Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening in Crawley 

Teeth whitening is a safe, effective way to brighten your smile and increase your confidence by making teeth look brighter and healthier. Teeth can discolor for a number of reasons including smoking, coffee, red wine, certain medications or trauma. Whitening uses a gentle chemical process to eliminate unsightly stains and dullness.

Teeth Whitening

Every person wishes for a set of bright, white and healthy teeth for it seems that regular brushing and flossing, are inadequate to give them the teeth they want. Their smile seems to lack some sparkle or the teeth look more yellowish than before. In fact, 90% of dental patients asked by the American Association of Orthodontists requested for whiter teeth.

Why your teeth become yellow?

Though it is not an urgent dental condition, yellow teeth can cause you to lose your confidence and the willingness to give that nice warm smile. These are the 10 causes of why your teeth are yellowish:

1. Genetic reasons – Tooth color sometimes is hereditary. If any of your family members has yellowish teeth, you are likely to have similar hue in your teeth.

2. Dentin - This deep yellow to brownish material is under the enamel of your teeth that you see your teeth yellowish when you look in the mirror.

3. Wear and tear -Teeth ultimately turn yellow as you get older, when the enamel is eroded due to chewing and exposure to acids from food, drink, and aging.

4. Smoking – Due to smoking, the nicotine develops an unhealthy addiction and leaves your teeth with yellowish or brownish surface stains.

5. Foods – These types of foods caused teeth to stain as berries, curry spices and tomatoes in pasta sauce for their pigments cling to tooth enamel and stain the surface.

6. Drinks – Two most common causes of yellow teeth are coffee and tea, count in red, white, dark and light sodas including sports drinks with artificial flavoring.

7. Antibiotics – The tetracycline of antibiotics stain teeth as they are developing in the gums

8. Fluorosis – Fluoride benefits teeth but an overdose causes the development of yellow or brownish yellow spots called fluorosis.

9. Accidents – Physical trauma and accident impact can crack tooth enamel and damage its interior causing discoloration.

10. Tooth grinding, also called bruxism, is an unconscious habit done by some stressed people while asleep. The teeth are weakened and cracked with the tendency of turning yellowish.

Everybody loves white teeth

Teeth are not naturally white; however, some people have teeth which are nearer to white than others. It is natural for people to want white teeth like those smiling celebrities on popular magazines’ covers. People always want anything appealing, such as a vibrant smile or beautiful figure. With white dazzling teeth, you look healthier and younger adding more attraction in your winsome smile.

What Tooth Whitening Is?

Teeth whitening is a procedure done to whiten discolored teeth where the discoloration is 'whitened' and turn to a much lighter shade after by staining agent is eliminated by using chemicals. Under the guidance of the dentist, the process is safe. The success of the treatment is dependent upon the gravity of the discoloration. The whitening agent can bleach both vital or live teeth as well as non-vital teeth with removed tooth root. Several applications are repeated to complete the whitening, however, dental restorations are ineffective when used on amalgam fillings, metal or porcelain crowns, etc.

Two types of teeth whitening

There are two types of teeth whitening that used peroxide-based bleaching agents: the first type is the at-home systems that contain from 3% to 20 bleach while the second type is the in-office systems that contain from 15% to 43% peroxide.

1. In-Office Tooth Whitening

The procedure is performed by your dentist, it is done faster as your teeth become brighter. The whitening solution is often much stronger than the one contained in the at-home kits. To intensify the whitening process, the dentist uses heat, light or a combination of both.

The result of successful whitening makes the teeth brighter from at least three to eight shades and it requires only 30 to 60-minutes application daily. In the in-office-visit. some dentists have also used procedures that are done only once in a 2-hour appointment. The cost differs but it is within the range from £500 to £1,000.

2. At-Home Teeth Bleaching Options

Here is the most common procedure for the at-home bleaching:

*Tooth whitening gels and strips are used. The gel or thin strip with the peroxide-based tooth bleaching products is applied directly to the teeth. For the next 10 to 14 days, apply the teeth whitener once or twice daily. You enjoy the result for the next four or more months and the cost varies from £10 to £55.

*A system using based tooth bleaching tray – Fill the mouth guard-like tray with a gel or paste that contains peroxide-based bleach and place over the teeth for one hour or several hours daily up to a month or four weeks. This tray-based tooth whitening systems are available OTC or you can have one custom-fitted by your dentist. The price can range from £150 to £600.

*Tooth whitening toothpaste is mild abrasive toothpaste that eliminates teeth stains. The advantage is that they also contain certain agents or chemicals that polished the teeth without the aid of a bleaching agent. It is relatively inexpensive and when used will brighten teeth by about one shade. Some have peroxide contents, but they are not long lasting enough to leave a whitening benefit.

