Monday 18 June 2018

Bleaching

Some of our daily habits, such as eating specific drinks, drinking coffee or alcohol, smoking, can stain our teeth enamel. Surface stains are removed by brushing and dental cleaning - polishing by a dentist every six months.

However, pigments can be absorbed by the enamel and over time teeth become darker. Bleaching is a painless, fast and relatively affordable procedure to make teeth whiter and shinier. Special substances that reach the inner tooth are applied to remove pigments and the colour of the teeth gradually becomes lighter. The procedure is safe for the tooth enamel and the surrounding tissues and is very effective.

Different bleaching methods include:

  • At home with the over-the-counter products
  • At home with bleaching substances applied in trays
  • In-office, which is applied by a professional dentist

Bleaching is effective only in natural teeth. Crowns, veneers and fillings don’t change colour, thus in some cases it is essential to replace some restorations after the end of the procedure and once the result is stabilised.

Bleaching results are not permanent; they last approximately 2-3 years, depending on daily habits and maintenance. This procedure is not recommended during pregnancy and breastfeeding, in periodontitis cases, in case of allergy to ingredients of the bleaching substances used and in children under the age of 16.

A common side effect in whitening is a slight tooth sensitivity which is of temporary nature.

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