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Teeth bleaching works. 15% of America has undergone teeth whitening, whether this is at a dentist office or with a home kit. Individuals routinely see either moderate or dramatic improvement in the brightness and whiteness of their teeth. Teeth whitening however is not a permanent solution.
The difference between the words whitening and bleaching is as follows. Whitening involves returning the surface color of a tooth back to its original color by removing staining. Even over-the-counter tooth base can be referred to as a whitening agent. To laymen, the word whitening is actually much more preferable than bleaching, so in teeth whitening advertising is more commonly utilized.
The word bleaching, however, is a term permitted by the FDA when the product can enhance the teeth whitening beyond its original natural color. The bleaching products typically used are either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide.
Unless one’s teeth color is destroyed by a metabolic disorder or taking something like tetracycline as a child, the teeth are sparkling white starting out. The enamel in teeth serve a protective role during trauma, chewing, and exposure to acidic substances. Over years the enamel wears out and becomes more see through. When this occurs, the dentin underneath starts to show through, and it is yellow.
As a person chews, the enamel sustained small cracks. The dentin remains intact. These tiny cracks fill up with debris from which the tooth loses a lot of whiteness. Bleaching of teeth takes away this debris but the cracks in the enamel remain exposed.
How do teeth get stained in the 1st place? As teeth get older, they darken due to tear and wear and stains accumulating. As people age, whitening of teeth may be more difficult to accomplish.
All teeth have a certain transparency grade, and some of this is genetically determined. Teeth that are more opaque tend to be whiter and brighter and respond better to teeth whitening. If a person has genetically thin teeth, less pigment is available for bleaching. One cannot alter the transparency of teeth with a bleaching procedure.
Is a person smokes it can lead to considerable tooth discoloration. They can leave brownish deposits from nicotine which can penetrate deeply into the tooth. If a person drinks a lot of coffee, tea, red wine, or cola it can also lead to dramatic staining. The tooth surface and become more transparent from these beverages which can lead to more yellow dent in showing. Foods like citrus and vinegar which are acidic can also cause staining.
Excessive intake of fluoride may lead to white mottling. Chronic grinding of teeth can also lead to tiny little cracks which can result in darkened edges.
There are 3 predominant teeth whitening options available today. One is in-office whitening which can provide a significant color change in a short time and last a very long time. Take-home whitening kits may produce excellent results, but take weeks to months for the results to be accomplished and often do not last for a long term. Over the counter teeth whitening is the most convenient and cheapest option involving one size fits all trays or stips. This may only whiten a few teeth.
The procedure that gives the best results for teeth whitening is an in office procedure that is done in one setting to the lasting less than 2 hours and gives great results.
Individuals typically desire a better smile, as at times the teeth have been worn down from years of clenching as well as grinding.
Porcelain veneers can be used along with porcelain rejuvenations to fix the smile and help stabilize bite. In the “before” pictures, one will often see patients with “shorter” teeth that are stained, yellowed, and broken down. There are often uneven edges, crookedness, and an uneven smile noticeable. Most patients do not want to wear braces as an adult, especially not for one to two years.
Veneers can assist teeth that have problems with:
Stains or discoloration caused by tobacco, caffeine, or age
Teeth that are worn down or chipped
Unwanted spaces or gaps between teeth
Damage due to a root canal procedure or other type of injury
Dental veneers are made of very thin shells of porcelain that are about of fingernails thickness. There crafted artistically to replicate the translucency, function, and shaped of one’s native tooth. They are exceptionally durable over time. Dental bonding is used to glue the veneers to the tooth, and at times a part of the native tooth is shaved so that the veneer fits in better. The veneers are about a half a millimeter thick.
Not all dentists are trained in veneers. It is the ones who are trained in cosmetic dentistry procedures well who should be sought after for your new smile creation. Typically once the design is selected, a wax model is created along with a set of provisionals.
After that is accomplished, the initial preparation of the tooth is accomplished. This then goes to a lab for preparation of the final veneers, and during this time the provisional ones can be worn.
More cutting-edge technology is coming into existence that is allowing dentists to be able to put the veneers in in a single stage. This involves three-dimensional preparation using digital imagery to create the veneers.
Photos taken after the procedure usually show a smile that is wider brighter and sparkling along with straighter teeth. Usually there is a smoother noticeable flow to the left that makes the teeth appear longer too.
Insurance coverage does not exist for veneers, so they may need to be paid for upfront or financed. Options for financing include Chase Health Advance, Care Credit, or potentially the dental office has its own financing plan.
The first thing someone sees is one’s smile. Unless that person is embarrassed about it and hides it, which can inhibit confidence and self esteem. The latest technology with veneers is amazing and extremely aesthetic.