Why do teeth lose their whiteness?
Over time, yellow-brown stains may appear on the teeth due to frequent consumption of coloring foods and drinks (tea, coffee, sauces, etc.) and smoking, color change may also be observed due to the use of certain medications such as antibiotics during the treatment period.
People who are embarrassed by this appearance, teeth whitening is a good solution to lighten their teeth and make them white by about 2 degrees of color without any damage.
Types of bleaching
- Teeth whitening in the dental office (in-clinic whitening)
- Home teeth whitening
- Single tooth whitening (internal whitening of teeth treated with root canal treatment)
- Combined teeth whitening (internal + clinical whitening)
Teeth Whitening (at the dental office)
- It is a teeth whitening method applied by the dentist in the dental clinic. After applying a protective barrier to the gums, the whitening gel applied to the teeth is activated using UV light or a laser and the whitening process takes an average of 1 hour. This application is also known as “Laser Teeth Whitening Method”.
Home teeth whitening
A custom-made tray is provided by the dentist for home use, by applying a whitening agent to the teeth using the tray. It will be used according to the instructions for the duration recommended by the dentist. It will be worn comfortably at home. At-home whitening trays can significantly reduce superficial stains.
Combined teeth whitening (home whitening + in-office whitening)
In this method, teeth whitening is applied both at home and in the dental office. After its application in the clinic, the process is supported by home whitening for 2-3 days.
Single tooth Bleaching (internal Bleaching)
It is applied to teeth that change color after root canal treatment. The tooth filling is removed, and the Bleaching gel is applied to the open space and closed with a temporary filling. The sessions are repeated at 3-day intervals until the desired color is achieved.
Is teeth whitening the same for everyone?
The teeth whitening application does not work the same for everyone, depending on the structure of the tooth, the degree of lightening of the color may differ.
How long does the whitening effect last?
The result of whitening may differ depending on the tooth structure of the person and its effect lasts between 6 months and 2 years. This period can be lengthened or shortened in proportion to the frequency of oral care, and the consumption of tea, coffee, tobacco.
What should I pay attention to after bleaching?
After applying Bleaching, especially during the first two weeks, colored drinks such as tea or coffee; acidic liquids such as cola and tobacco products should be avoided. Otherwise, the whitening effect may decrease at the beginning of the period.