Teeth whitening helps remove surface stains

Written by: Dr. José Antonio Ferrandiz Esteve
Edited by: Top Doctors®

What is tooth whitening?

Tooth whitening consists of removing superficial stains from the teeth by means of a hygiene, a tartrectomy with the hygienist and then carrying out a procedure using a chemical agent that produces an increase in the white color of the teeth.. There are two types of whitening, the clinic that is done in about 2 sessions with a gel of high concentration and in which you have to protect the gums or the domestic in which molds are made, which are made inside the mouth, and the positive is made, on which then are made elastic splints with the shape of the dental arch and on which these splints are deposited or the gel is applied, by means of syringes. Once this is done, the splint is positioned inside the mouth and the bleaching agent is allowed to act for a series of minutes and over a series of days.

Does this procedure remove tooth enamel?

This procedure is considered totally harmless for tooth enamel, not producing any type of injury. It simply increases the permeability of the enamel so that the bleaching agent can work in the underlying layers of the dentin and thus produce that effect of increasing the white color of the tooth.

How much can the color be improved?

Depending on the diagnosis and for whatever reason the tooth does not have a desired color the color may rise more or less in a predictable way. In cases where there are very intrinsic or very dark stains, the final result will not be optimal but, in any case you can always upload an amount within the scale of measurement of color that we have. For that we have a series of instruments to measure what is the starting color and what is the color of arrival after the treatment. But in general the result is very good especially in teeth that have lost their luster and their color due to natural causes such as the loss of a little of the enamel, which is a natural process, even by chronic staining due to coffee, tobacco, tea and other type of elements.

How long does tooth whitening last?

Tooth whitening, if the whole procedure has been carried out in a correct way, can last for many months. In principle it is considered that between a year and two years, although, progressively is losing a bit the tonality and in those cases it would be advisable to make a small reinforcement especially with domestic whitening.

How many times can a teeth whitening be performed?

Teeth whitening is usually done in the clinic once a year or once every 2 years and domestic whitening is usually done once a year, and some periodic reinforcement can be done especially when we have some kind of social commitment or a party, and we want to enhance or to do again a rehabilitation of the teeth from the point of view of raising again the tone, the white color of the tooth.

Is the procedure for whitening the teeth painful?

The procedure is not painful, although you have to take certain care from the point of view that can give a little sensitivity especially to the cold and heat after each session. And, in addition, in cases of whitening in the clinic, it will be necessary to protect the gums with a material, that is what the dentist does, so that this material that we want to act on the tooth does not act on the soft tissues mainly on the gums.

Is there sensitivity after performing tooth whitening?

Tooth sensitivity may appear in some cases during the whitening process. There is not always variability between some people and others, and what you have to do is simply leave the whitening procedure for a few days and in any case consult your dentist to advise you what is the best guideline to follow.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. José Antonio Ferrandiz Esteve

Odontologist internationally recognized, formed in the United States and a member of the College of Dentists of Catalonia Scientific Committee. It is one of the best doctors in reconstructive and cosmetic dentistry.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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