Yellowed canines, stained incisors… Has your smile lost its shine? What if dental whitening was the solution to boost the whiteness of your teeth and make your smile your best asset!
Bleaching, also called dental lightening in the oral environment, is an aesthetic practice that consists, as its name suggests, in lightening your teeth’ color and restoring all its shine to your smile. Which techniques to favor? With an expert or at home? At what price?
Teeth Whitening: knowing the difference between external and internal coloring
Your teeth have lost their color of yesteryear, your enamel is tarnished and your smile suffers… This may be linked to an internal staining phenomenon, in other words caused by the tooth itself. This anomaly occurs naturally with age and the passage of time. Like a physiological phenomenon, “the thickness of the enamel decreases and the dentin, a tissue which is located below, tends to scleroses and becomes darker”, explains the expert. Another contributing factor: the devitalization of a tooth during the total removal of the nerve. Moreover, this unsightly effect can intensify with the external colorations, called surface, caused by our consumption habits such as that of tea, coffee or tobacco. If the expert insists on this aspect,
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The various tooth whitening techniques
To whiten or lighten your teeth, multiple techniques are available to you depending on your dental color. Among them, moreover, slip some tricks. Zoom.
Whiten your teeth at home
First tip from the specialist to keep teeth white, it is possible to limit the installation of these surface stains by simply starting by drinking a glass of water or rinsing your mouth, and this, just after consuming your cup of tea or your mug of coffee. But the real ally of lighter teeth is undoubtedly the so-called whitening toothpaste. Often composed of baking soda, “this product coupled with an electric toothbrush promotes the scrubbing of stains and the reduction of yellowing of the tooth”, indicates the specialist. Other toothpaste can play on an optical effect like bluish products (invisible to the naked eye) which reflect light on your tooth and give the illusion of a whiter tooth. Still others color your gums, thus intensifying the contrast with your enamel. Note that the illusion is temporary and lasts only during the interval between two brushings. A last tip and not least for your smile: using a lipstick in red tones would be more than favorable since it contrasts and therefore matches perfectly with your teeth. Exit therefore the pink and orange hues which would have the opposite effect.
Natural products to lighten teeth
So many “grandmother’s” tips are flourishing on the web, that the dental surgeon remains cautious about the use of certain natural products. “We must 100% prohibit the use of lemon juice, especially if it is coupled with baking soda,” he explains. Indeed, this citrus fruit can lead to demineralization of the enamel which, once damaged, does not grow back. The duo would therefore have devastating consequences on your teeth. Moreover, the expert would tend to dismiss oral hygiene powders of bicarbonate and charcoal (different from toothpaste that contain it). Indeed, instead of polishing the tooth, their excessively thick grains would have an abrasive effect on the enamel. Advice, therefore: do not abuse these products and limit your consumption to once a month, no more!
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What about smile bars and other whitening kits?
Another alternative has been hugely successful before losing popularity in recent years: smile bars, these aesthetic salons advocating low-cost dental whitening. “They did not keep their promise,” explains the expert. Hardly surprising when you know that the products they use (also available in pharmacies and drugstores, editor’s note) is very low in hydrogen peroxide concentration (0.1% against 6% in the office, editor’s note), the only product capable of whitening the tooth itself, therefore, to act on the internal coloration”. The instant whitening effect so much sought after by the followers of these institutes is then only temporary. We cannot, moreover, ignore their effectiveness on superfluous colorations. But for this, scaling or polishing is enough and these examinations are fully covered by health insurance.
When it comes to whitening kits, reviews are mixed. They contain the same levels of whitening product and act on the surface only. These techniques can also hold surprises. Indeed, you should know that hydrogen peroxide is only active on the natural tooth and does not act on ceramic crowns and other composite resins. After your teeth whitening, it will be necessary to redo them. In addition, it is essential to have a healthy mouth. We, therefore, advise you to seek the advice of a specialist before investing in your kit.
Teeth whitening at the dentist
To treat this delicate problem in-depth, nothing better than a visit to the dentist. During the first appointment, the specialist begins by checking your oral health. You must show no signs of cavities or gum disease before starting treatment. In this way, you ward off the dangers together. And for good reason, the hydrogen peroxide contained in the treatment, even at low doses, can by penetrating a decayed tooth lead to a risk of mortification of this one. It can also increase the inflammation of gum disease.
This first visit can end with an obvious act, and not the least, the scaling and/or the polishing of your teeth to eliminate surface stains before moving on to the dental clarification itself during a second date.
How does a session take place and at what price?
The dentist makes an impression on your teeth in the office and thus forms gutters, like a mouth guard. Inside these, he applies a lightning product based on hydrogen peroxide. These gutters are worn daily for 3 to 8 hours depending on their product concentration. The treatment lasts from 2 to 4 weeks depending on the desired effects. The first results, on the other hand, are visible 2 to 3 days after the start of treatment. It is not impossible to do “a little booster shot” as the specialist points out after two years.
If the treatment does not work, which can happen for certain shades of teeth, two other techniques remain possible. As a first resort, micro-abrasion consists of roughening the tooth before going back to the outpatient whitening technique. As a last resort, it is possible to claim the prosthetic artifice. This technique consists of making dental veneers, thin films of craned mic to stick on the surface of the tooth to camouflage this thankless tint and give an illusion of whiteness.
It will take 9999 Rupees depending on the technique used, product concentration, and the duration of the treatment. A star smile that has a cost!