Dental bleaching (teeth whitening) is the whitening process applied to make the teeth whiter and apparently more beautiful. It can lighten the color of yellow teeth, which have lost their natural color, by several tones.
Common causes of teeth whitening include residues that are placed in the lower layers of tooth enamel due to drinks and snacks, yellowing due to smoking, and fillers.
Teeth Whitening: Procedures
There are two main procedures in the field of teeth whitening, depending on the application difference.
• Power Bleaching: It is known as office-type teeth whitening. Its application takes place with the help of a whitening gel and a special light. It is a fast and effective method that can whiten teeth up to 3-4 tons in a short time.
- • Home Bleaching: First, an oral measurement is taken. It is a whitening process using gels in plastic mouthpieces that are specialized for each patient. The targeted level is reached in about 1 week. It is necessary to wear it for an average of 5-7 hours a day. This time may vary depending on the color and gel.
Teeth Whitening: Care
A patient who has applied teeth whitening should first be examined by a specialist 2 or 3 times. The dentist takes an impression of the teeth to make a mouth guard, then tells the patient how to use it with the whitening gel.
The patient needs to use the mouth guard and whitening gel regularly for several weeks. Some whitening gels can be effective for up to 8 hours at a time, which can shorten the treatment schedule.
The results obtained with the teeth whitening process may vary depending on the tooth structure of the person. Its effects last between 6 months and 2 years on average. Of course, this period depends on how well the person adheres to the measures for care. The patient should avoid substances that discolor the teeth during whitening and for at least two weeks after the procedure.
It is also recommended to avoid acidic and tannin-containing foods and drinks. For example:
- • Coffee,
- • Black tea,
- • Wine,
- • Fizzy drinks (especially dark and light-colored ones)
- • Fruits,
- • Some sauces.