Teeth can become discolored over time for various reasons, such as the choice of foods, tobacco use, and other dental habits. These factors make your teeth less bright, affecting your smile and lowering your confidence. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers numerous teeth whitening options that can help brighten your smile and restore self-esteem.
Table of Contents
- 1 What is Teeth Whitening?
- 2 Causes of Teeth Discoloration
- 3 Types of Teeth Stains
- 4 Who should get teeth whitening treatment?
- 5 Teeth Whitening Treatment Techniques
- 6 Teeth Whitening Before and After Images
- 8 How much does it cost to whiten teeth?
- 9 How long does teeth whitening last?
- 10 How long after teeth whitening can I brush my teeth?
- 11 Should I brush my teeth before or after whitening?
- 12 How can I maintain my teeth whitening results?
- 13 What not to eat after whitening teeth?
- 14 Is tooth whitening bad for your teeth?
- 15 How long does the treatment take?
- 16 Does the treatment hurt?
- 17 Consult Our Dentists
What is Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening is a specialized procedure involving dental bleaching using hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. These bleaches decompose teeth stains into tiny fragments. As a result, the pigment of those stains becomes less concentrated, and the teeth become whiter.
Teeth can be whitened clinically or at home. Clinical teeth whitening typically involves dental bleaching using concentrated bleaching solutions. On the other hand, at-home teeth whitening involves using less concentrated versions of the same bleaching solutions.
Products that are commonly used for teeth whitening are:
Causes of Teeth Discoloration
Teeth may become discolored due to:
- Food and drinks: These include edibles and beverages known to cause teeth staining, such as tea, coffee, wine, sodas, and certain vegetables and fruits.
- Tobacco use: Chewing or smoking tobacco can cause teeth to discolor over time.
- Bad oral hygiene: Not adhering to the recommended routine of brushing, flossing, and rinsing can cause dental plaque to harden and turn into tartar – a yellow or dark-colored layer formed over the tooth surface.
- Diseases and treatments: Some health conditions and their treatments can affect the tooth enamel and underlying layers, causing teeth to lose their whiteness. For example, radiation therapy or chemotherapy are among the most infamous reasons for tooth discoloration. Moreover, certain infections developing during pregnancy can affect enamel re-mineralization, leading to tooth discoloration.
- Medications: Antibiotic medications, such as tetracycline and doxycycline, can cause staining in children whose teeth are not yet fully developed. Mouthwashes that contain chlorhexidine and cetylpyridinium chloride can discolor your teeth. Other drugs known to cause teeth staining are antihistamines, antipsychotic drugs, and medications to control high blood pressure.
- Dental materials: Dental amalgams are famous for their durability when used as restorations. However, most amalgams consist of silver sulfide, which gives a grey-black shade to the restored part of the tooth.
- Genetics: Some people inherit the thinness of tooth enamel. This thinness causes the underlying dentin layer – a yellower part of the tooth – to become visible through the enamel.
- Environment: Exposing your teeth to too much fluoride can cause yellow or darker stains on teeth. This fluoride-induced discoloration is known as fluorosis, a condition that mainly affects tooth enamel color.
- Trauma: Trauma can disturb tooth enamel, causing the damaged teeth to become discolored.
Types of Teeth Stains
The three main types of teeth stains include:
- Extrinsic tooth discoloration: staining caused by external factors, i.e., the tooth’s exposure to a particular environment or contact with something not found naturally in our bodies
- Intrinsic tooth discoloration: discoloration due to something found naturally in our teeth or bodies
- Age-related discoloration: is actually caused by both thinning enamel and the accumulation of stains over time.
Who should get teeth whitening treatment?
The three most essential criteria you must meet to qualify for teeth whitening treatment include the following:
- Your teeth are free of cavities.
- You have healthy gum.
- You are above 16 years.
That said, this treatment is not for everyone. It is not generally recommended to the following individuals.
