Teeth Whitening and Bleaching is the same, however they are not. It is wise for the patients to know that teeth whitening removes the external stains from teeth, while teeth bleaching actually makes your teeth brighter and whiter, by affecting the internal color of your tooth or teeth, and remove deep stains from the dentin layer (which is the second layer internally to the enamel of your teeth). Teeth bleaching is accomplished by hydrogen peroxide products, with different concentrations and different duration, while teeth whitening can be accomplished by mechanically removing dark stains from the external surfaces of your teeth.
Teeth whitening is a simple, popular and economical way of enhancing the appearance of your teeth. Dental Bleaching and laser tooth whitening are the most popular and least invasive methods available. They have proven to be safe and effective methods of achieving a brighter, more youthful smile. They can be done alone or in conjunction with other cosmetic dentistry procedures. Please be aware if a complete comprehensive dental examination is NOT performed prior to teeth whitening, major problems can occur, such as tooth sensitivity, and in extreme cases root resorption, which can cause loss of tooth.
It is important to visit an expert cosmetic dentist to evaluate your gums, areas of recessions, and to have sensitivity testing done prior to tooth whitening or teeth bleaching. Dental Bleaching products can cause root sensitivity in many people.Most bleaching dental products are Carbomide Peroxide, or Hydrogen Peroxide. The main ingredient for dental bleaching is Hydrogen peroxide. Be aware that Carbomide peroxide converts to hydrogen peroxide, in bleaching process. The difference between the two: Hydrogen peroxide is 3 times the equivalent of carbomide peroxide, meaning a 10% hydrogen peroxide is equivelant to 30% carbomide peroxide, and usually hydrogen peroxide products, may show whiter results immediately for the initial 3 to 4 days, but subsequently will be the same as carbomide peroxide.The most important factor in Bleaching teeth is the Concentration of the gel, and the second is the Time, which effects how fast or slow you will be getting the desired results.
Who is not a candidate for teeth whitening?
Patients with sensitive teeth, patients with root exposures and recession of the gums, patients with leaking fillings, Decayed teeth, micro fractures of teeth, cracked teeth, and patients with minimal enamel due to acid erosion or Bulimia.
Is teeth whitening bad for your teeth?
Teeth whitening is not bad for your teeth if you heave healthy teeth and gum. If any sensitivity is experienced do not continue and contact your dentist. It is best done under supervision of licensed dentist. Sensitivity is a sign that something is wrong and can cause further damage if you insist on getting your teeth whitened. Know that most cosmetic dentist recommend at the initial stage of their treatment to have teeth whitened, of course this is when the dentist has thoroughly examined you. Usually teeth whitening is the precursor to getting veneers, in which is considered to have permanent white teeth.
Can yellow teeth become white?
Depends if the yellow teeth is due to plaque or bacterial accumulation, and calculus. If that is the case you might be a candidate for deep cleaning prior to having your teeth bleached. In many cases the yellow color might be due to age, exposure of root surface, or lack of enamel or exposure to dentin. In those cases the yellow will not get white and as a matter of fact can damage your teeth. Know that root exposure or dentin exposure does not get white by bleaching teeth. Also note that some teeth especially in older age have yellow teeth that may not get that white, due to calcified dentin.
Does Tetracycline Stained Teeth Get White?
Unfortunately research has shown that due to intrinsic staining due to tetracycline, bleaching does not work on tetracycline teeth. Most patients with tetracycline teeth need to have porcelain veneers and in some cases porcelain crown made.
If I Was Bulimic Should I Bleach My Teeth?
Due to damage caused by acidity it is not recommended to have unsupervised teeth bleaching done. Sensitivity can cause pain and further breakdown. There is ways to whiten your teeth only under supervision of experienced dentist.
Teeth whitening can cause sensitivity to your teeth:
If you do experience sensitive teeth, then it is best to find out the root cause of the sensitivity prior to starting bleaching teeth. In most cases a protocol of potassium nitrate (ACP) gel delivered with in office dental trays 2 to 4 weeks prior to start of your bleaching, can eliminate teeth sensitivity. Also taking 600 mg Motrin an hour before bleaching treatment is great help. For more advise regarding bleaching and teeth sensitivity contact Dr Mobasser
Discoloration occurs on the enamel and can be caused by coffee, tea, cigarettes and medications. Most of these discoloration can be eliminated by teeth whitening procedure ( which is removal of stains from the enamel, the extrinsic surface of the tooth).Discoloration also can be caused by your genetic make-up or simply getting older,this in turn causes discoloration of the second layer in your teeth which is in dentin, in which bleaching is required to oxidize the deep stain.
