Sometimes the teeth have an inadequate coloration, yellowish or brown, darker than normal or some stains, due to many factors, such as diet, poor dental hygiene, some medications, genetics or age. We will tell you what the different techniques of this dental procedure consist of.
What is a teeth whitening?
This a cosmetic dentistry treatment, which seeks to clarify or eliminate dental stains, to obtain a whiter and brighter denture, it has become very popular in recent years, becoming one of the most requested dental procedures. In the market there are several options, some of which you can apply at home without a prescription and others for which you will have to go to the dentist.
Teeth whitening in the consulting room
If you are looking for really extraordinary results this is always the best option, it’s the most expensive, but you can reach up to 10 lighter shades. It’s made with hydrogen peroxide at 35%; it can be done on vital and non-vital teeth both on the external and internal part of the teeth.
Basically there are two types: Laser Whitening and Zoom Whitening (LED), it’s applied between 1-4 sessions each of 1 hour and you see the results from the first session.
Teeth whitening with dental supervision
This option is much more affordable than the previous one, it’s done in a joint work between you and your dentist, lasting 3-4 weeks, in which you will have to visit the dentist 2-3 times and do several sessions yourself , as indicated, 30 minutes every 8 hours, is performed with carbamine peroxide at 10% concentration, before applying this treatment it’s necessary to carry out prophylaxis and an oral revision in the consulting room, in addition, a custom splint is made with the one that the bleach will be applied and to avoid inconveniences with the periodontal tissues.
Over-the-counter teeth whitening
These options are the cheapest and least invasive on the market, we can use them at home without having to visit the dentist, however compared to the previous two the results are not as noticeable.
Among the most widely used options are LED Whitening, whitening splints, whitening strips, whitening pens, whitening gel, toothpaste and mouthwash with bleaching agents.
And after whitening …
After the application of your teeth whitening, the result is unfortunately not permanent, it lasts between 6 to 18 months, due to the staining of the teeth with the food you eat, so the ideal is to make small changes in diet and quit the cigarette in case you smoke.
Another important aspect of teeth whitening to consider is that some patients report that tooth sensitivity increases during and after treatment.
So, if you suffer from tooth sensitivity in your case, we suggest you discuss it with your dentist beforehand so that he recommends the most suitable dental procedure for you, in addition to prescribing some topical treatment that will help you improve said tooth sensitivity before, during and after the teeth whitening process.