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Teeth Whitening - Treatment, Procedure And Side Effects

What is the treatment?

A perfect smile is a necessity when trying to make a good impression on people. Stained or yellowed teeth can often put a damper on what would be a charming smile. With all the pollution and staining foods that people consume on a day to day basis, staining and yellowing of the teeth have become a common problem. Food like coffee, tea, red wine and even cola have a staining effect on the teeth. Smokers are especially prone to the yellowing of teeth, as are people who consume any tobacco products.

While tooth bleaching has existed for decades, previous bleaching methods were harsh and underdeveloped. They would often cause tooth sensitivity due to corrosion of the enamel and sometimes even lead to other oral or health problems as the chemicals used were not safe. This is why people often have an aversion to getting their teeth whitened and tend to forego the procedure even when recommended by professionals. Fortunately, modern teeth whitening technology, be it bleach or laser, is extremely gentle and only works to remove stains from the teeth.

There are a number of different methods that dentists use to whiten teeth. Tooth bleaching is a popular method and involves putting a bleaching gel on the teeth which remove stains.

How is the treatment done?

A tooth whitening procedure will usually require approximately 30 minutes. You can easily take an hour out of your day to go in for the procedure. If you are going for a common tooth bleaching, the dentist will put a gel on your teeth for 30-40 minutes and then clean it off before you leave. This procedure will take three to five sessions and results will begin to appear after two to three sessions.

If you opt for a laser whitening procedure it will take fewer sessions to achieve the desired result. Depending on whether or not you are opting for a power whitening method or any other accelerated method, it might even take as few as just one session to achieve the desired results. Laser whitening will usually entail that the doctor put a dam on your gums to protect it from the laser. Then, a gel is applied to your teeth, that is activated as the laser is applied to it.

The details of the procedure, as well as the time it takes, will depend on your specific requirements as well as various other factors that include your dental health, the amount of staining and the kind of whitening method you have opted for.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

Tooth whitening is required for stained and severely yellowed teeth that cannot be remedied with home oral care.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

You should not undergo a teeth whitening procedure if:

  • You are under the age of 13.
  • You suffer from a gum disease or any disease that affects your oral health

Are there any side effects?

There are no major side effects that can occur from modern tooth whitening procedures. The most common side effect is temporary sensitivity from consuming cold food or beverages. Other side effects include a sore throat and white patches on gums. These side effects are also temporary and do not persist a few days after the procedure.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

The post- treatment guidelines include:

  • Brushing your teeth regularly and thoroughly.
  • Using fluoride toothpaste.
  • Avoid sugary and stain-causing foods/drinks as much as possible.
  • Going for regular checkups with your dentist.

How long does it take to recover?

There is no recovery period for this procedure. You can get back to your normal routine right after having a tooth whitening treatment.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

There are a variety of different methods of tooth whitening, each of which can vary in cost depending on various factors. They usually cost between Rs. 1000 and Rs. 150,000 in India.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

The effects of a professional tooth whitening procedure usually last up to three years. This can vary based on your oral hygiene habits, the place you live and on whether or not you consume sugary foods, coffee, and tobacco.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

Tooth whitening procedures have various different methods you can opt for. However, if you are looking for an alternative to professional tooth whitening you can try home whitening kits, whitening toothpastes, and tooth whitening gels.

Safety: High Effectiveness: High Timeliness: Medium Relative Risk: Low Side Effects: Very Low Recovery Time: Very Low Price Range: Rs. 1000 - Rs. 1,50,000

Popular Health Tips

Dental Care!

BDS, MDS Prosthodontics
Dentist, Bangalore
Dental Care!

Even with regular brushing and flossing, it can be hard to avoid the gradual graying the teeth undergo. Likewise, if you have poor oral health habits, your teeth can rapidly turn yellow, brown or even black. However, that doesn't mean that you can't get your teeth white again by whitening them yourself.

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Teeth Whitening!

BDS
Dentist, Mumbai
Teeth Whitening!

Teeth whitening also called as bleaching is a safe procedure for making your teeth whiter than before but recommended to be done under the supervision of your dentist. Your dentist will first determine the health of your gums and teeth and then recommend you the procedure.Generally it a single sitting procedure and the effect of which can last upto 1.5 years

Want A Perfect Smile? Consult A Dentist For Bleaching Today!

MDS - Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopaedics, BDS (Implantologist)
Dentist, Noida
Want A Perfect Smile? Consult A Dentist For Bleaching Today!

Everybody wants that perfect smile showing off pearly white teeth but not many have it. There is a constant try to improve the smile by making the teeth whiter and brighter.

Teeth can be discolored intrinsically or extrinsically. They acquire different shades and sometimes even different colors like brown and black, making them stand out as extremely odd.

Teeth change color either due to intrinsic or extrinsic reasons. Intrinsic is when minerals like fluoride get incorporated into the tooth, giving it white irregular spots. Aging also causes intrinsic staining, turning them to a pale yellow shade. This is more difficult to remove than the extrinsic coloring. Also, teeth change color due to extrinsic causes like food substances, smoking, medications, tobacco usage, poor oral hygiene, etc.

The introduction of tooth bleaching came as boon to those who were unhappy with their teeth color.

Whitening can also be done in the dentist's office or at home by the patients themselves.

