A beautiful, white and radiant smile is, without a doubt, a good letter of introduction. But the truth is that, to a great extent, to have or not to have beautiful teeth depends on genetic issues. “The tone is determined by the color of the dentine. It gets darker because as the enamel ages it becomes more translucent and, in addition, the eating habits we have, have a great influence, as well as the fact of whether or not we are smokers”, explain the specialists at the Smylife Clinic.
Precisely to ‘improve’ those small aesthetic problems that we can find related to our mouth, there is a multitude of options. And one of the most demanded, and there is no doubt that it is fashionable, are tooth whitening. Are you clear about what it consists of? We are going to try to give you the keys to this treatment and, perhaps, the best way is by answering a series of basic questions about this treatment.
1. Is the Enamel Damaged?
One of the doubts that arise is whether the enamel suffers from these bleaching processes. All clinics must take care of your dental health whenever you’re in doubt it is very useful to go check your mouth on a dentist to clarify that the enamel remains intact, something that they can affirm based on experience, after years of studies and their own practice. Thus, most dentists explains that nothing happens to the teeth except a certain post-treatment sensitivity.
2. Which Are The Most Used Techniques?
The most common is to use a mixed technique, that is, with treatment in the clinic and at home, as explained in Smylife. In the clinic, the whitening product is applied, which is activated by means of an LED lamp, which opens the pore of the enamel in order to whiten the dentine. Normally requires two or three sessions, depending on each case, approximately 20 minutes. Then, it is necessary to make a reminder of the treatment at home, by means of splints with a product that must be worn for two or three nights to sleep, or for a few hours in the afternoon. You can ask your dentist for a treatment you can do at home, or you can eventually pick your favorite teeth whitening treatment and do it to maintain the white bright smile.
3. Is it a Painful Treatment? What Care Should We Take After Whitening?
It is not painful, but it gives sensitivity to the tooth, a sensation that disappears within 72 hours after treatment. Those three following days are important to achieve a better result, and that’s why in those 72 hours you have to be especially careful with hygiene. We recommend following a ‘white’ diet, that is, avoiding those foods that cause staining. In addition, tobacco should be avoided, as people who smoke are much more likely to have their teeth darkened. Nicotine leaves a series of deposits on the teeth, which cause it to darken. For this reason, many smokers turn to a whitening treatment.
4.Can it be Done by Anyone or is There Any Type of Contraindication?
In any person with a healthy mouth, that is, without cavities and without dental sensitivity, because the treatment can increase it.
5. Is it Effective On All Types of Stains That Can Occur on Teeth?
No. The best results are obtained in teeth that, with the passage of time, turn yellow or that have that natural shade. In more intense stains (orange or grey tones), the tooth can be clarified, although it depends on the tonality and has to be assessed by the specialist, because in the most severe cases not always achieve such satisfactory results. The stains caused by tetracyclines, a medicine, give a greyish tone to the tooth that cannot be whitened. In this case it would be necessary to resort to other options, such as veneers, covers or crowns.
Furthermore, the teeth whitening effect lasts for at least one year it depends mainly on two fundamental factors:
- the techniques and products used by the dentist
- the eating habits of each person.
6. Are Men or Women Doing More Whitening?
The most common thing is that people between 30 and 40 years old go to the clinics to get this teeth whitening treatments and there are more women, but the figure is equal.
7. What Foods can Negatively Influence the Colour of Our Teeth?
Red wine, tea, coffee, carbonated drinks, tomato, curry, strawberry, raspberry… and, of course, tobacco.
8. Does Teeth Whitening Replace Oral Cleaning?
One of the myths surrounding teeth whitening is that it can be associated with and even replaced by oral cleaning. This is a false. The Dental Whitening is an aesthetic technique and in no case replaces a cleaning. Cleaning eliminates bacteria, strengthens the enamel and protects the teeth.
9. Does an Excessive Obsession With the Whiteness of the Teeth Generate Addiction?
We are told that having whiter teeth can improve the patient’s self-esteem. However, when the “white” of the tooth becomes an obsession, is when the problem comes. This is what has been called ‘whitorexy’ and consists of reaching a very white tooth shade. Not all tooth colors are the same and everything depends on the enamel that each person has. The obsession with that “perfect white” can bring with it a series of problems in dental health.