TEETTH WHITENING / BLEACHING

We have option of both clinic type and home type bleaching / teeth whitening in our clinic

Clinic type bleaching can be applied via laser as well

 We suggest application of home type and clinic type teeth whitening together for long term success.

Plaque of home type  teeth whitening can be prepared in one day in our inhouse labrotory

One hour is sufficient for clinic type  teeth whitening and one day for home type teeth whitening

 

DEFINITION

Tooth bleaching is the application of certain bleaching materials on the tooth surface in order to remove yellowing and tooth stains and it does not require the abrasion and/or crowning of the tooth with other materials.

Types of tooth bleaching:

Home bleaching: This is a method that the patient can use on his/her own at home following the instructions given by the dentist.

Clinic bleaching: Apply by dentist

Combined method: This method involves the application of both home and clinic methods. Research show that only if both methods are efficiently used together, is it possible to achieve the desired whiteness and maintain the colour for a longer time.

Single tooth bleaching: This method is used for teeth that have lost their natural colour due to root canal therapy.

Laser bleaching:

Contrary to popular belief, tooth bleaching is not possible by only using a laser light source. Some bleaching chemicals are produced in a way to become active when they get into contact with a certain wave length of a light source. While some of these are activated by the wave length of ultraviolet (UV) light sources, some are activated by LED lights, and some by laser light sources.

 

FIELDS OF APPLICATION

Bleaching is often preferred when the patient is not satisfied with the colour of his/her teeth although there are no structural problems. Bleaching may not yield satisfying results if decolouration is excessive, for example due to use of antibiotics.

APPLICATION

Home Bleaching:

  • The dentist first clears the tartar on teeth surfaces (detartrage) and then mechanically removes the stains before the bleaching procedure is started.
  • Bleaching plates are customized according to the measurements taken in the first session.
  • Bleaching gels are spread on customized bleaching plates and placed inside the mouth which should be kept inside the mouth for about 2-4 hours daily.

Clinic bleaching:

  • Stains on tooth surfaces are removed by means of a brush.
  • Protective gum coverings are placed upon gums before the bleaching material is applied and the bleaching material is diligently and smoothly applied on the teeth.
  • After the bleaching material is applied on the teeth to be whitened, the sessions come to an end.

Results of bleaching are often visible at the end of a bleaching session. However, after bleaching a thin layer of fluorine gel is applied on the teeth to protect them for a few hours.

Single tooth bleaching:

  • This method is used to whiten teeth that have become decoloured or been under root canal therapy and comprises removal of old fillings, placement of the bleaching material in the filling hole, and loading of the tooth with a temporary filling.
  • After the application, the patient should be given an appointment for 3-5 days later and the whiteness state of the teeth should be observed.
  • If the result obtained after the first application is not found to be sufficient, the bleaching material placed within the tooth should be removed and renewed (this can be repeated at most four times until the desired whiteness is achieved).
  • After the achieved whiteness is found to be satisfactory, the tooth is loaded with a permanent filling and the treatment is finished.

 

DURATION

Home bleaching: Varies between 5 days and 2 weeks.

Clinic bleaching: Lasts for about 45 min – 1,5 hours if applied by an experienced dentist (the procedure can be repeated if the achieved whiteness is not satisfactory).

Single tooth bleaching:

1-4 sessions

ADVANTAGES

If bleaching has been carried out by and under the care of a dentist, the procedure is often quite efficient and reliable.

Bleaching does not damage the teeth or gums as much as it is believed to do.

It helps whiten the teeth up to 3-4 colour tones and does not compromise the natural structure of the teeth.

It does not require the abrading of teeth and teeth are not crowned with any materials.

The procedure is not difficult.

It is an aesthetic application and helps remove visible aesthetic problems.

It is much more economical compared to other types of aesthetic crowns.

DISADVANTAGES

This method may not yield the same results for everyone.

Bleaching may be reversed in the long run. It is not possible to retain the initial whiteness.

The procedure may lead to hot-cold sensitivity. It may lead to itching.

SUCCESS

  • Before the bleaching procedure, cavities or tartar on the tooth must be cleared and removed.
  • Points to consider should be clearly explained in detail to the patient by the dentist who has performed the procedure.