Teeth whitening

November 12, 2012

Teeth whitening

White teeth, that Hollywood smile everyone wants to get, isn’t it one the most common wishes and interests concerning equally men and women all over the world? It is possible. You can have it!

Today having white teeth is not only a treat, it is a necessity, a condition of general comfort. Studies have shown that more than 50% of the population wants to have whiter teeth. Not all of them know that this is a procedure any dentist can fulfill. In order to check if whitening our teeth is possible or not, as well as to understand the ways through which it is done, let’s talk about the main causes of teeth discoloration.

Dental discromies

Dental discromies are clinically visible changes in tooth colour. They can be caused by:

  1. external causes: the use of cigarettes, coffee, tea, wine, etc. In this case the most affected part of the tooth is the enamel (the outer layer);

  2. internal causes: excessive use of fluor during childhood, lack of vitamins A and B, genetic causes such as amelogenesis imperfecta, osteogenesis imperfecta. In this case the most affected part of the tooth is the dentin (the second layer of the tooth);

  3. age issuses: the older we get, the more yellow turns the dentin, and the thinner gets the enamel.

Teeth whitening can be successfuly performed by a professional, but and not only.

Professional whitening

Today, there are several techniques and systems used in order to achieve great results.

These are:

  • Zoom Advanced Power laser technique: a 90 minute treatment procedure; depending on every patient’s eating habits, the effect will last from 1 to 3 year lasting effect; this laser based technique, according to the American Dental Association is one of the best choices today;

  • The Beyond System: a 30 minute treatment procedure, no UV or heat emissions, the worldwide newest technique;

  • Opalescence: Opalescence Take Home Whitening Gels are delivered via customized bleaching tray. Your dentist will create this tray from an alginate impression of your mouth. The sticky, viscous gel which includes potassium fluoride (PF), along with the chemical components for whitening as hydrogen peroxide, helps to improve oral health by strengthening enamel, decreasing sensitivity, and offering increased cavity prevention. You can apply the filled trays on your teeth during nighttime, it might take 9 to 14 nights in order to reach a great result;

  • Opalescence preloaded whitening trays which can be adjusted over your teeth, with wearing time of 30-40 minutes once a day. It can take up to one week to get noticeable results.

More or less affordable options, these are not always taken in consideration by you, or me, or anyone who wants results with less money, time or effort. This is why besides taking good care of your oral hygiene, and paying more attention to your eating and drinking habits, you need to know more about the natural remedies that can help you. Eat lemons, strawberries, use special cinammon powder for whitening, brush your teeth with baking soda or even wood ash and eat lots an lots of crunchy vegetables. You will be surprised, as they act just like little toothbrushes which scrub stains away.

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