Whitening is the process of removing the discoloration found in the structure of the teeth (ie, permeated).
This should not be confused with the cleaning of bacterial plaques and calculus, which is done by the physician in the clinic and adheres to the surfaces of the teeth.
In order for the whitening to be successful, first of all, tartar cleaning should be done by the dentist.
Today, there are two types of whitening, which are applied in the clinic and applied at home.
In the whitening process we do in our clinic, the result is obtained immediately.
In the home whitening process, after cleaning all the surfaces of the teeth, according to the measurements taken from the mouth.
A transparent plastic carrier mold (plate) is prepared (individually) in the laboratory.
Special places are reserved for teeth whitening gel in a well-manufactured plaque.
Special drugs used in whitening are presented in syringes as a set and applied to the mouth by squeezing into these special places prepared in the carrier mold. It is worn for an average of 6-8 hours a day (preferably while asleep).
With the differentiation that starts in a few days on average, at least 2-3 tones of whitening are achieved within a week.
Fillings and coatings that have been previously made on your teeth cannot be whitened in this way, their colors remain the same…
Can the whitening process be applied to everyone?
Teeth whitening treatment can be applied to almost everyone.
However, since there are not enough studies on pregnant or breastfeeding mothers and children, bleaching treatment is not applied to these patients in our clinic.
Success may not be achieved in a group of approximately 10% of patients.
For this reason, it would be useful to ask the opinion of an experienced dentist who provides whitening services.
Why are some people’s teeth gray or dark yellow?
Tooth color differs from person to person, just like eye or skin color.
There are many factors that affect tooth color, these are:
It may be due to hereditary factors, external factors (such as tea, coffee, cigarettes), staining, antibiotics or fluoride taken during the developmental period, old age, diet, and a blow to the tooth.
Will the teeth go back to their original shape after whitening?
In 75% of patients who underwent bleaching treatment, there is no reversal. However, in the 25% group who said that there was a change, the whiteness that appeared after the first application is regained by applying only one night in every 6 months.
What should be considered during the treatment?
During the bleaching process, if you smoke, you should not smoke while the carrier cup-mold is in your mouth.
In addition, foods that can cause discoloration on the teeth (such as tea-coffee, cola drinks, etc.) should not be taken.
Sensitivity, which is the most common problem during treatment, has decreased considerably thanks to the developing drugs.
Sensitivity, which can be seen in 5 – 15% of patients, is described as glare in the cold, and swelling of the tongue and lips can also be seen.
However, it disappears within a few days.
Is the whitening process harmless?
Various studies have proven that some teeth whitening agents do not cause any permanent damage.
However, higher concentrations – especially for sensitivity – should be used with caution.