Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure. Although teeth are not naturally white, most of us want sparkly bright white teeth. Teeth darken with the physiological aging process. However the appearance can also be affected by the accumulation of surface stains acquired from food products or tobacco.
Am I candidate for teeth whitening?
Almost everyone is a candidate for teeth whitening. However, in certain cases teeth whitening may not be an ideal option for teeth affected by fluorosis, tetracycline and also for individuals with severe attrition of teeth. In these cases teeth are discolored with dark gray or reddish shades which are the most resistant to teeth whitening. In such cases porcelain veneers or crowns are an excellent option and allow you to choose how white you want your smile to be.
How is it done?
In the teeth whitening treatment, the current shade of the teeth will be noted with a shade guide. The teeth whitening material is applied on the teeth surfaces after which it is cured. This might take up to 2-3 cycles in a single sitting.
How long do whitening results last?
‘It depends’ would be the best answers to this question. Some people smoke. Some people drink coffee, tea and other soft drinks every single day. Some people drink these beverages occasionally. These habits stain your teeth. A good rule of thumb is that if it will stain a white shirt, it will stain your teeth. Your whitening results will last a long time if these habits are very rarely done.