Which Antibiotics Can Darken Your Teeth?
Some of the antibiotics such as minocycline , or Doxycycline, prescribed by Dermatologist, to treat acne, causes darkening your bones and the dentin layer of your teeth, causing internal discoloration, in which bleaching of your teeth can reverse, the effect ! Ask Dr Mobasser more about how to treat the more aggressive internal discoloration.
What to do with the dark front tooth after root canal therapy?
This procedure is done through internal aspect of the tooth rather than from outside the tooth. In order for this procedure to work, the existing root canal must be checked by Dr Mobasser, to make sure the Endodontic therapy is well done, prior to commencing the internal bleaching. After the color correction, the internal opening will be sealed with a white dental bond.
Once the color is matched with the other front tooth, the patient is done! If there is gap between teeth, now the patient can choose to have a dental veneer or dental bond to close the gap. With internal bleaching we are conserving tooth structure to avoid crown in front tooth.
There Are 4 Common Approaches to Teeth Whitening, and Bleaching?
1- Passive, or tray whitening or Tray Bleaching which – if the teeth are not Sensitive – gives you the great results. As long as the cosmetic dentist monitors and advises regarding the concentration of the bleaching products used, such as hydrogen peroxide or carbomide peroxide which the carbomide peroxide comes in various concentrations of 10%, 15%, 22%, and 32%.The benefit of the tray bleaching, is that you as the patient have control, of how white you want your teeth to look like. The fabrication of bleaching trays are of vital importance, so is the direction that Dr Mobasser advises, in conjunction with which concentration gel to be used according to the condition and health of your teeth.
Dr Mobasser also uses trays to help his patients for preventative dental care, ( to stop cavities and prevent periodontal and gum disease ), by using tray technique to help his patients keep their teeth for the rest of their life, and in addition make them look good.
2-Laser Bleaching or Power Bleaching, or Zoom Bleaching with the aid of the light.
Per Dr Mobasser the light causes excess heat to your teeth and pulp of your tooth (the nerve) and can cause inflammation of the pulp (pulpitis), and hence SENSITIVITY. It is best not to use any element that causes heat, such as laser or zoom light since that was a marketing technique, and it is actually detrimental to your teeth!
Usually in-office whitening procedure which per Dr. Mobasser requires a complete evaluation by the dentist to screen for any of the following: root sensitivity, recession of gums, leaking fillings, or micro fractures of the teeth can be done with higher percentage of bleach and limited duration. If done without supervision and examination by the treating dentist, extreme sensitivity is possible, as well as irreversible nerve damage.For patients with healthy teeth and gums, the method of in office bleaching , boosts the color, to give you initial jump start on bleaching your teeth. If more Bleaching is required, Per Dr Mobasser, it is best to have power bleaching or zoom bleaching done at least 30 days after the initial bleaching.
3-Combination of power bleaching and Tray Bleaching
This method works well, since you already got the initial boost, and at home you can control how white you want your teeth by using the tray bleaching and the concentration of bleach advised by your DDS.
4-Permanent teeth whitening: this can be done at Dr Mobasser’s office after complete evaluation, possibly by a combination of passive and power bleaching and Porcelain Dental Veneers. SEE Before -After Photos of Permanent Teeth Whitening.
What If White Spots Appear After You Bleached Your Teeth?
White spots can appear on the enamel due to different mineralization in the enamel! Usually within few days these white spots get hydrated again, and will show normal. It is best not to do bleaching until the white spots get hydrated and disappear. If white spots again re appear after the second time, it is possible that you need to be seen by the dentist, and possibly do not do further bleaching.
If you happened to have de-calcification spots already on your enamel, teeth bleaching can exacerbate those spots, so you might not want to do bleaching since they may stick out more.
Depending on a few common factors, most individuals can be a candidate for any of the four above, or possibly a combination. It is best to have a complete evaluation done via x-rays and/or intra-oral cameras prior to commencing any teeth whitening procedure.
At Dr. Mobasser’s dental practice, we impart a personalized teeth-whitening program that is designed to fit your needs. Our proven bleaching methods are safe and effective, and the results speak for themselves.
We are also able to transform discolored, rotated teeth by giving them a whiter and brighter appearance. All whitening is performed by Dr. Mobasser under appropriate dental supervision. Dr. Mobasser offers laser bleaching treatment (for patients who are candidate) to ensure the correct amount of whitening is done and that your teeth are properly exposed. So, go ahead – you deserve a whiter, brighter smile, available at the skilled hands of Dr. Anthony Mobasser.
(Permanent teeth whitening can be achieved with the use of porcelain veneers)
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