Tooth whitening is a popular dental treatment that helps in removing teeth discoloration and stains. Tooth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental procedure, and almost all dentist perform tooth whitening. It is not only done one-time, it involves repeatedly undergoing the treatment to maintain the brighter color of the teeth. Enamel is the outer layer of the tooth and the colors of the teeth is created by light reflection and scattering of light off the enamel in combination with the dentin’s color. Hereditary factor affects the smoothness and thickness of the enamel. An enamel that is thinner allows more color of the dentin to show, and a rougher and smoother enamel affects the light reflection and so as the color.
The teeth becomes discolored because of the follicle of thin coating created by the teeth that picks up stains and the teeth enamel also have pores holding stains. If you talk to a dentist, you’ll be advised that the most common reasons why the teeth get yellowed, stained or discolored include poor dental hygiene, smoking or tobacco use, and excessive intake of dark-colored liquids such as cola, coffee, tea and red wine. Aging is also another important factor why the enamel gets thinner and the dentin becomes darker leading to less bright teeth. Intrinsic stains or stains inside the tooth also happen because of too much fluoride exposure in childhood while the teeth were still developing. Tooth whitening is considered the most effective on extrinsic stains. Before the dentist will be doing teeth whitening treatment, any cavities need to be treated first because the whitening solution can pass through these decayed areas, reaching the inner parts of the teeth. Teeth whitening products cannot make the teeth whiter is the gums are receded with exposed yellow or discolored roots of the teeth. Whitening can be performed at home or in a dental office, wherein the dentist will be taking a photograph of your teeth before to the procedure which is a reference basis and to help in monitoring the progress of the treatment.
Your dentist will clean your teeth prior to the treatment to remove food particles and bacteria. Whitening gel products can also be applied at home daily for two to three weeks, and your dentist can make trays to hold the whitening gel to fit your teeth properly. Whitening gel can be used or whitening agents activated laser light or heat. A dentist may also use different teeth whitening procedure to whiten the tooth inside, by placing a whitening agent inside the tooth and putting a temporary filling over it, left for several days and removed.