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Bleaching (sometimes called dental whitening) has become a popular element in the emerging field of cosmetic dentistry.

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Teeth Whitening

December 6, 2009

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Dental Teeth Whitening And Bleaching

As people age, their adult teeth can get damaged and enamel may begin to stain from a variety of acidic foods and beverage, or due to smoking.

This aging and damage creates a much less bright smile, and even leaves some people feeling very self-conscious about the appearance of their mouth. For these individuals teeth bleaching is a great blessing.

Home Dental Teeth Whitening

Currently there are a variety of products and procedures available to people considering teeth bleaching. First there are at home, over-the-counter products including bleaching gels, bleaching strips, and bleaching pens. The nicest part about the home products is the privacy they afford and their relative cost-effectiveness.

Each of these options (gels, strips, and pens) usually include some type of peroxide to facilitate a lighter coloring on the tooth (not all that differently than bleach acts on a stained sink or tub). Most home treatments take about 2 weeks to achieve results and will not affect any unnatural tooth surface (such as a prosthetic).

Note that high concentrate cabamide peroxide treatments for oxidizing stains are also available in your dentist’s office if you prefer a more professional quality. The application takes about an hour in sets of 20 minute gel applications to the teeth. This procedure costs about $500.00.

Professional Dental Teeth Whitening

Laser & Bonding / Veneers

These two approaches to teeth bleaching take place in a dentist’s office. The laser whitening (sometimes called power bleaching) speeds up the process of whitening and is more thorough than a home product. It is not, however, permanent.

Your diet and lifestyle effect how long the whitening treatment lasts (the time being much shorter for people who drink coffee and tea, or those who smoke). By comparison, bonding / veneers use a coating of material on top of the natural tooth. It may cover the whole tooth or only a spot that’s showing staining. The composite is fixed using a blue light and every effort is made to match it to the rest of the tooth if it’s only a "spot” job.

Are there Risks?

There are some potential negative side-effects from teeth bleaching. Gel bleaches may cause burns on unprotected tissue. Home bleaching products can negatively impact enamel slightly.

Most of all, many individuals report tooth sensitivity and/or irritated gums after bleaching. This isn’t unexpected and should clear up within three days.

Additionally home teeth bleaching isn’t recommended for people who have poor oral health , receding bone or gums, those who may be pregnant or nursing, and for children who are under 16 years of age.

Generally speaking, it’s not a bad idea to consult with your dentist before trying any product at home.

Post Teeth bleaching Care:

After you’ve used a teeth bleaching product or received dental treatment, you can extend the amount of time that your teeth remain bright and white. Don’t drink dark-colored beverages. Take excellent care of your teeth by brushing twice daily and flossing once a day. Finally don’t overlook the importance of diet to your oral hygiene, all play an important part of dental teeth whitening.


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