Whitening, also known as dental bleaching is a procedure whereby unsightly discoloration and stains are removed from the teeth. The treatment falls under aesthetic/cosmetic dentistry, a branch that deals with enhancing the appearance of the smile.
In-office dental whitening involves the use of a bleaching agent placed in an even coat on the anterior/facial surfaces of the teeth. The bleaching agent is then activated with the help of a specialized blue light. The activated bleach breaks down stains making it easier for them to be removed from the tooth surface. This cycle is repeated two to three times till the desired results have been achieved.
There are a number of factors that can cause discoloration of the teeth. These include consumption of staining food and beverages, excessive smoking, improper oral hygiene, using certain medication such as tetracycline especially during fetal developmental stages, amalgam fillings, trauma, and congenital conditions such as dentinogenesis imperfecta.
There are two ways in which whitening can be achieved; at dental clinics by qualified professionals, or at home using dental bleaching kits. The results depend upon the degree and nature of discoloration present on the teeth. Both methods have shown promising results if performed correctly.
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