Out of all the dental procedures in cosmetic dentistry being performed, teeth whitening ranks the highest. Whatever the reason, patients have been known to regain their confidence and self-esteem right after the whitening process.
What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is simply a process that eliminates discoloration and stains on the teeth. The procedure also brightens the natural pigmentation of the teeth. The nature of the stains as well as the severity of the discoloration determines the degree of improvement after the treatment.
When your teeth become brown or yellow due to coffee, tea or smoking, stains will generally lighten four to five shades. Gray teeth caused by natural pigmentation or use of antibiotics will lighten two to three shades. Whatever the outcome, your teeth are noticeably brighter after teeth whitening. While there may be a number of over-the-counter teeth whiteners, only a dental professional can recommend the most effective teeth whiteners.
What are the techniques?
Today, there are two effective whitening techniques available – the in-office laser teeth whitening and at-home teeth whitening with custom-fit trays. These two techniques should be done under your dentist’s supervision to ensure safety.
Laser teeth whitening
The In-office teeth whitening is done with bleaching gel and laser light. This is a good method for teeth whitening for sensitive teeth and this process should be closely monitored by a Tampa cosmetic dentist. The process begins when the teeth are carefully isolated from the lips and gums. Next, a bleaching gel is applied to the teeth. A laser is used with the gel in order to amplify the teeth whitening process.
For at-home teeth whitening, your Tampa cosmetic dentist can take imprints of your teeth and then make custom-fitted trays for your use to complete your teeth whitening process. There are also a number of teeth bleaching kits available over the counter at drugstores. If instructions are followed to the letter, most of them are safe by general standards.
Teeth whitening systems use in-office applications of gel to the teeth. Next, light is applied in order to activate the gel.
There are also a number of teeth whitening systems in the market including a variety of whitening toothpastes, paint-on whitening products and whitening strips.
There are a number of whitening materials that have some side effects. The gel in many whitening methods makes the teeth sensitive to hot and cold foods, drinks and air temporarily. The trays used to bleach teeth can also cause sensitivity to the gums.
Some over the counter whitening products may wear down the teethes enamel if used too zealously. For this reason, it is recommended to undergo teeth whitening treatments under the supervision of a Tampa cosmetic dentist.
Teeth whitening costs varies according to the type of methods – at home or in-office. In-office services cost from $100 to $800 and at-home bleaching trays custom-fitted by a dentist cost from $300 to $2,000.