Stains and discolouration of teeth can put a dent on the self-esteem of some. Having stain-free teeth can add to one’s confidence. There are many reasons for discolouration of teeth or the appearance of stains on them. Regular tobacco chewing, smoking, higher intake of tea, coffee, wine, carbonated drinks etc. can lead to stains on the surface of the teeth. Excess fluoride in water, poor oral hygiene and even after-effects of some medicines may tend to remove the natural shade on the teeth and cause discolouration. Teeth whitening helps improve the colour of teeth. The teeth whitening process is done with bleaching that uses gels and whitening agents. These, along with hydrogen peroxide, causes oxidation that removes stains from the teeth.
- As teeth whitening is a non-painful procedure, anesthetic is not necessary.
- Whitening gel is applied to the teeth.
- The teeth are exposed to the light falling from the chairside lamp. The light falling on the whitening gel activates the hydrogen peroxide leading to oxidation.
- At Medstar, Flashlight Whitening Gel and Flashlight Chairside Whitening Lamp or Zoom Whitening Gel and Zoom Advanced Power Chairside Lamp are used for this purpose.
- In some cases, laser teeth whitening can also be used instead of whitening gels.
- Once the teeth whitening process is over, the anti-sensitivity gel is applied for protection.
Dr. Mohammed Ziad
Dr. Firas Osman
Specialist Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon,
Which teeth whitening is the best?
The selection of the best teeth whitening system is determined by the dentist. After examination of your teeth, the dentist will tell you about the whitening option best suited for you.
Are our teeth whitening systems safe?
Yes, teeth whitening systems are safe. The dentist will take the necessary precautions before and after the teeth whitening procedure to ensure no or minimum complications of the procedure.
How much teeth whitening cost?
The cost of teeth whitening depends upon the teeth whitening option you are opting for and the dental office providing the service.
What teeth whitening works?
All latest teeth whitening system, either Zoom or Flash or laser, is effective in giving the results desired by the patient.
Which teeth whitening kit is the best?
The teeth whitening results are based on the factors like stain density, the habit of consuming pigmented drinks or food and smoking or tobacco chewing. We recommend you consult the dentist before deciding on a home or in-office teeth whitening procedure.
Will teeth whitening remove stains?
Yes, teeth whitening will remove the stains. And to maintain the whiteness of teeth, customized take-home trays are provided to the patient and advised to avoid the pigmented drinks and food.
Will teeth whitening damage my teeth?
No, teeth whitening will not damage your teeth. But you might feel mild sensitivity for which you will be advised to use anti-sensitivity toothpaste before and after the teeth whitening.
Why teeth whitening doesn’t work?
This is a problem faced by in-home users of teeth whitening kits. In-home teeth whitening kits contain only 10% hydrogen peroxide. 10% hydrogen oxide is not efficient in most cases of teeth whitening. So it is recommended to consult the dentist before opting for any teeth whitening kit.
Why teeth whitening causes sensitivity?
The process of teeth whitening opens up the pores of enamel to remove stains. So opened enamel pores cause sensitivity. But in advanced teeth whitening systems anti-sensitivity gel is applied as soon as the teeth whitening is completed to close the enamel pores. Hence reducing the sensitivity.
Which teeth whitening is safe?
Teeth whitening systems are safe unless the necessary precautions are followed. Sometimes the use of in-home teeth whitening kits without consulting the dentist can result in damage to gums and tongue and extreme tooth sensitivity.