Dreaming for that white and bright smile like one of those Hollywood stars but you wonder why your teeth are yellow despite regular brushing habits?In fact, food and beverages we take in daily or habits like smoking causes discoloration (a.k.a. staining), which makes your teeth to appear yellow. Certain staining can’t be removed with merely brushing with toothpaste, this is where tooth whitening treatment comes into picture. There is now laser whitening or ‘power whitening’. During this procedure a rubber dam is put over your teeth to protect the gums, and a bleaching product is painted onto your teeth. Then a light or laser is shone on the teeth to activate the chemical. The light speeds up the reaction of the whitening product and the colour change can be achieved more quickly.
In general, there are two types of tooth whitening treatment:
In Office Whitening
- The treatment is performed by our dentists in the clinic. Whitening materialwith a high concentration will be used to produce more effective and predictable outcomes. You can observe instant results of the whitening once the bleaching material are removed from your teeth, however the results may vary in different individuals. Due to the chemical properties of the bleaching material used, they require professional handling to avoid harm to your surrounding tissues, so only certified and well-trained dentists are allowed to perform such clinical task. Hence, it is important to avoid going to unlicensed “beauticians” for such treatment.
- Patients are provided with a home whitening kit consisting of custom-made trays and whitening material. The whitening material are manufactured at a much lower concentration, hence it is safe to use at home at your own convenience.Due to that, it will not be as predictable as the in-office treatment which you can appreciate the whitening results immediately. You may have to repeat the treatment several times to get your desired results.
- The home whitening kit is simple to use: whitening material are dispensed onto the custom-made trayswhich are then worn and fitted on your teeth.
You may experience teeth sensitivity after both procedures, but it is only temporary and using desensitizing toothpaste should help.
Do also note that the bleaching product only works on the outer layer of your teeth called ‘enamel’, therefore teeth whitening may not work if the staining is incorporated deep within the inner layer of your teeth called ‘dentin’, where other treatment options will be suggested to you as mentioned later.
In ST Tiew Dental Clinics, our dentists will assess your condition and severity of the staining to provide advice on which whitening systems are more suitable for you.