While there are a plethora of advertisements today for over-the-counter products to self-bleach or whiten your teeth at home, there still remains several reasons why you may want to visit your dentist to have your teeth whitening done “in-office.” Of course, your dentist should make sure that your teeth are healthy before starting any kind of whitening treatment.
If you have any tooth decay or infected gums, teeth bleaching is not usually recommended. Furthermore, if the original color of your teeth is grayish, then home bleaching kits are not going to be effective Your dental professional can make you custom bleaching trays that usually achieve much better results. Also, traditional whiteners won’t work on teeth that have already undergone some dental procedures such as wherever bonding has been applied or where there are tooth-colored fillings; in such a case, porcelain veneers applied to the front of your teeth may serve as an alternative option.
Sometimes when a tooth has undergone a root canal, it becomes discolored when the internal structure of the tooth (dentin) is stained by blood or other fluids. External bleaching only brightens the outside of the teeth. However, your dentist can perform “internal” bleaching that cleans, seals and fills the root canal channel with a peroxide gel that works inside the tooth.
Light energy is used by dentists today to speed up the process of bleaching in the dental office. A resin-based barrier is first painted on the gums to prevent chemical irritation to the mucous membranes before a peroxide whitening gel is applied and exposed to light. With recent technological advances, most teeth whitening or bleaching treatments can be done in one relatively brief office visit.
Posted on behalf of Toothmasters
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