Updated: Feb 15, 2022
If you’ve decided to go beyond what regular daily brushing, or routine dental cleanings can do, and want to add extra sparkle to your teeth, you may choose to get your teeth professionally whitened. Unlike teeth cleanings and daily brushing, which remove discoloration and plaque on the surface of the tooth, professional whitening penetrates inside teeth to get rid of the piled up medication, and age-related discoloration. The major benefit of getting professional teeth whitening over using over-the-counter systems and routine dental maintenance, is that the results show a significant colour change, in a short period of time.
This blog post will help you understand what you need to know before you get your teeth professionally whitened:
What should you expect?
Any Side Effects ?
What you should expect :
Your mouth is first prepared by getting your gums and lips covered.
A bleaching gel of professional-grade is applied to the teeth
For 15-20 minutes a special light is focused on the teeth to help activate the bleaching gel
The bleaching gel application along with the light treatment is repeated two more times, total treatment time can take up to an hour.
You can expect the actual new color to appear a few days after treatment, whitening your teeth by as much as two to eight shades brighter. You may be advised to come back for an additional session depending on whether you have achieved your desired color or not.
Any Side Effects?
Although teeth whitening is a fairly safe procedure, there are a few side effects that you should be aware of.
Sensitivity. Bleaching can possibly cause temporary sensitivity to pressure, temperature, and touch, and in a few cases even shooting pains. The pain usually lasts 24-48 hrs, but may also go up to a month.
Gum Irritation. This generally happens when the whitening solution used gets on the gums.
Technicolor Teeth. If you had dental work done such as fillings, veneers, crowns, etc, it is critical to note that dental materials used during these procedures are not affected by other bleaching agents. Their color will remain the same even though the surrounding teeth are whitened. Thus, it is advised to get professional teeth whitening prior to getting any dental work done.
As teeth continually get stained by coffee and other drinks, teeth whitening results won’t last forever and yellowing is part of the aging process. Generally, results after getting your teeth professionally whitened can last anywhere from one to five years. A good dental care routine at home with regular flossing, brushing, and mouthwash rinsing, is the best way to sustain your results. Likewise, minimize the consumption of staining drinks, food, and tobacco.
Getting your teeth professionally whitened may not be for you if you fall within one or more of these following categories:
You have receding gums
You have sensitive teeth
You have gum sensitivity
You are under 18 years of age
You are pregnant or breastfeeding
You have cavities
You have visible fillings,inlays, crowns, implants, bridges, onlays, veneers
A white bright smile can make your confidence reach the skies, provided its been done by a professional who knows the game.If you are looking for Professional Teeth Whitening in Bangalore, please contact our expert dentists at 1 Health Medical Centre, or schedule an appointment with us if you’d like to talk to our dentists in-person regarding the best options available for you