Teeth Whitening

Bleaching is one of the most commonly sought elective dental procedures to brighten a smile. It is a simple, fast and effective treatment to change darker shades into lighter ones. This process is most non-invasive with pleasant cosmetic results.

Our teeth become stained and darken in colour as we age. Coffee, tea, cigarettes etc. will hasten this process.Human teeth are inherently yellow from the start and only get worsened with time. The whitening process will not lighten the tooth colored fillings or porcelain or acrylic crowns.

DENTAL DISCOLORATION CAN BE CLASSIFIED AS

Extrinsic Stain: Oral habits such as tobacco chewing, smoking, colored beverages, poor oral hygiene and betel nut chewing cause this type of stain.

Intrinsic Stain: May be caused due to hypo-calcification during tooth formation, which leads to discoloration ranging from discreet light yellow spots to dark brown areas. Certain drugs like tetracycline or minocycline when administered at the time of formation of the dentition can cause these intrinsic stains.

Extrinsic strains are better managed by bleaching as compared to the intrinsic stains.

CONTRA INDICATION FOR BLEACHING

• Severe enamel loss.
• Fluorosis leading to mottling of enamel.
• Developmental defects in enamel formation.
• Possible side effects include increased sensitivity to cold during the treatment, tongue and lip soreness and possible throat irritation. These side effects generally resolve in one to three days after the completion of the treatment.

POST BLEACHING INSTRUCTIONS

• Avoid food or liquid that may stain the tooth structure in future.
• Maintain proper fluid intake to cope with dehydration of the tooth surface.