning is removing the stones and stains adhered to the teeth and removing the darkening due to the stains. Whitening is the lightening of the natural color of the tooth. If necessary, cleaning should be done before bleaching.
• How many hours should the at-home whitening gel stay in the mouth? Does it hurt to stay too long?
The effect of the gels used in home bleaching gradually decreases during the night. It has a good effect for the first 6 hours. It becomes ineffective after 10 hours, so there is no harm in keeping it in the mouth for too long.
• Will I have the same effect if I wear my trays during the day?
Our saliva flow rate is higher due to daytime talking, eating and drinking activities. For this reason, the effectiveness of the drug decreases. Therefore, we recommend using it while sleeping, day or night.
• Are there any side effects or harms?
No there is not.
• How many shades will my teeth whiten?
Since each tooth structure is not the same, the amount of whitening will also be different. However, each tooth is white enough to be clearly seen with the naked eye. Healthy and large teeth are generally whiter. During the examination, more detailed information can be given about how much your teeth will whiten.
Why Do Teeth Lose Their Whiteness?
- Age progression
- Consumed foods
- Due to tooth wear (The reason for these wears may be incorrect tooth brushing, tooth abrasive powder cleaners, teeth grinding, etc.).
- Drugs used
- Some genetic stains on the teeth
- Situations such as the natural yellowness of the teeth cause our teeth to lose their whiteness.
Why is Teeth Whitening Needed?
- Dark teeth affect our smile and therefore our self-confidence.
- A white smile is everyone’s dream.
- If our teeth are healthy but dark in color, professional teeth whitening will allow you to have an aesthetic smile.