There are many questions that people usually ask me when they want to perform a dental whitening. As in other treatments, there are truths and lies about this aesthetic dental treatment that I will try to clarify.
Is it wrong to have a teeth whitening?
As long as it is supervised by a professional and following his instructions, no. It is important to make a prior visit and check-up to ensure that you meet the right conditions for whitening your teeth with complete peace of mind, that is, that your mouth is in an adequate state of health both for your gums and for the absence of cavities.
How long does teeth whitening last?
The duration of teeth whitening will depend on the habits of each person. The effect will be prolonged if you avoid foods and drinks that can stain your teeth, as well as tobacco. With this, and with a correct hygiene, we can obtain that the result is prolonged up to 2 years. We can give a remembrance session after a time that recovers the color initially achieved.
Does teeth whitening produce any discomfort or pain?
In a high percentage of the population causes moderate dental sensitivity during treatment. This is why it should always be carried out under strict professional supervision. Sensitivity is prevented by using appropriate toothpaste before, during and for some time after teeth whitening.
Are whitening toothpaste and similar treatments bought online effective?
Whitening toothpaste can help remove surface stains or maintain color tone after tooth whitening, but with the exception of some toothpaste that contains a small amount of hydrogen peroxide, toothpaste does not whiten teeth in an as effective way as professional teeth whitening does. However, most home dental whitening kits you can do at home are highly effective.
Is laser tooth whitening better?
What really whitens teeth is the chemical agent (whitening gel). The laser, the cold light, the LED light, the white light and all the other names given to the different light devices, only serve to accelerate and enhance the activity of the gel. According to the different studies carried out, there are no significant differences in the results obtained using different light-emitting devices. In conclusion, we could say that most of the time, it is simply marketing strategies.
What if I have fillings, veneers or crowns?
Fillings and porcelain do not bleach. In other words, the whitening gel only acts on the natural enamel of the tooth. So, if you have any type of reconstruction in the anterior teeth, they will look darker after whitening and will have to be changed if we want to achieve a uniform color.