ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TEETH WHITENING
Why do my teeth turn yellow?
Teeth inevitably begin to turn yellow with age, which keeps bothering everyone whenever they look at the mirror.
Where does this yellow colour come from?
This is because of various reason as listed below:
The outer layer of teeth is called enamel which is naturally white in colour, due to wear of enamel the colour changes from white to yellow exposing the underlying dentin.
Yellow staining of teeth is also influenced by dietary habits. Intake of beverage, acidic food, coffee, tea etc... might also stain your teeth and bring it to an unpleasant look.
Your habits are always reflected in a dentist mouth mirror, yes it’s true, tobacco chewing, smoking, pan chewing, betel nut chewing etc… also play a role in discoloration of your teeth.
Certain medications like tetracycline medications, consumption of certain antibiotics, excessive fluoride Ingestion etc might also result in tooth discolouration.
HOW TO GET RID OF THIS DISCOLORATION
It is mandatory for everyone to go for a scaling before going for teeth whitening. Once your scaling is done. Teeth whitening procedure can be started. You can get it done either in dental clinic or at home when there is mild discoloration or when patient has no time for dental visit. In home technique where the patient can wear the tray to the teeth along with the whitening agent overnight, whereas the procedure in dental clinic will be done by applying the whitening agent and using high intensity blue light to activate the whitening agent. It may take single sitting or multiple sitting depending upon the shade. The darker the tooth to be whitened the longer the time needed hence it may take multiple sittings. It is a painless procedure. Lasers are also being used in recent advancement. Only difference between laser and manual bleaching is effectiveness and cost which is high in laser.
POST TREATMENT PRECAUTIONS
After the procedure it's better to avoid coloured liquids and use of tobacco for a week. Followed by maintaining it by proper brushing twice daily.
IS TEETH WHITENING SAFE?
The answer is yes, many research work and clinical study under the supervision of dentist has been proven that teeth whitening is safe . Teeth whitening is not recommended for children under 13 years and pregnant or lactating women.
So, don’t feel down to tell your dentist that your teeth has been discoloured. Because smile is the beautiful thing that u can carry wherever you go.