Professional teeth whitening
Professional teeth whitening involves in-office procedures using special equipment and will give you a snow-white smile in just 1-3 sessions.
If you decide to make your teeth dazzlingly white, first of all, you need to consult a dentist. He will offer a professional whitening method that is right for you, taking into account all contraindications, limitations and goals.
Today, there are many methods of professional teeth whitening. In this article we will talk about the most popular of them.
Professional teeth whitening with ultrasound
This type of professional teeth whitening refers to oral hygiene. Ultrasound not only removes tartar, but also all surface deposits that are in hard-to-reach areas. This procedure does not affect the internal tissues of the teeth, cleaning only the surface of the enamel. However, despite this fact, after the procedure, the color of the teeth becomes 2-3 tones lighter.
Whitening is carried out using special equipment that generates ultrasound using a piezoelectric element. After cleaning the surface of all teeth, a special paste is applied, which covers the enamel with the thinnest film, which protects the tooth from the effects of strong dyes in the future and creates the effect of «polishing».
There are also techniques that combine the effects of ultrasound and water. Thanks to this, cleansing is very gentle and effective, destroying the most dense deposits.
Ultrasound is a gentle and gentle procedure. Very rarely injures the soft tissues of the oral cavity. But if this happens, then dentists use special medicinal ointments and gum dressings, which heal all damaged areas in a short time.
Ultrasound is often used as a preparatory stage for deep whitening of enamel.
Chemical teeth whitening
Chemical teeth whitening is the most common method for achieving a whiter smile. Usually in the dentist’s office for this procedure, substances are used that are often recommended for home whitening. However, in this case, their concentration is much higher, which allows you to whiten the enamel in a short time (on average, the result is noticeable after 1-2 sessions lasting 30 minutes).
Chemical teeth whitening acts on the enamel very deeply, cleaning both the outer surface of the tooth and the inside. However, chemical solutions are not the safest way of whitening — they destroy both the tooth itself and the soft tissues of the oral cavity at a minimal level (sometimes special latex bets are used to protect the soft tissues). Therefore, this method should not be abused.
It should be noted that if you have fillings, dentures, pins and other foreign parts on the visible surface of your teeth, then chemical bleaching is not recommended. Foreign materials react differently to chemical solutions, which means that after the procedure your smile may become not snow-white, but spotty.
The effect after the procedure lasts from 2 to 5 years, depending on the care. The procedure can be repeated no earlier than after 2 years.
Laser teeth whitening
Laser teeth whitening is the fastest way to improve your smile. The procedure is as follows: an oxidizing agent is applied to the surface of the enamel, and then a laser is applied. The principle of operation is that the laser activates the action of the oxidizing agent, which means that literally in an hour session it is possible to lighten the enamel by 3-8 tones.
Due to the fact that the laser acts pointwise, the doctor has the opportunity to clean different areas of the surface with different intensities. It should also be noted that laser teeth whitening is a method that removes the most severe impurities, affecting not only the surface of the enamel, but also deep tissues. At the same time, the negative impact of acids is reduced due to their short stay on the enamel surface.
Photobleaching of teeth
The procedure of phototeeth whitening at first glance resembles a laser method. However, its main difference is that it is suitable for sensitive teeth. Chips and cracks, and even bare roots, are not a hindrance to this method.
The procedure itself is really visually similar to laser whitening. A solution is applied to the surface of the enamel, and then exposure to light is performed. During the procedure, oxygen is released, which actually whitens the enamel.
The negative side of whitening teeth with light is that the color is too white, neon, and unfortunately not for everyone.
With proper care, the effect lasts a lifetime.
Conservative (transformative) teeth whitening
Many people are familiar with this type of teeth whitening without knowing it. Conservative (transformative) whitening is an abrasive method of influencing the enamel surface. Thanks to this effect, the main impurities, tartar are removed. With this procedure, a deep effect on the internal tissues is not performed.
This method is suitable for those who initially have a natural tooth color close to ideal. And for those whose enamel cannot please with snowy whiteness, it is recommended to turn to other, more effective methods.
Contraindications for teeth whitening
It should be borne in mind that there are many common medical indications for the seemingly cosmetic procedure of teeth whitening. Among them:
- Caries in any form
- Periodontitis at all stages
- breastfeeding period
- Allergy to peroxide compounds
and also (except photobleaching):
- Root exposure
- enamel cracks
- Fillings in need of replacement
- Increased tooth sensitivity
It should also be remembered that it is better to carry out any kind of whitening before prosthetics, so that after the procedure your smile would be one-colored.
Let your teeth be strong, healthy and beautiful!
Author: Natalia Kay
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