Tooth whitening is a cosmetic procedure in which the discolorations on the surfaces of the teeth due to various reasons are removed with special whitening gels. Bleaching can be done alone, with a laser or with the help of a light source, depending on the system used.
There are two types of bleaching processes:
1) Office bleaching:
It is the whitening applied by the dentist in the clinic. First of all, dental calculus and bacterial plaque on tooth surfaces are cleaned. Dental surfaces are polished. To the gums; a special gel is applied for protection. Protective glasses are put on the patient and a whitening gel is applied to the teeth. The whitening process is completed in an average of 1 hour. Usually one session is sufficient.
2) Home Bleaching:
It is a self-applied whitening method at home with personalized plates prepared by taking measurements from the mouth. The amount of whitening gel recommended by the dentist is placed in these plaques and the plaques are worn for a few hours a day. After 1-2 weeks of use, the desired tooth color is achieved.
Is pain felt during bleaching?
Some sensitivity may occur in the teeth during the procedure and within the first 24 hours after the procedure. This is a temporary situation. When the dentist's recommendations are followed, this situation can be overcome in a short time.
How long is whitening effective?
Whitened teeth retain their color for an average of 2-3 years. This time depends on the person. This period may be shorter for people who consume large amounts of tea, coffee and cigarettes.
Can teeth whitening be applied to everyone?
Teeth whitening is not recommended in the presence of tooth decay, gum disease and tooth enamel cracks. In this case, ideal oral hygiene should be provided first.