Tooth Whitening Makeover

Tooth whitening procedures can improve someone’s visual appeal more than the majority of other beauty treatments.

The main things we look at when talking with each other are the eyes and mouth. And both can make us look older or younger than we actually are.

As we progress in years, our teeth normally become discolored and stained from food, coffee, tea, smoking and many other environmental influences. So, if your teeth are in good condition, whitening them is a very effective way that can make people ask what you’ve done to look younger.

There are several different ways to whiten teeth. In this article, we will discuss starting with your nearby dentist.

You may prefer to find a cosmetic dentist, but most general dentists will be just fine, too.

That’s because all cosmetic dentists are general dentists first and all general dentists are trained in cosmetic dentistry. After all, teeth are a mix of both form and function, right?

Ok, you were able to find a conveniently located dentist and tell them you need whiter teeth. Here are a couple of likely scenarios that you’d encounter.

After the initial exam (and hopefully, cleaning), they’d either give you a follow-up appointment for another day, or if they could fit you in right then, they would probably:

First, make an impression or mold of your teeth. This mold is used to make a reproduction of your teeth, which is then used to create a custom tray that fits perfectly over your teeth.

One tray is created for the upper teeth and one for the lower teeth. Once these custom whitening trays are made, some additional options are then available.

The first is probably the most common: The dentist or technician adds bleaching gel inside each tray and places them on your teeth to perform the first whitening session on the spot.

Of course, if your teeth haven’t been professionally cleaned, they will have to undergo that procedure before bleaching can occur. In order for the whitening chemicals to be fully effective, all tartar, stain and plaque must be removed from the surface of the enamel first.

Some techniques include shining a high-intensity ultraviolet light on the teeth, to increase the speed of the chemical reaction and the depth of penetration. Others now include the use of a laser.

The second common option is when the dentist trys the trays in your mouth to make sure they fit, and if so, provides instructions and enough bleaching gel for you to do it yourself at home, at your convenience.

Normally, multiple sessions will be necessary. The dentist may have you come to their clinic or have you do it at home, depending on your respective preferences.

Within approximately two sessions using custom bleaching trays and professional strength whitening gel there will be a noticeable change in the color of your teeth.

The main ingredient in all these chemical teeth whitening products is either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, which effectively whiten the enamel.

Both peroxides are strong oxidizers in the proper professional concentrations – normally 20 to 30 percent. And both work to not only bleach the outer surfaces of the teeth, but also seep into the tiny cracks in the enamel that develop and pick up stain as we get older.

Only a penetrating material like peroxide bleaching liquids and gels, sometimes intensified with UV lights, can reach and lighten the inside of the enamel without mechanical grinding.

And tooth brushing has no effect against these internal stains.

Fortunately, it’s not a major undertaking to keep our teeth looking young and healthy by bleaching them every few months.

And if you are doing the whitening at home, remember you’re using powerful chemicals{!} If your dentist says no longer than 20 minute sessions, don’t go beyond that.

Too much exposure to the industrial strength peroxide can irritate the nerve of the tooth as well as the surrounding gums.