Tooth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure that involves the use of bleaching agents to lighten the color of teeth and remove stains or discoloration.
Yes, tooth whitening is safe when performed by a qualified dental professional. However, over-the-counter whitening products can cause sensitivity and damage to the gums if not used correctly.
The different types of tooth whitening include in-office whitening performed by a dentist, take-home whitening kits provided by a dentist, and over-the-counter whitening products such as whitening strips or gels.
The length of time that tooth whitening lasts varies depending on the individual’s oral hygiene habits and dietary choices. Typically, tooth whitening can last anywhere from six months to two years.
The degree to which teeth can be whitened depends on various factors such as the severity of the staining and the type of whitening being used. In general, teeth can be lightened by several shades with whitening treatments.
When performed by a qualified dental professional, tooth whitening should not damage the enamel. However, overuse or misuse of whitening products can cause sensitivity and damage to the gums and enamel.
Tooth whitening works best on surface stains caused by food and drinks. Deeper stains, such as those caused by certain medications or trauma to the teeth, may not respond as well to whitening treatments.
The cost of tooth whitening varies depending on the type of treatment being used and the location of the dental clinic. It is best to schedule a consultation appointment with your dentist to get an accurate estimate of the cost.
Possible side effects of tooth whitening include sensitivity, gum irritation, and damage to the enamel if not performed correctly. These side effects can be minimized by following your dentist‘s instructions and using the products as directed.
Most people are good candidates for tooth whitening, but it is important to have a consultation with your dentist to determine if you are a suitable candidate and which type of whitening treatment would be best for you.