Teeth whitening procedure can restore the natural colour of teeth, or make them even brighter than they have ever been. This can be achieved in a completely safe way using modern materials. Teeth whitening is one of the most common treatments in aesthetic dentistry. Even in ancient Rome, people tried to keep the whiteness of their smile using goat milk and urine.
A detailed dental examination of the entire oral cavity is necessary before the treatment. It is essential to treat any gum tissue inflammation, dental caries or other oral cavity diseases before embarking on a teeth whitening treatment.
Active component of all teeth whitening products is carbamide peroxide. There are two main methods of teeth whitening:
a. At-home night whitening
Based on the impression of the patient’s teeth taken at the dentist’s office, a mouthpiece tray is made in which the patient puts the whitening material and wears it at night while sleeping, for 10-14 days. The material used in our office has 16% carbamide peroxide concentration.
b. In-office whitening
If you do not want to wait for two weeks for a new smile, there is a solution for you too. In our office, under the supervision of a skilled doctor, it is possible to whiten your teeth in just one hour applying a solution with high concentration of carbamide peroxide. In Dentalux, we use a whitening agent with a 30% carbamide peroxide content.
Possible side effects that may occur during and after the teeth whitening treatment are:
– A temporary increase in tooth sensitivity- occurs in 5% of patients during the treatment and disappears after the cessation of the use of whitening solution
– White stains on teeth – rarely occur and disappear a few days or weeks after the treatment
– Temporary gum inflammation – results from inadequate use of whitening agents
All side effects, if they occur, are temporary and transient
The results of teeth whitening last for a long time, but to keep your teeth perfectly white, you need to avoid coffee, cigarettes, and colored food and beverages and to repeat the treatment every 2 or 3 years.