- Pregnant or nursing women
- People who have dental fillings, crowns, implants, or other restorations
- Patients with severe gum disease, cavities, and exposed tooth roots due to gum recession
- People who tend to show allergic reactions to peroxide or other whitening agents
- People who think they would get an unrealistically whitened smile
Teeth Whitening Treatment Techniques
At EuroMed Clinic Dubai, we combine teeth whitening best practices with the latest technology to help you get a bright smile. Here is a brief rundown of the teeth whitening techniques used at our clinic.
Laser Teeth Whitening
During Laser Teeth Whitening, a dentist applies a bleaching gel to your teeth and then directs a laser beam onto them, causing the gel to heat up. This activates the whitening agents in the gel, targeting the stain molecules. Laser teeth whitening is painless but may cause extra tooth sensitivity, which may last 24 hours.
Zoom Teeth Whitening
Zoom teeth whitening is an advanced tooth brightening procedure to reduce discoloration. During this procedure, the doctor applies Zoom peroxide gel to the teeth before exposing them to Zoom light. The Zoom light source is a specialized LED lamp that produces bright blue light. This activates peroxide on your teeth, prompting the whitening agents to decompose stains. This treatment takes less than an hour.
Home Teeth Whitening
Home Teeth Whitening is ideal for individuals requiring mild teeth bleaching. This treatment option consists of whitening trays and gels that you must apply to the teeth for a few days, according to the dentist’s instructions.
Teeth Whitening Before and After Images
How much does it cost to whiten teeth?
The average cost of teeth whitening in Dubai is 1500AED. And home teeth whitening treatments generally cost 750AED. The price of teeth whitening treatment usually depends on the treatment technique and the severity of stains.
How long does teeth whitening last?
Teeth whitening results generally last six months to three years, depending on the treatment technique and the person receiving the treatment. The treatment results will quickly fade if you smoke or drink alcohol, coffee, or tea. These items can stain your teeth pretty fast.
How long after teeth whitening can I brush my teeth?
It is generally advised not to brush your teeth for a few hours after whitening due to extra tooth sensitivity caused by the bleaching solution. Speak to your dentist when it is safe to brush after the treatment.
Should I brush my teeth before or after whitening?
Dentists generally recommend brushing your teeth before the whitening procedure to achieve the desired results. This helps remove plaque from teeth and ensures that the whitening agents get in close contact with the teeth’ surface.
How can I maintain my teeth whitening results?
You must stick to a good oral care regimen to maintain teeth whitening results. Make sure to brush and floss your teeth as recommended by your dentist. Moreover, avoid foods and other products known to have a teeth-staining effect. Also, avoid acidic foods as they can erode tooth enamel, reversing the whitening effect.
What not to eat after whitening teeth?
You will need to avoid eating or drinking the following products to maintain teeth-whitening results:
- Dark or strong-colored foods, such as coffee, tea, and tomato juice
- Acidic foods, such as colas and citrus fruit juices
- Foods with added colors
Is tooth whitening bad for your teeth?
In most cases, no. Teeth whitening is generally a safe procedure that gives you radiant teeth for months or even years. However, this procedure may become counterproductive in a few specific circumstances. For example, teeth whitening is not recommended for inflamed gum, as it can irritate gum tissues.
How long does the treatment take?
The teeth whitening procedure at a dentist’s office may take 30-60 minutes. Generally, only one teeth whitening session is enough to brighten a smile adequately. However, multiple sessions may be required to deal with severe discoloration.
Does the treatment hurt?
Teeth whitening treatments involve bleaching, which may cause sensitivity in your teeth. This sensitivity is generally tolerable and temporary.
Consult Our Dentists
A bright white smile is an invaluable facial feature that significantly improves your overall appearance. If you want a radiant smile through teeth whitening treatment, book a consultation at EuroMed Clinic Dubai by calling +971 4 394 5422 or filling out the form below.
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