For Those Who Ask: What is Teeth Whitening?
Tooth whitening is a simple cosmetic dentistry process of removing stains and discoloration from the surface of the teeth. Known to be one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures, teeth whitening is here to stay for long and is expected to gain more popularity in the coming years.
My Personal Teeth Whitening Experience
I set forth for a teeth whitening session with my local dentist here in Melbourne. I had my best friend’s wedding coming up, and I was to be a bridesmaid. Despite knowing that it was only a teeth whitening procedure I was still scared. This process is not a one-time procedure, and I was worried about the first session here. When I met a doctor, he told me that whitening is a process that should be done on a regular basis to avoid yellow staining on teeth. He said it was the enamel of the tooth that gives it the colour and to keep them spotless is not easy because the tooth enamel has pores that absorb stains and colour from food. The colour could come from tobacco consumption; simply one’s genes, caffeine intake, and lack of regular proper teeth brushing. People can have a stain on the insides of teeth that called intrinsic stains, but tooth whitening helps lighten the colour of only the external stains. Remember that teeth whitening do not work on veneers. After this small conversation, he began with my life’s first cosmetic dentistry procedure.
The dentist began by photographing my teeth followed with thorough teeth cleaning process. I noticed a small tray that housed the whitening gel that matched my teeth’s natural colour. There are two types of dental scrubs possible. If it’s a root canalled tooth a non-vital procedure will be done and if it is a tooth with live nerves a vital whitening process shall be done. The whitening treatment involves applying the gel on the tooth and the gums. The gel settled on the teeth and then the dentist reflected a strong laser light for around 5-10 minutes on the treated teeth. After removal from the light, the dentist checked the shine and colour. He asked me to come back as soon as I feel the shine and lustre have gone as teeth’s whitening is not a permanent procedure.
My personal teeth experience was smooth but sometimes it takes a while to achieve the whiteness desired. So I suggest that you take out some time and visit your dentist. Trust me, you won’t regret it.