Many people want to have sparkling white healthy teeth. Bleaching is the general term used to describe a variety of procedures used for teeth whitening. Differentiation is made between two variants: so-called in-office bleaching carried out at a dental practice. And so-called home bleaching – which takes place at home in a comfortable atmosphere following detailed examination and instructions on management. Here, whitening takes place by means of a bleaching agent applied to a bar.
Bleaching at home – how it works
Gentle teeth whitening carried out at home is very simple. The few steps required to be carried out by hand will be explained to patients in a consultation. Besides, there will also be clarification on the risks and limits of bleaching. Here, for example, you should bear in mind that sensitive or brittle tooth substance is as little suited to bleaching as are crowns. The reason is that these do not whiten automatically together with the surrounding teeth. As a rule, the success of home bleaching can be seen after several days, depending on the degree of discoloration and its causes.
Internal bleaching on root canal treated teeth
So-called internal bleaching is an option with root canal treated teeth. In a short intervention, the bleaching gel is put into the already desensitised tooth canal and then removed again after a specific reaction time. This way the shiny bluish neck of the tooth and the gums above find their way back to their original colour. The Bärenklau dental practice team will be happy to inform you on all the steps necessary and options related to internal bleaching.
Bleaching is a state-of-the-art, safe and gentle method of teeth whitening with the help of a specific bleaching agent. Influences that can lead to a yellowy brown colouring of the teeth are regular consumption of tobacco, coffee, tea, red wine as well as a number of other foods. Some medication can also have an effect on tooth colour. Often, a darker, yellowy tooth colour is just a fact of nature, which is perceived by many people as not so attractive. In addition, the older you get, the more the inner darker dentine shows through the tooth enamel because the outer layers of the teeth, the tooth enamel, wears out. In order to exclude pathological causes for the tooth discoloration, the dentist has to evaluate the condition of the teeth prior to bleaching. During bleaching, the colours of the rows of your teeth are modified by applying an effective, gentle bleaching agent. For purposes of evaluating how successful this is before and after bleaching, there are accurately graded colour comparison samples.
Service on Bleaching
Bleaching carried out by your dentist using the latest methods is generally well-tolerated and carries little risk. However, bleaching is not advisable in all situations. First of all, teeth should of course be intact and free of caries because penetration of the bleaching agent into areas with caries or underneath leaking fillings can lead to further painful damage to the tooth. In rare individual cases, even to the point of losing the tooth. Another aspect that you should be aware of before having bleaching done is that crowns, fillings and dentures cannot be whitened through bleaching because the result would be different colours in the row of teeth. This is one of the reasons why a thorough dental examination and consultation should be carried out prior to bleaching treatment. If need be, pathological findings can then be resolved immediately. Pregnant women should also not have bleaching carried out. Another thing is that directly after bleaching, there is often temporary increased sensitivity of the teeth, also to heat and cold. This can last a few days but is harmless. During the course of the years, colouring can reoccur gradually and renewed bleaching may be necessary. Dental prevention measures and regular check-ups can slow down this process.