Avoid these foods and beverages

Whatever teeth whitening you are using, you can help yourself maintain and enhance the results by daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing. You should also stop eating acidic and tannin-rich foods, as well as, beverages:

1. Candy and sweets like caramel, chewing gum, hard candy, lemon drops or even a popsicle for whatever changes the color of your tongue can also stain your teeth

2. Coffee darkens your teeth as its pigments can embed in the cracks and ridges of your teeth and if not properly eliminated can cause permanent, yellowing stains on your teeth.

3. Fruits such as all kinds of berries and other brightly colored fruits can stain teeth. You have also to include juices in cans, as well as pies made from them.

4. Red wine is an acidic drink known for its dark, rich color can discolor your teeth, as well as white wine which is even more acidic.

5. Sauces may be tasty, but deeply colored sauces – like curry, soy, and tomato --, also cause stains.

6. Soda, cola, and other carbonated drinks can lead to serious stains that even include light-colored drinks. They also contain chemicals that add flavor but can erode your enamel.

7. Sports energy drinks can also stain your teeth for they wear away the enamel and set the stage for stains.

8. Although, drinking tea is healthy, however, but does help keep white teeth. In fact, dentists claim that basic black tea variety is the source of more stains compared to the ones from coffee.

What your dentist will tell you about teeth whitening

Tooth bleaching causes temporary sensitivity or uncomfortable sensation for most people who already have sensitive teeth. Hence, home kits must be used carefully for it can cause burns or even temporarily bleached the gums.

Tooth-whitening is right for people with yellow teeth but less effective for people with brown teeth. For teeth that are gray or purple, no amount of bleaching will turn them white.

To guarantee that tooth-whitening is worth your time and money, consult your dentist before using any kind of over-the-counter tooth whitening kit.

Facts about teeth whitening

Your teeth are an absorbent that acts like a sponge

The pores of your teeth act like your skin as they absorb anything colorful inside your mouth. The best staining agents for your teeth are foods and drinks like coffee, wine, dark berries, and smoking cigarettes. After eating or drinking them, they make the natural color of your teeth darker and the stains stay until actively eliminated. Teeth whitening gel is formulated to work as it is absorbed into your teeth and it gently drives out stains through the pores.

Teeth whitening not damaging to your teeth

Excessive brushing of your teeth is an abuse that is surely damaging. However, if instructions are followed to the letter, professional teeth whitening is safe for it will only whiten teeth nothing more. Active ingredients will enter the open pores temporarily the pores in your teeth and eliminate stains. Your teeth will normally rehydrate and remineralize following the process.

The key to teeth whitening success is the delivery of its active device.

Similar active ingredients are used by almost all teeth whitening products for sale. they only differ on the type of device used to deliver the whitening agent to the tooth. Your best option is to use the truly custom-fitted whitening tray that guarantees the coverage of all angles of the teeth whether straight or not, every tooth receives the same coverage that is even and consistent. The best guarantee in an authentic teeth whitening is to utilize only the fitted whitening trays. The results from other delivery devices used like bits and trays, UV lights and whitening strips do not offer the same results.

Teeth whitening using laser or UV light is only temporary.

Using the frequency of light from the ultra-violet (UV) accelerates the whitening gel to act faster. As an FDA regulated process, it is offered only under dentist supervision. The results are only temporary for it requires continued maintenance of custom-fitted whitening trays or repeats dental visits. This process is both time-consuming and expensive.

Stains on teeth cannot be removed overnight.

There is no magic product that immediately removes teeth stain and whitens teeth pronto. It is chemically impossible for any whitening agent to speedily penetrate deep enough into the teeth. Around 4 days or up to several months are needed for the whitening process to start and complete its work. Patience is needed for clients to wait for the process as whitening sessions must be repeated to remove years of stains. As soon as stains are removed, it is incredibly easy to maintain.

Do not whiten caps and veneers

The color of your teeth is matched by artificial caps and veneers; for material colors are unchangeable. Caps and veneers will not become whiter, but they can never be stained, and they are not damaged by teeth whitening.

Whiten your teeth just before bedtime

After teeth are whitened, they are still susceptible to restraining because the pores are slightly open and can easily allow the entry of stains. Professionals recommend that the proper time to whiten teeth is before prior to bedtime as it reduces the possibility for staining and gives your teeth the chance to start rehydrating and remineralizing. For the faster remineralizing process, use a desensitizing gel to nourish and replenish teeth.

Not all teeth can become perfectly white

With or without teeth stain, the natural color and genetic makeup of every person’s teeth is determined at birth. The only purpose of any whitening product is to remove those ugly stains that have accumulated over time. Contact bdentalcare for expert advice on Teeth Whitening.