Tooth Whitening


Tooth Whitening

How Is Teeth Whitening Procedure Performed?


There are two main modes of whitening: in-office dental whitening and at-home whitening. In both types of whitening, firstly, an intraoral examination of the person is performed, and if there is no obstacle to the procedure, it is decided which type of whitening will be performed. After giving a brief information about how to whiten teeth, we can talk about how teeth whitening is done and teeth whitening methods.


Teeth Whitening Methods


Teeth whitening methods vary. Teeth whitening procedures can be grouped under two headings as in-office dental whitening and at-home whitening


What is at-home whitening?


One of the most preferred teeth whitening procedure is at-home whitening. If at-home whitening is decided after the examination, impressions of the teeth are taken and  thin, transparent and completely covering trays are prepared in the laboratory. The patient applies gel to these trays as recommended by the dentist and the tray is placed on the teeth. In order not to damage the gums, the whitening gel should be applied in a controlled manner and the excess gel should be wiped off. The waiting time is approximately 5-7 hours. The number of applications depends on the doctor’s recommendation and it is very important to use it regularly during this period to get maximum results from the treatment. This is not at-home whitening method, it is a teeth whitening method that should be performed in the clinic. If you want to protect your dental health at home, we recommend you to use a dental care kit.


What is in-office dental whitening?


It is a whitening method procedure performed by the physician in the clinic. It is one of the most preferred tooth whitening procedures. After the teeth are dried, a protective gel is applied to the gums and frozen with the help of light so that the whitening agent does not damage them.. Then the whitening gel is applied to the facial surfaces of the teeth in a homogeneous distribution. Each company can develop different solutions in this regard.. Some products are waited for about 20-40 minutes. There are tooth whitening procedures  with and without light activation . In those activated by light, the teeth are exposed to light during this period. A laser can also be used as a light source. In the products that are activated without light, the use of light stands out because it will shorten the processing time. Depending on the desired result, the session can be repeated several times.


In this regard, the most preferred application among the different products developed in recent years is the dual gel application. Accordingly, two different gels that whiten and strengthen the teeth are mixed and applied together.In this context, it is possible to perform painless teeth whitening in a single session.


Not consuming foods and beverages containing coloring agents for 48 hours after the whitening procedure allows you to see its effect  in a shorter time. During this time, the whitening process continues, the coloring agents to be used may adversely affect this process. If there is intense sensitivity in the teeth after whitening procedure, fluoride treatment can also be performed. You have the chance to have an aesthetic smile after the whitening procedure. For those who search the fastest way to whiten teeth, we can recommend this procedure.


What Should Be Considered After Teeth Whitening?


Foods containing colouring substances should not be consumed for 2-3 days after whitening procedure. Acidic foods and drinks should be avoided for a few days after the procedure, acidic foods can cause damage to the teeth in this process.  Moreover, teeth should not be brushed thard for a few days after the teeth whitening procedure, if possible, gentle cleaning should be done with an extra soft toothbrush. If whitening toothpaste is to be used as an auxiliary product, it should be used one week after the procedure and once a day, and brushing should be continued with a normal toothpaste after meals. If tooth sensitivity occurs, it will be useful to use desensitising pastes. Fluoride Treatment can also be performed according to the condition of the teeth after the whitening process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you can find answers to the most curious questions about Teeth Whitening.

This is one of the most important questions in the minds of individuals who want to benefit from teeth whitening. The correct answer to this question is that teeth whitening will not harm the teeth if it is done in a controlled manner by following the steps mentioned above. However, if this application is performed uncontrollably on teeth with caries and developmental enamel defects without considering the structure of the teeth, it will damage the teeth.

It is wrong to apply tooth whitening procedure to patients younger than 16 years of age. In this period, the pulp chamber and the area where the dental nerves are located are the largest in patients. After tooth whitening procedure , the pulp becomes irritated and high sensitivity occurs. As a result, canal treatment is required.

All whitening gels cause more or less sensitivity in the teeth. Sensitivity of the teeth to cold-hot liquids and air may cause discomfort in individuals. This is a usual and normal side effect of this procedure. If the sensitivity does not disappear within 24-48 hours, the whitening process should be terminated. In case of such sensitivity, the fluoride to be applied by your dentist and the treatment creams that he will recommend to you will reduce this tooth sensitivity as much as possible. As another alternative to minimise sensitivity, toothpastes containing potassium nitrate can also be used. If you ask whether teeth whitening is harmful, we can say that there is no harm. Teeth whitening does not cause permanent damage or structural changes in your teeth.

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