Though over-the-counter bleaching agents are available, it is always advised to consult a dentist and then choose the appropriate material. The time of each application and the duration of the entire treatment are best decided by the dentist. The product provided by the dentist would be stronger and will produce quicker results than the ones available in the market.

In-House Bleaching: Single visit zoom whitening is done in in-house leaching. The gums are first protected and then the bleaching agent is applied. It could require laser for activation in some cases. If the desired color is not achieved, it could be followed by a couple of applications at home.

In some cases, there could be minor complications including gum irritation and increased tooth sensitivity. This is caused by the hydrogen peroxide, which is the standard component in all bleaching agents.

The whitening process can be repeated at desired intervals to add that extra sparkle. Once the trays are fabricated, the bleaching agent can be used multiple times.

Teeth Whitening: Why You Should Talk to Your Dentist
Tooth bleaching can make teeth temporarily sensitive -- or be uncomfortable for people who already have sensitive teeth. When used incorrectly, home kits can also lead to burned -- even temporarily bleached -- gums.

Tooth-whitening works best for people with yellow teeth and is less effective for people with brown teeth. If your teeth are gray or purple, tooth bleaching probably won't work at all.

To be sure tooth-whitening is worth your time and money, talk to your dentist before you use an over-the-counter tooth whitening kit.

If you are not happy with the color of your teeth, talk to your dentist about what is the best method to change their color. The results could leave you surprised with a white, bright smile. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Teeth Whitening: What You Need To Know?

BDS
Dentist, Mumbai
Teeth Whitening: What You Need To Know?

Teeth whitening also called as bleaching is a safe procedure for making your teeth whiter than before but recommended to be done under the supervision of your dentist. Your dentist will first determine the health of your gums and teeth and then recommend you the procedure.Generally it a single sitting procedure and the effect of which can last upto 1.5 years.

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White Teeth Dental Health

Post-Graduate Certificate in Endodontics, B.D.S
Dentist, Cuttack
White Teeth Dental Health

Everyone wants bright white teeth, but be careful of some over-the-counter whitening systems. Speak to your dentist before trying one of these products.

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Popular Questions & Answers

Is teeth whitening charcoal will make your teeth white? If yes then how often I can use?

BDS
Dentist, Raipur
Kindly get scaling and polishing done and if you want you can also get bleaching done. Brush your teeth twice daily using correct brushing technique to maintain your oral hygiene.

What should I do to whiten my teeth? I am not suffering from any kind of disease.

BDS, MDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Advanced course in maxillofacial sugery
Dentist, Lucknow
Get scaling polishing done by a dentist than brush twice daily especially at night avoid coloured food stuff.

Hello sir, I am 19 years old 15 year ago accidentally my teeth is damaged and blood floods in my teeth inside part. How to remove spots on my teeth and recover.

Certification in Laser Dentistry, B.D.S, Certification in Dental Implants, Certification In Rotary Endodontics
Dentist, Kanpur
15 Years Ago Means Near About Years. If There Is Any tooth related problem That Is Colour Changing, That Can Be cure By Aesthetic treatment.

My tooth (backside) get yellow layer. Which toothpaste should I use to remove the yellow layer or give me the proper solution.

BDS
Dentist, Bareilly
Tooth paste can not remove the yellow layer. Visit to your dentist and get oral prophylaxis/ Scaling procedure done followed by polishing if needed.

Is there any product in the market that can whiten my teeth. Actually my teeth are yellow. I brush twice a day but still they are yellow. Kindly suggest.

MDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Dentist, Chennai
Brush your teeth with Oral-B UltraSoft Tooth Brush in circular motion without applying much pressure. Use Cleanodent mouth wash and brush twice a day. If still not clean it can Be Cured By Bleaching or scaling done bye dentist. Go For That.

Table of Content

What is the treatment?
How is the treatment done?
Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)
Who is not eligible for the treatment?
Are there any side effects?
What are the post-treatment guidelines?
How long does it take to recover?
What is the price of the treatment in India?
Are the results of the treatment permanent?
What are the alternatives to the treatment?
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Beautiful Sparkling Smile
Hi friends!

This is Dr. Premendra Goyal. I m a dentist from Mumbai.

We Look forward to beautiful smiles and any difference in color or any darkness in color of your teeth, they bother you. We all look forward to have a white sparkling smile. Now today, to have this smile is pretty easy. We are worried about yellow teeth. Why do our teeth turn yellow? That is the biggest thing to understand first. The color of your teeth may change because of staining of your teeth, which may happen because of sudden food habits, tobacco use, excess of tea, coffees, colas. These stains can be easily removed by a simple cleaning up procedure of your teeth, wherein your dentist clean up the surface of your teeth and polish them giving you a sparkling smile. Many at times, you have situation wherein your teeth are yellow from inside. Now today, they re not difficult to clean, you ve whitening procedures. You can just get your teeth bleached professionally, which is a combination of a office bleach, wherein your dentist bleaches in the chair and maybe follow it up with some home bleaching program. Properly done, these treatments can give you good lasting results for years together. You may end up having good white teeth for five to six years at a stretch. In some cases you may have difficult stains which happen because of fluoride. These are termed as fluorosis. In very rare cases, you may need to hide those stains, which again is very simple using dental veneers or some bonding procedures, wherein some tooth colored material is placed on top of your tooth to hide those stains. So, please don t get depressed having dark teeth, you still can have a white sparkling smile anytime you want.

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