When it comes to getting rid of your coffee and tobacco tooth stains, you have several options to choose from. You can either visit your supermarket and pick an at-home whitening formula, or you can visit us your dentist for professional tooth whitening. The options are virtually endless. Numerous brands to choose from! So, which option is the safest and most effective? This article will tell you everything you need to know about tooth whitening.
Tooth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure in which a bleaching agent is applied over the surface of teeth to remove stains which ruin your smile and facial esthetics. When the bleaching agent is applied, it forms volatile compounds such as hydrogen peroxide which penetrates beneath the outer enamel layer of the teeth and chemically dissolves adherent stain. As a result, you observe a visible reduction in the shade of your teeth once the procedure has been completed. This is why tooth whitening has become one of the most sought after cosmetic dental procedures.
You can benefit from tooth whitening if you have any of the following problems:
What are the Different Types of Tooth Whitening Available?
Generally, there are two main types of tooth whitening; at-home and professional tooth whitening. Let’s discuss each option separately.
At-Home Tooth Whitening
As the name suggests, this type of tooth whitening is performed at home. Domestic tooth whiteningformulas are easily available at supermarkets, and as over-the-counter products at pharmacies. At-home tooth whitening options include:
Professional tooth whitening is performed under the supervision of a trained and experienced dentist. Unlike the domestic tooth whitening options, professional tooth whitening formulas contain a higher concentration of bleaching agents which make the comparatively more effective. Here’s how professional tooth whitening (tannbleking) at Vinterbro Tannlegesenter, one of the leading dental practices in Vinterbro is done:
The bleaching agents used in all types of whitening formulas are generally the same. However, they differ in their concentration, how fast the bleaching reaction occurs and how they are applied on the teeth. Over the counter whitening systems and strips contain too low concentrations of bleaching agents. Due to the lesser concentration of the bleaching agent and a “one fit for all” application method, they are not very effective in removing stains and in worse case they can damage and burn the gums. This is because the system isn’t made for “your teeth and gums”. These systems are not individually fitted. Cause everyone’s teeth and gums have different form and shape. Therefor there is high risk of an uneven and incomplete bleaching of tooth surfaces. This is very difficult to resolve when it happens. There is also a possibility of burn and damage to your gums.
On the other hand, professional whitening is performed by professionals under precise conditions and a controlled environment.This is done after making sure that all teeth are in good conditions which prevent serious damage to the teeth and their nerves. This is done by producing individually fitted trays which you will have to use at home.Therefore, it is much more effective than domestic whitening formulas.It gives an even homogenic long-lasting bleaching result.
Bleaching may be an effective method for getting rid of tooth stains, but what if you could learn the best method to prevent them in the first place? It’s simple. Just make sure you brush and floss daily, avoid excessive coffee, tea or tobacco intake and most importantly, visit us regularly for checkups.