Teeth Whitening & Aesthetics
Bleaching: It is the process of whitening the discoloration in the structure of the teeth or dark colored teeth in order to give a more aesthetic appearance.
Home Bleaching: It is the teeth whitening process applied at home by the patient himself. It is preferred for simple coloration. In order to perform this procedure, a measurement must be taken from the patient and the mouth model must be removed. A transparent and elastic cover is prepared on this model. The whitening gel given by the dentist is put into this sheath and inserted into the mouth by the patient himself. It is usually applied at night or on weekends.
The substance used in home bleaching; It is carbamide peroxide. (10 – 16 – 20 – 22-25)
Office Bleaching; It is a whitening method applied by the dentist during the examination. It can be applied to one tooth or several teeth. Teeth that are more difficult to whiten usually require intervention in the examination. With various techniques such as heat and light, you can have white teeth in an hour. It is applied in one or several sessions.
The substance used in office bleaching; is hydrogen peroxide. (15-35-38%)
Things to pay attention;
Gels used in whitening (Hydrogen/Carbamide Peroxide) can damage the gums. Therefore, it should not be carried over the gums. The overflow should be wiped with a damp cotton pad.
If home bleaching is not done regularly and in sufficient time, the desired whiteness may not be achieved.
There may be hot-cold sensitivity after whitening. This sensitivity is normal. It will be fixed after a while.
The harm of teeth whitening; It is harmless in low concentrations (10-16%) and in correct applications. It does not cause any significant change on the enamel. It can only cause temporary damage to the gums when not enough attention is paid. There may be hypersensitivity at high concentrations.
Situations where teeth whitening is not recommended;
For those who drink a lot of coffee…
In people with enamel defects, dentin layer and tooth root exposed.
Continuity period of teeth whitening;
Bleaching done to remove discolorations such as tetracycline stains usually does not return.
Bleaching for general bleaching can last for 3-4 years. This period may vary from person to person depending on their eating habits. Over time, the color may return 10-20%.
For those who use coloring foods such as cigarettes and coffee a lot, the color may return 30-40% after 1-2 years.
Bleaching should be repeated with a single daily use every 6-12 years for the purpose of reinforcing so that the color does not return.