Thanks to modern technology, teeth whitening is safer and more affordable than ever before.
Discolouration occurs due to the many layers of our teeth and as we grow older these layers break down through wear and tear. The middle layer of the tooth(the dentin), gets thicker and the enamel gets thin with age. The breakdown of the dentin then begins to show through which changes the colour of our teeth.
There are many factors which contribute to discolouration but it is mainly food and drink that contains coloured liquids such as: Coffee, Wine, Tea, Sports drinks and more. The staining of teeth occur after the cumulative effect over many years.
If you are thinking about having teeth whitening done, it makes sense to learn a few things about this procedure so that you can prepare in a better way and know what to expect. Here is a simple guide:
- This is a simple process
To put it simply, whitening your teeth is nothing more than bleaching. Bear in mind that this process can’t lead to pearly white teeth, but it can definitely lighten the current colour by a few shades.
- It is possible that your teeth, in the short-term, will be more sensitive after the procedure
Whatever type of treatment you use, there is a good chance that your teeth and gums will be sensitive to the ingredients used in the process. Luckily, this feeling goes away after a short while.
- It doesn’t work on artificial/false teeth
Teeth whitening doesn’t work on fillings, crowns, veneers and dentures. A procedure like this shouldn’t damage your existing dental work, but it won’t make them whiter.
- This is a procedure that provides temporary effects and is not permanent
Even though technology has advanced, this procedure is still not permanent. In other words, you can expect your teeth to regain their natural shade after a while. The exact period of time the effects last depends on many different factors. Generally speaking, people who drink tea and coffee and people who smoke will have to perform teeth whitening more frequently compared to others. These products contain ingredients that affect the colour of teeth in a negativee way.
- It must be done by a professional dentist
If you want to be sure that you will get the best results and that the procedure will be finished safely, you should choose a professional dentist. Professional dentists have the knowledge, experience and training to perform such activities and they will do their best to maximise the effects.
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