What is a whitening treatment

Tooth whitening is one of the techniques your dentist uses to help you have the smile you’ve always wanted.

Each person has a different base color in their teeth, and with age, it is normal for teeth to darken. Whitening allows you to achieve whiter teeth and a healthier expression.

What you need to know about teeth whitening treatments

Teeth yellowing is a normal part of aging. As teeth repair themselves, new dentine is created which is darker in color, At the same time, the enamel gets thinner which results in an overall darkening of our teeth.

You only have one set of teeth in life, take care of them.

5 facts you should know about teeth whitening

  1. Your teeth absorb like sponges.

Teeth yellowing is a normal part of aging. As teeth repair themselves, new dentine is created which is darker in color, At the same time, the enamel gets thinner which results in an overall darkening of our teeth.

  1. Don’t eat after the whitening session.

Immediately after whitening the pores are slightly more open, so your teeth are more susceptible to restaining. That’s why we recommend not eating after treatment.

  1. Teeth whitening does not damage your teeth.

If you go to a professional dentist, the treatment is very safe. We have the best control over about your gums and their possible damage. After each session, your teeth naturally remineralize and rehydrate.

  1. You can feel sensitivity after the whitening treatment.

During the whitening process, it is normal for sensitivity to occur. The teeth become temporarily dehydrated which reduces their ability to insulate the nerve. This sensitivity will disappear in about 12-36 hours after whitening.

  1. You will need fewer sessions if you do the treatment at a dental clinic (also called “in office bleaching”) rather than at home.

The concentration used for “in office” bleaching is higher than that of products used for “at home” bleaching. The advantage of “in office bleaching” at the dental clinic is that you get whiter and instant result. If you chose to bleach at home, you must use a bleaching tray for 45 during 7 days. At night bleaching products also exist for at home use. You just sleep with your trays in and wake up with a brighter smile. 

How long will your teeth stay whiter?

The effects of whitening usually last up to three years. However, this will vary from person to person and habits such as smoking or red wine coffee, chai tea consumption as these products can stain your teeth.

Recommendations after the whitening treatment

  • Cut down on the consumption of dark-colored food and drinks.
  • Consider quitting down on smoking to help prevent discoloration and staining.
  • Brush your teeth at night with a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Reduce the sugary foods and drinks in your diet.
  • Visit your dentist regularly.

If you are considering whitening your teeth, you can book an appointment at Turó Park Medical Center in Barcelona or contact us right here.

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