To achieve a brighter smile, teeth whitening is a simple and affordable solution. This procedure can reduce discoloration and the yellowish appearance of the teeth, but how white are the teeth really?
Some products, according to their manufacturers, can reach up to nine shades more white, which is an exaggeration. Two or three shades are much more possible and mean a big change in a person’s smile.
It is also important to clarify that there is no uniformity in the color of the teeth, by nature. Normally the front teeth are whiter, and the molars are two shades darker. A realistic goal when whitening your teeth is to achieve a natural shade and maintain that appearance. On the other hand, the results of whitening depend on the structure of the teeth and the type of procedure.
Let’s think now: What is the reason for teeth discoloration? Let’s remember that age, chemical damage and wear contribute to discoloration, along with the consumption of tea, coffee, colas and cigarettes.
Other factors that affect the color of the teeth are genetics and disease. Some people naturally have varnish-colored teeth and the gene is passed on to their children. There may also be psychological factors, which merit a medical consultation to be well informed.
Whitening corrects discoloration by removing stains from the teeth, and there are several techniques for this, such as acid whitening, chemical whitening, abrasive whitening and laser whitening. Whitening is a chemical process for the dentist to lighten the color of the patient’s teeth. It can be applied in the clinic, the patient’s home or a combination of both. Home treatments are becoming more and more common, due to their comfort for patients.
The dentist first forms a mold of the patient’s teeth, to achieve a trace to follow. This calculates and controls the amount of bleach needed to achieve a uniform color. The requirements in terms of materials are relatively simple, the important thing is that the dentist informs the patient well and provides the necessary elements. If you are whitening at home, don’t hesitate to ask your dentist about any concerns. It is important that you are very sure of what you are doin
Normally, the mold with the whitening solution should be used during sleeping hours, or as indicated in the product instructions. As for the sessions, they can take from two to three hours, depending on the case. Either way, teeth whitening and smile care are becoming more affordable and accessible, so it’s always a good time.