At home or at the dentist – the most diverse bleaching methods promise a radiant smile. Which treatment suits you best and which procedures keep their promise…
- What is whitening?
- How does bleaching work?
- Teeth bleach at the dentist
- Whitening methods
- Teeth bleach at home
- Whitening methods
- How long does the effect last?
- Bleaching: disadvantages and risks
- Bleaching teeth: How much does bleaching cost?
- What is whitening?
White teeth – they are considered a symbol of beauty, health and youth. They belong to a well-groomed appearance for us, we combine them with success and competence. Stars and starlets therefore shine in the cameras and try to beguile their audience with a dazzling white smile. Those who are not naturally blessed with a cinematic bit and suffer from supposedly or actually yellow teeth, are happy to help with aesthetic dentistry.
For centuries people have been trying to lighten their teeth. Many used methods that in the best case remained ineffective, in the worst case damage to the teeth. Today, dentists, drugstores and pharmacies have a wide range of products to offer, with fewer side effects to worry about. Under the label “Bleaching” (from English to bleach, bleach) they conquer the market. They are used by a steadily growing clientele to brighten their teeth.
However, too bland application of bleach can still lead to blemishes or damage teeth and gums permanently. Because not every bleaching procedure is suitable for every mouth. To distinguish dentists two types of tooth discoloration: intrinsic and extrinsic. In intrinsic discoloration, the inner tooth layer is affected, in extrinsic the enamel on the outside. Depending on which part of the teeth is darkened, different bleaching methods are used.
In any case, interested parties should consult a specialist in advance. Because unlike dental plaque, which is caused by leftovers and saliva, discoloration of the teeth can unfortunately not so easily brush away. On the other hand, this also means that darker teeth have nothing to do with a lack of hygiene. Because first of all, each of us has a very individual tooth color. It changes with age and depends on our habits. Only in exceptional cases does dental discoloration indicate sick teeth or other health problems. Most are coloring or acidic foods and stimulants blame, such as certain alcoholic beverages, tea, tobacco smoke, coffee, red wine or fruit juices. But some medications, tooth decay or malnutrition may be responsible for our teeth losing more and more of their childish white.
“From a medical point of view,” says the Federal Dental Association (KZBV), “bleaching should be used restrained.” Who brushes his teeth twice a day and daily cleans the interdental spaces, can do a lot for the natural whiteness of his teeth. Often can be achieved with professional teeth cleaning brilliant success. “Only if that’s not enough, you should consider bleaching,” said the KZBV.
How does bleaching work?
There are many ways to toothpaste commercials. These include procedures that only the dentist can perform, those that the dentist prepares and the patient performs at home, and others that anyone can use alone. However, the chemical substance used is always the same: the so-called carbamide peroxide. It is composed of carbamide, a tasteless, colorless gel, and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), which is also used for hair coloring, for example. It does not dissolve the deposited color pigments out of the enamel, but only destains them.
Nevertheless, bleaching can cause some side effects. Therefore, preparations containing over 0.1 percent hydrogen peroxide may only be used by the dentist. The commercially available means contain a lower concentration of active ingredient. But their use is not completely unproblematic and should be clarified in advance with the dentist.
Bleaching is out of the question for you if your teeth are sick or damaged, for example, if you have caries, periodontal disease, tooth enamel defects, leaky fillings, enamel cracks, or exposed tooth necks. Even if you are pregnant or nursing, your teeth should not be bleached.
Teeth bleach at the dentist
Depending on the cause of the discoloration, the color of the teeth and the degree of lightening desired, different bleaching techniques and drug concentrations may be considered. Your dentist can judge which method is gentle and at the same time produces the most natural look possible. To choose