Orange County Teeth bleaching to remove stains and whitening teeth is a common procedure in general dentistry. We are referring to the procedure performed by professionals in our dental office. The solution used is stronger than those in do-it-yourself at home products. And, unlike the many products for home use, the bleaching solutions used in-office by dentists are regulated by the FDA.
Does Teeth Bleaching Really Work?
Yes! The methods for whitening natural teeth have been developed over about 100 years. Today’s products are greatly improved over those used a decade ago. They are both more effective in whitening and safer. For this reason, the procedure of teeth whitening has become the most requested procedure in cosmetic dentistry today.
It is important to note that these products work on natural teeth, but not on tooth- colored porcelain restorations, such as crowns, veneers, and fillings. On the other hand, porcelain restorations are more stain resistant than tooth enamel.
Tooth Structure and Color Variations
It is important to understand the structure of teeth and natural variations in color. Teeth are composed of a surface enamel layer, which is whiter and semitransparent, and an underlying dentin layer, which is darker and less transparent.
The natural color of teeth is an off-white shade – like bone – rather than pure white. Smaller teeth are lighter than larger teeth because there is less bulk of dentin partially visible through the enamel layer. Thus, generally, females’ teeth are whiter than those of males, and baby teeth are whiter than permanent teeth.
The perception of color is a complex of factors. Public opinion about tooth color tends to be distorted by portrayals of cosmetically enhanced teeth common in the media. Furthermore, as a person ages, their teeth often become darker due to changes in the mineral structure of the tooth as well as various forms of tooth wear.
Staining and Discoloration
The exterior of teeth may be darkened by a buildup of surface stains which hide the natural tooth color. Also, the tooth itself may discolor because of intrinsic factors, such as tooth decay, trauma, and fluorosis. The leading causes of external staining are the dental plaque, calculus, tobacco, various liquids (coffee, tea, etc.) and topical medications. Both extrinsic and intrinsic staining can be caused by aging and bruxism.
Professional Bleaching Procedure
At 7 Day Dental, we will protect your gums with either a protective gel or a rubber shield or both. A solution of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide is then applied to the teeth.
Breaking the staining components into smaller pieces, some of which are rinsed away at the end, a special light is used to enhance the action of the whitening agent. After twenty minutes, the bleaching agent remaining on the surface is rinsed off.
Some of the bleach solutions penetrates the surface layer; this helps whiten teeth. There may be some tooth sensitivity for the first twenty-four hours after the bleaching treatment, but it will go away. After treatment, your teeth will be noticeably whiter.
Is Teeth Bleaching Safe?
Whitening treatments supervised by a licensed dentist are safe. In one of their publications, the American Dental Association (www.ada.org) made the following statement.
Dentist-prescribed products made by a reputable manufacturer and used under the supervision of a dentist in a relatively short-term treatment duration are safe and recognized as most effective in lightening the color of teeth. Bleaching materials that have received the ADA Seal of Acceptance are recommended. Mild thermal sensitivity [sensitivity to cold] is a common side effect associated with most in-office and dentist-prescribed home bleaching methods. However, no long-term irreversible tissue effects have been demonstrated in relevant clinical studies.
The ADA recommends that if you choose to use a whitening product, you do so only after consultation with a dentist. A thorough oral examination, performed by a licensed dentist, is essential to determine if bleaching is an appropriate course of treatment. You and your 7 Day Dental dentist together can determine the most appropriate treatment. Your dentist will supervise the use of whitening products as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.
Schedule an appointment at 7 Day Dental to learn which type of whitening process is the right one for you.
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