Tooth whitening guide

A more beautiful smile is possible nowadays thanks to new tooth whitening treatments. What techniques are currently available for whitening teeth? What are the results? Are there any side effects? With this teeth whitening guide we answer the most frequent doubts among users.

tooth whitening guide

1. What is tooth whitening?

Tooth whitening has become one of the most requested treatments in the dental surgery. Through different techniques adapted to the needs of each patient, it is possible to achieve whiter and brighter teeth in just a few sessions.

This treatment basically consists of the application of a whitening substance on the teeth, followed by the application of an activator, which can be a lamp or a laser, to promote the whitening of the teeth. At the same time, it is essential to protect the gums and soft tissues around the teeth, thus avoiding possible damage and irritation.

2. Types

Tooth whitening can be differentiated according to their mode of application into 3 types: home application, in-office application and combined application.

Although the results obtained are practically the same, the treatment must always be directed by a dentist who will be responsible for indicating the most appropriate treatment regimen, after evaluating each patient's profile.

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3. At home

Also known as splinted teeth whitening, this is a type of treatment that can easily be carried out at home. It consists of placing dental splints inside which the whitening gel is applied.

These splints can be worn throughout the day, but are especially recommended for use at night. Gradually, the effects on the teeth become more noticeable as they change their appearance to a whiter and whiter colour.

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4. In the clinic

In a faster and more effective way, more powerful whitening treatments are usually applied in the clinic. After the application of the whitening gel, a cold light LED lamp is used to activate its power by changing the shade of the tooth.

Before applying this treatment, it is necessary to have a dental check-up to rule out any health problems in the teeth and gums. It is advisable to have a professional cleaning before starting the whitening treatment, thus allowing the products to better penetrate the tooth enamel.

5. Combined

Combining the advantages of in-clinic and at-home treatment, this type of teeth whitening is the most widely used type of whitening today. It involves a more comprehensive technique, starting with the activation of the whitener in the dentist's office.

After this, the patient will notice the gradual effects of the treatment using splints with whitening gel at home. Through regular check-ups, it is easier to achieve the desired tooth shade, limiting possible adverse effects.

6. Internal

Tooth whitening techniques can be classified as vital or non-vital whitening, according to the condition of the teeth on which the treatment is to be performed.

The best known and most common is vital whitening, which is usually applied to what are known as vital teeth and generally covers all the teeth that form part of the smile. While internal teeth whitening, or non-vital teeth whitening, is usually performed on a single tooth that no longer has a nerve after having undergone a root canal.

Over time, the tooth may darken and, to correct the colour, internal whitening is carried out by introducing the whitening product inside the tooth. This is left to act for a maximum of one week, depending on the shade of the tooth, until the desired colour is obtained.

7. Side effects

Teeth whitening is an absolutely safe process, provided it is carried out under the supervision of a qualified dentist. The products used to whiten teeth do not cause side effects and do not damage the enamel.

The only side effect that may be detected in some patients is an increase in tooth sensitivity immediately after application of the product. This sensation is temporary and usually disappears within a few hours or days. However, the use of desensitising toothpastes is very useful to treat these temporary symptoms.

8. What are your results?

The result of tooth whitening will depend on the needs of each patient. Starting from a base shade that varies from person to person, it is possible to decrease several levels, achieving visibly whiter and brighter teeth.

This change in colour can be seen in just a few days. From the first session, most of the treatments are highly effective, and once the objective has been achieved, it is advisable to maintain the teeth whitening every six months or a year, to ensure that the results are maintained.

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9. How long does it last?

The effects of teeth whitening do not last forever. The enamel may darken or stain again as a result of age or the ingestion of certain foods and beverages.

Once the treatment has been completed, teeth can remain white for longer if proper hygiene habits are followed. By brushing your teeth properly, avoiding foods that colour the tooth enamel, and maintaining the whitening process, the effect will last a lifetime.

10. How often can it be done?

There is no limit to the number of whitening treatments a patient can have. Thanks to new systems that are completely safe for the integrity and health of the tooth, it is possible to repeat the treatment whenever necessary.

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