Tooth whitening is one of the most popular processes in aesthetic dentistry.
It is a completely safe, low-cost process which helps to change the color of the teeth, significantly improving their aesthetic appearance.
The external surface of the tooth is called enamel. Over time, a thin layer is formed on that surface, where stains and discolorations easily appear. The most common reasons for external discolorations are age, smoking, consumption of soft drinks, wine, tea and coffee. However, such discolorations may also appear on the inner side of the teeth.
A glowing white smile is a sign of youth, health and well-being. A bright smile improves confidence and affects our professional success. Bleaching can give us a child-healthy smile or glowing white teeth, blessing us with a charming smile that will surely turn heads.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Absolutely. Very rarely, after bleaching some “patients” experience a certain discomfort, a feeling of “freezing” in their teeth or sore gums. If this happens to you (usually in cases of home bleaching), the doctor will perform fluoridation. He/she may also suggest a special toothpaste for relief. Whatever the case, the symptoms disappear quickly.
The result is obvious from the very first daily applications. Over time, the color improves and stabilizes once it peaks. The final color of the teeth after bleaching is not the same for everyone. It depends on the person’s age, on how dark the teeth are when the treatment begins and whether the teeth have a yellow or greyish tint. Our goal is to get the lightest possible shade, which is usually achieved once the dogtooth has the same color as the rest of the front teeth. The result lasts for up to five years, gradually fading.Bad oral habits (intense smoking, consumption of large quantities of coffee, red wine, etc.) reduces the duration of the result.This is why we recommend shorter interim doses (lasting few hours) every one or two years, to keep your smile shining and white for many years.
Are there any side effects? Does bleaching cause damage to the surface of the teeth?
When done with the guidance of an experienced dentist, teeth whitening is a completely safe procedure. The whitening gel does not damage the surface of the teeth; instead, it penetrates it and targets coloring agents.What is more, the new materials are enriched with protective substances such as fluoride, which enhance the defense mechanism of the teeth. Although the side effects of bleaching are rare, some patients (less than 7 %) have teeth which are likely to become more sensitive for a short period of 2-3 days. It is also likely to cause a temporary slight irritation of the gums in less than 1 % of the patients.
Although there was bias in the past, current research has shown that bleaching agents do not destroy the tooth enamel. However, during application you may get chemical burns on your gums, tongue or lips. In the unlikely event that this happens in the clinic (only because of incorrect handling), the discomfort subsides within a few hours. Although unusual, you may feel irritation in your teeth during bleaching. In that case, the procedure is immediately terminated and the doctor tries to find the cause of the discomfort. Fluorination before bleaching eliminates the possibility of this happening.
We get the expected results in 90 % of the cases. Of course, as in all types of aesthetic interventions, your expectations from bleaching must be realistic. Besides, a perfectly white color is not necessarily the right option for every mouth. For instance, the color of the skin is a significant factor for choosing a white tone.
Bleaching may cause a temporary increase in the temperature, pressure and sensitivity of the teeth. This sensitivity does not last more than one to two days. In special cases, such phenomena may persist for up to a month. It is not a common phenomenon, but even if this is happens, there is a way to stop it either with fluoridation, with a special desensitizing gel, using a toothpaste with potassium nitrate suitable for sensitive teeth, or by administering a painkiller like Depon immediately after bleaching.