Do you have that friend who grins to reveal discoloured teeth? Yellow, maybe? Even though it might not be a pleasant sight to the eye, yet, one should understand that one need not live with discoloured teeth. Just like you can get your skin bleached, you can do the same to your teeth too!
The culprit behind such oddly-coloured teeth are many, From being natural in people, to changing colour because of lifestyle choices, teeth can change their colours due to several reasons.
While the first stage of correction would be making changes in lifestyle choices, another hassle-free way is to get your teeth bleached.
Surprisingly, in medical terms, there are differences between bleaching and whitening. Bleaching means the application of whitening effect which is more than the natural colour of the teeth. Whitening, on the other hand, is conducted by removing excess dirt and discolouration on the surface of the teeth by cleaning methods and restoring the surface colour of the teeth.
Most people though, opt for these kind of methods, as it sees them achieve moderate or even substantial improvements on their unhappy colour, and in a sense broadens their smile. The value of whitening or bleaching teeth is appreciated by women and men alike, as this method comes in a variety of quality based and cost-based criteria.
Meaning a more expansive, efficient way, and people shall be willing to spend money and take it as an investment. While those who cannot afford the expensive methods tend to take up budget solutions which may not have the prolonged, desired effects but gets the work done, albeit only for the short term.
But mind the facts, bleaching or whitening does not represent a permanent solution for teeth discolouration.
An Examination of Enamel
As we develop teeth early on, they are sparkling white, all thanks to the enamel surface. Tooth enamel is designed in a way to protect the teeth from the varied effects caused due to chewing, gnashing, trauma or acid attacks like in the case of sugar consumption. As years pass by, the enamel wears down to expose dentin, which is the core material of the tooth, becoming more transparent and this showing off the yellow colour of the same. As a result, the teeth, not as it was before once, portrays a rather unwanted tone for itself and to many, it seems unattractive.
Other causes include smoking, food habits and a lack of maintenance. These factors lead the way for exposure to unwanted foreign substances which further decay and aid in the disappearance of its natural colour.
What are the options for bleaching or whitening?
In the medical side of things today, there are three types of options made available. All the three variants rely on varying concentrations of peroxide, with their different application methodology. To choose from the options, first it’s necessary to know the level of whitening required, along with understanding the amount of damage the teeth have gone through, and finally what is the budget for the same? This bit of information will be accurate only if you consult a dentist.
The first method is popularly known as the in-office whitening method. In this, a relatively high-concentration peroxide gel would be applied on to the teeth by the dentist only after making protective arrangements for the gum area. The peroxide is let to remain on in 15 to 20-minute intervals, eventually achieving the desired colour. This method is expensive and is preferable for those with particularly stubborn staining. Depending on the person and the condition of the teeth, it could be done in one sitting or at times takes multiple sittings.
Then there are these professionally dispensed take-home kits, which the dentists often recommend for long-term results. These kits have a low concentration of peroxide gel. The lesser the peroxide contents, the more it becomes safer for the teeth, as well as a longer durational result for the person using them. These kits come at an expensive cost, but much inexpensive than the in-office method.
These are the cheapest and convenient options for teeth whitening. The over-the-counter style bleaching includes a store-bought whitening kit, with a bleaching gel of lower peroxide contents compared to the take-home kits. In the other two methods, the entire tray of teeth gets whitened or bleached, while in this process, most likely only the front set is bleached. These are by far the cheapest among the rest.
In the end though, as satisfying the results may seem there is still no guarantee as to a timeline for the effects to stay. There are several risks involved, but most importantly it’s advisable to consult your dentist on the dos’ and don’ts of these methods before you opt for one.
About Dr. Gowtham Kattamuri
Dr. Gowtham has done his BDS from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in 2006 and MDS – Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics from Dr. MGR Medical University in 2010. He is a skilled Endodontist with an experience of over 10 years. Dr. Gowtham is specialized in replacement of teeth, Dental Implants, prosthetics for maxillofacial defects such as artificial eye, ear, nose and orbital defects, Smile Makeovers with laminates, Zirconia, veneers metal free ceramics. He also performs general dental procedures such as restorations and extractions. He also is trained as an International Patient Coordinator.
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