What is Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening (termed tooth bleaching when utilizing bleach), is either restoration of natural tooth shade or whitening beyond natural tooth shade, depending on the definition used. Restoration of the underlying, natural tooth shade is possible by simply removing surface (extrinsic) stains (e.g. from tea, coffee, red wine and tobacco) and calculus (tartar). Calculus is difficult to remove without a professional clean. To whiten the natural tooth shade, bleaching is usually used. It is a common procedure in cosmetic dentistry, and a number of different techniques are used by dental professionals. Techniques include bleaching strips, bleaching pen, bleaching gel, and laser tooth whitening.
Benefits of Teeth Whitening
Better Oral Hygiene
Increased Self Confidence
FAQ on Teeth Whitening
Who are suitable candidates for teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is a low-risk procedure, and therefore it is suitable for a wide range of patients. Candidates for teeth whitening typically have mild to moderate discoloration, and they want to achieve a sparkling smile. However, there are certain factors that may preclude patients from being good candidates for treatment. These include: patients with fabrications or restorations on the front facing teeth (such as porcelain veneers, dental crowns, or dental bonding), patients with intrinsic stains, patients with extreme tooth sensitivity or worn enamel, and patients with bruxism or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).