Teeth whitening

Teeth whitening is a part of cosmetic dentistry treatments and is available to satisfy every budget, time frame and temperament. Options vary from bleaching sessions at a dentist's office to home-use bleaching kits purchased at your local drugstore.

Is teeth whitening a permanent solution?

Following a teeth whitening session, you are bound to see some difference in the colour and brightness of your teeth, but they are not permanent. Maintenance or touch-ups are required for prolonged effects.

What are the risks of teeth whitening?

It is generally considered safe to use teeth whitening products if proper guidelines are followed. However, there are certain risks you should be aware of.

Bleaching can cause a temporary increase in sensitivity to temperature, pressure and touch. This is likeliest to occur during in-office whitening, where higher-concentration bleach is used. Some individuals experience spontaneous shooting pains down the middle of their front teeth.

Those suffering from gum recession, significant cracks in their teeth or leakage resulting from faulty restorations are likely to face greater risks of sensitivity.

How long does teeth whitening sensitivity last?

Normally such sensitivity last for a day or two, but in some cases may persist up to a month.

How to deal with teeth sensitivity if it persists?

Is there a teeth whitening system for sensitive teeth?

What's the difference between bleaching and whitening?

"Bleaching" is when the teeth can be whitened beyond their natural colour. This applies strictly to products that contain bleach – typically hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. “Whitening,” restores a tooth's surface colour by removing dirt and debris. So any product, like a toothpaste, that cleans is considered a whitener.

What causes tooth staining?

Teeth darken with age due to wear and tear and stain accumulation. High consumption of red wine, coffee, tea, cola, carrots, oranges and other deeply-coloured beverages and foods causes considerable staining over the years. Tooth enamel erosion is caused by consumption of acidic foods such as citrus fruits and vinegar contribute to enamel erosion. If you are a smoker, nicotine leaves brownish deposits on your teeth, causing intrinsic discoloration.

Teeth grinding (gnashing, bruxing, etc.) can add to micro-cracking in the teeth and can cause the biting edges to darken.

What are the cheapest and most convenient of the teeth whitening options?

The cheapest options are whitening kit, featuring a bleaching gel with low concentration. The gel is applied to the teeth via one-size-fits-all trays, whitening strips or paint-on applicators. In many cases this may only whiten a few of the front teeth unlike custom trays that can whiten the entire set.

How white can our teeth become by using teeth whiteners?

Will teeth whitening affect my previous dental work?

How much does teeth whitening generally cost?