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Teeth Whitening or Bleaching

Tooth whitening also known as Dental bleaching, is a common procedure to restores natural tooth color and bleaching whitens beyond the natural color. Teeth whitening helps to remove stains, discoloration and improve the aesthetic appearance of teeth.

Every day, a thin coating forms on the enamel (the thin outer covering of the tooth) and picks up stains. Tooth enamel also has pores which can hold stains.

White teeth are sign of the good oral health, make beautiful smile and gives you more confidence. Unfortunately, avoiding yellow teeth is not as simple as you may think.

Some common reasons to get stained or yellow teeth are:

Using tobacco, smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco

Regular drinking of coffee, tea, dark-coloured liquids such as cola and red wine

Poor oral hygiene and not taking good care of your teeth

stain by certain types of food

Age, as you get older your teeth become less brighter because enamel gets thinner and the dentin (dentine) becomes darker.

It is also possible to have stains inside the tooth which called intrinsic stains. Intrinsic stains on your teeth occur when dentin (the inner tissue of the tooth) gets a yellow tint or turns dark.

Intrinsic stains may occur for different reasons like:

exposure to too much fluoride during childhood while teeth are developing

Tetracycline antibiotic, used by child’s mother during the second half of pregnancy or by a child while teeth are still developing (age of 8 years old or younger)

Trauma may also darken a tooth, having tooth trauma as a child, damaging the tooth or internal bleeding in the tooth

Dentinogenesis imperfecta, which is a genetic disorder of tooth development. This condition causes teeth to be discolored ( most often a blue-gray or yellow-brown color ) and weaker than normal which making them vulnerable to rapid wear, breakage, and loss.

At Toronto Diamond Dental Clinics you get a chance to get back the lost glow of your teeth. Our highly skilled team of dentists and hygienist offer professional teeth whitening procedure, considering all safety measures to ensure your comfort and oral health. We create you the flawless smile you always wanted.

There are two type of main teeth whitening in general:

Non-Vital Whitening

It is done on a tooth that has had root-canal treatment and no longer has a live nerve. In Non-Vital Whitening, dentist will use a different procedure by placing a whitening agent inside the tooth and put a temporary filling over it to whitens the tooth from the inside. Tooth with non-vital whitening will be left this way for few days. This procedure may be done only once, or repeated till the tooth reaches the desired shade.

Vital Whitening

Vital whitening is performed on teeth that have live nerves. Tooth whitening can be done in the dentist’s office or at home (it is recommended to only use chairside whitening or dentist-supervised home whitening kit). The most common type vital tooth whitening uses a gel-like whitening solution that is applied directly to the tooth surface. Chairside whitening allows your dentist to use a more powerful whitening gel, specialized light or laser to activates the gel and allows bleaching to happen faster.

Is there any side effect or risk involved in teeth whitening?

It is unlikely that teeth whitening cause any serious side effects if it is done correctly by professional or under dentist supervision, although some people’s may experience some sensitivity to cold for a short while. Some may also experience mild gum irritation, discomfort in the gums, a sore throat or white patches on the gum line. These symptoms are usually temporary and should disappear within a few days after finishing whitening.

Although the effect of the whitening materials is unknown on the development of the fetus, women should not have their teeth whitened while pregnant; since the procedure is cosmetic and can be postponed until after delivery.

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