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What is Teeth Whitening Bleaching?

Teeth whitening, also called bleaching, is an aesthetic dentistry procedure applied to remove discolouration and staining that occur in the enamel and dentin layer of the tooth due to various reasons and to bleach the tooth colour. It is possible to use scaling and polishing to remove the discolouration of the natural colour of the teeth. However, not all stains and discolourations can be removed by these procedures. In such cases, teeth whitening comes into play as an effective solution.

How Is Teeth Whitening Performed?

Teeth whitening can be done using different methods. Which method will be preferred is determined depending on patient-specific needs, the desired result and other factors.

Office Type Teeth Whitening

The method, also called "Office Bleaching", is applied by the dentist in a clinical environment. It provides fast and effective results. It is usually completed in 2 or 3 sessions of 15 minutes each. However, how many sessions the application will be completed may vary depending on the patient.

The first step of office type teeth whitening is scaling. Then, the desired tooth colour is determined by evaluating the patient's existing tooth colour. Teeth whitening gels with high whitening effect are used in the application, and a protective barrier is applied to the gums before the application to prevent damage to the soft tissues in the mouth.

Teeth whitening gel is applied to the teeth, laser or different light sources are used to activate it. After waiting for a certain period of time, it is checked how much whitening has occurred on the teeth. If the result obtained is not sufficient, the sessions are continued.

Home Teeth Whitening

"Home Bleaching", i.e. home-type teeth whitening method, is planned by the dentist specifically for the patient. However, it is applied by the patient at home. The patient's upper and lower jaw measurements are taken and teeth whitening trays are prepared. The teeth whitening gel and teeth whitening trays that will provide the most effective result are given to the patient and how the application will be done is explained.

In order for the home teeth whitening treatment to be successful, the patient should apply the treatment determined by the dentist regularly and completely. Care should be taken about the application time and the dose of tooth whitening gel to be used.

In home-type teeth whitening treatment, the patient puts the teeth whitening gel given by the dentist into the teeth whitening moulds and attaches the moulds to the teeth. Since it is more practical, it is generally preferred to wear teeth whitening moulds at night. In order to achieve faster results, care should be taken not to use more than the recommended dose of tooth whitening gel.

Combined Teeth Whitening

The combined application of office type and home type teeth whitening methods is called combined teeth whitening. In order to reinforce the results obtained by applying the office type teeth whitening method and to ensure that these results last longer, it may be preferred to support the process with the home type teeth whitening method. Generally, the application of the combined teeth whitening method may be considered in patients with severe discolouration problems.

Single Tooth Whitening

One of the factors that cause tooth discolouration is the death of the living tissue inside the tooth as a result of trauma or root canal treatment. When discolouration occurs in a single tooth, a single tooth whitening procedure is applied.

Within the scope of the single tooth whitening method, which is mostly preferred for teeth that have undergone root canal treatment and therefore discoloured, the filling inside the tooth is removed. Tooth whitening gel is placed in the opened cavity. The tooth is closed with a temporary filling. This process is continued until the desired whitening is achieved in tooth colour.

The permanence period of the results obtained with single tooth whitening treatment may vary depending on the frequency of consumption of foods and beverages that may cause discolouration on the teeth, smoking and various other factors. If deemed necessary, it may be possible to support the single teeth whitening method with 1 or 2 sessions performed in periods of 4 to 6 months. Thus, the permanence of the results obtained can be increased.

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Advantages of Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening treatment offers the opportunity to have a whiter and more impressive smile.
The self-confidence of people with white and bright teeth increases. It is possible to adopt a more confident attitude in business and social life relationships.
Thanks to teeth whitening, discolouration and staining caused by various reasons, especially food and drinks that cause discolouration on the teeth, can be removed. Thus, a healthier and cleaner appearance can be achieved.

Is Teeth Whitening Permanent?

How long the results obtained from teeth whitening application will be permanent may vary individually. The benefit to be obtained from teeth whitening and the permanence of the results depend not only on the structural features of the teeth, but also on how much care the patient takes to oral and dental health after teeth whitening.

At the same time, there are some points to be considered in order for the results obtained from teeth whitening to last longer. The most important of these is to limit the consumption of tea, coffee, cherry juice, red wine, caramel, tomato paste and similar foods and beverages that may cause discolouration on the teeth. In addition, oral and dental care routine should be applied correctly. Teeth should be brushed regularly, dental floss should be made a part of the oral care routine and regular dentist examinations should not be disrupted.

What are Teeth Whitening Techniques?

Various factors such as some foods and beverages consumed frequently in daily life, chlorine in drinking water, disorders that occur in the process of tooth formation during childhood, the effects of some antibiotics exposed in the womb or during infancy can cause tooth discolouration and staining.

While some people's tooth colour is naturally more yellow, some people's teeth may change colour due to excessive consumption of foods and beverages that cause discolouration. Regular brushing of the teeth is often not enough to eliminate the staining problem. In such cases, tooth whitening can be preferred as a functional and effective solution when the desired result cannot be obtained with toothpastes and polishers with whitening effect.

Teeth discolouration is categorised as internal discolouration and external discolouration, and how the teeth whitening application will be performed is determined accordingly. Teeth whitening treatment can be applied with different techniques such as home teeth whitening, office teeth whitening, combined teeth whitening and single teeth whitening.

The whitening technique to be applied to remove tooth discolouration is determined by the dentist for the patient. By applying the determined method, the patient can have whiter teeth.

How Long Does Teeth Whitening Take?

How many sessions and how long it takes to complete the office-type and home-type teeth whitening procedures may vary depending on the scope of the treatment to be applied and the level of discolouration in the patient's teeth. Office type teeth whitening is usually completed in 2 to 3 sessions.

Home-type teeth whitening is usually completed in a period of 2 to 3 weeks. It may be possible to complete the treatment in 10 to 15 days if the teeth whitening trays are used for 4 to 6 hours during the day and in 8 to 10 days if they are used during night sleep. However, since individual differences and needs come into play at this stage, the decision on how long home teeth whitening will take is made individually for the patient.

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Are There Any Side Effects of Teeth Whitening?

There is no risk of permanent damage to the teeth if teeth whitening is planned specifically for the patient by specialised and experienced dentists and applied with the right techniques. However, some temporary side effects may occur after teeth whitening.

After teeth whitening, dehydration, i.e. water loss, may occur in the teeth. Within 1 week following the teeth whitening application, the water content in the teeth is restored. With the elimination of water loss, the teeth gain a more natural and transparent appearance, and the opaque white appearance disappears.

Tooth sensitivity may be experienced for 2 to 3 days following teeth whitening treatment. In addition, soft tissue irritation may develop as a result of contact of the teeth whitening gel with tissues such as gums, lips and cheeks. Although it is possible for this situation to resolve spontaneously, a gel may be recommended by the dentist to speed up the process and increase patient comfort.

Teeth Whitening Prices

Teeth whitening is a practical and comfortable process that provides highly effective results. In addition, the results of teeth whitening treatment, which is more cost-effective than other aesthetic dentistry procedures, are obtained in a short time.

Teeth whitening prices are determined on a patient-specific basis according to which technique will be applied, how many sessions will be applied, the teeth whitening gel to be used, the price policy of the clinic and many other factors. In order to determine teeth whitening prices, the needs of the patient should be evaluated and the treatment to be applied should be planned.

Last Updated: Jun 16th, 2024
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