10 Tips for you to get a teeth whitening
One of the first things you notice when you meet someone is their mouth. An image of a white smile always produces a better impression than one that is not so much. Thus, in recent years, the number of services demanded by dental professionals in terms of teeth whitening has increased. But do we know what it is? How is it done? What dangers to avoid or what care should we have?
Dr. Jose Amengual, advisory member of the College of Dentists and Stomatologists of Valencia (ICOEV) and dentistry doctor expert in teeth whitening, offers ten fundamental tips before, during and after whitening.
1.- A tooth whitening is a dental treatment, it is not a merely aesthetic treatment that can be done anywhere. That is to say, it is a treatment by which you can modify the color of the teeth making them clearer than it should be done by a collegiate dentist who will be the one who says the health prerequisites that we must meet.
2.- The dentist will be the one that selects the technique to use: treatment in the consultation or at home, at home, self-applying bleaching agents, but always under the strict control of the dentist. You can visit the specialist every week, every fortnight, etc., depending on the case.
3.- The professional must make a preliminary diagnosis. It must be a person who controls that everything works correctly, that there is no danger neither for the gums, nor for the soft tissues, nor for the teeth. It must be the one that verifies that everything is done properly, that you are not using too much product and that you monitor and follow the treatment directly.
4.- Normally, it is not painful. It is possible that in some patient with extreme sensitivity can feel pain, but it occurs as the sensitivity to ice cream or a very cold drink. In addition, knowing it can be pre-treated so that it does not happen or control it to prevent it from going over or becoming annoying. It is usually momentary and is solved spontaneously. Sometimes it is necessary to make some kind of measure, either to modify the treatment guideline or to use mouthwashes or toothpaste that help to reduce the sensitivity and disappear.
5.- One legend is that it can damage the enamel, but Dr. Amengual states that if the whitening is done correctly following the instructions of the dentist, a safe product is used, with a sanitary regulation, sold by appropriate companies, not it is dangerous, that is, the enamel is not damaged if it is administered correctly.
6.- Internet is the workhorse of professionals. It is forbidden by law to sell bleaching products directly to patients online. If it is done from a website in Spain or sold by a Spanish trade, it is a crime, although it can be bought abroad with the risk to health it entails. And, in addition, all whitening done in an unauthorized place (that is, a place that is not a dental clinic) can have serious consequences for our mouth. All teeth could be damaged severely.
7.- One of the main factors that make the color of the teeth darken is the passage of time. If a tooth is bleached, over time it will darken again (not as the initial state but it will darken). In order for this degree of whitening to last over time, maintenance measures must be taken, including, over time, some retreatment.
8.- On the other hand, there are foods and drinks that influence the color of the teeth before, during and after the whitening but what really influences is taking inadequate hygienic measures. We must avoid drinks that stain and if it is not possible to make a good brushing after the intake, as well as control the diets with foods with a lot of coloring.
9.- We must also avoid smoking. But if you smoke, whitening can be much less effective. In people who smoke or chew tobacco, combined with poor oral hygiene, it is easier for the tooth to darken. This type of obscuration is less important than that which occurs to other types of factors since this is external. The serious colors of the teeth are associated with factors that obscure the tooth from within, such as diseases, taking medication, dental problems that cause the tooth to modify the color in a more severe way …
10.- And one last myth that we must banish is about whitening toothpaste. There is no whitening toothpaste, they simply return the tooth to its original color but they do not bleach. Real bleaching pastes can not be bought in pharmacies, in large areas or on the Internet because they are bleaching products in the form of a paste and they can bleach, but a dentist must provide them and explain the way of handling.
In short, today only pharmacies can be dispensed whitening toothpaste whose content in hydrogen peroxide does not exceed a concentration of 0.1% (or carbamide peroxide of 0.3%).
However, yes you can market other toothpaste intended to try to return the tooth to its original color and help reduce the yellowish tone that over time can acquire some of them; as well as with the purpose of contributing to favor the elimination of superficial spots on the teeth and to prevent their formation.
Both the first and the second are an adequate complement during the implementation of a whitening treatment always indicated and supervised by the odonto-stomatologist. In this regard it should be remembered that the real bleaching products (concentrations higher than 0.1% hydrogen peroxide and 0.3% carbamide peroxide) can only be dispensed by the dentist in your practice or indicated by the same for use of domiciliary form.