Why Do I Need My Teeth Whitened?
Many people choose to have their teeth professionally whitened to counter the yellowing that occurs over time due to staining from food, beverages, or tobacco use. Tooth whitening is a cosmetic procedure and does not affect the function of the teeth. While this is an elective treatment, badly stained or yellowed teeth do affect appearance and can negatively affect a person’s confidence. People who have stained or yellowed teeth may feel uncomfortable about smiling, which can affect their social and professional lives. White teeth are also considered to appear more youthful and healthy.
What Causes Stained Teeth?
Tooth discoloration is most often due to staining from consuming substances like coffee, tea, wine, and tobacco products. Yellowing can also occur due to the tooth enamel thinning. The yellow tint results from thinning of the outer layer of enamel and the underlayer, called dentin, which is yellowish in color shows through. Radiation and chemotherapy can cause stains, as can some medications.
How Does Whitening Work?
Teeth whitening might more accurately be called bleaching. The materials used in the whitening products contain hydrogen peroxide. Most professional whitening products use carbamide peroxide, which lifts stains from the teeth. Although at-home products are available, dental products are stronger and more effective. The dentist can also use special lights or lasers to increase the whitening effect. Most in-office treatments are completed in one visit, although the teeth will need to be thoroughly cleaned and any decay or tartar build up removed before the whitening procedure can take place.
Is Bleaching Safe?
Dr. Rathee only uses clinically tested, trusted teeth whitening products and procedures to ensure that each patient achieves the best possible results without any unwanted side effects. Some patients report is tooth sensitivity to temperature after the procedure. However, the sensitivity usually fades quickly and no other discomfort is experienced.