- Is the enamel damaged?
One of the doubts that arises is whether the enamel suffers with these teeth whitening processes. The enamel remains intact, something they can claim based on experience, years of study and their own practice. Thus, they explain that nothing happens to the teeth, except some post-treatment sensitivity.
- What are the most used techniques?
The most common is to use a mixed technique, that is, with treatment in the clinic and at home.
- Is it a painful treatment? What care should we have after performing teeth whitening?
It is not painful, but it does make the tooth sensitive, a sensation that disappears within 72 hours after treatment. Those three subsequent days are important to achieve a better result, and that is why in those 72 hours you have to take special care with hygiene and they recommend following a ‘white’ diet, that is, avoiding those foods that cause staining. In addition, tobacco should be avoided, as people who smoke are much more likely to have their teeth darken. Nicotine leaves a series of deposits on the teeth, which cause them to darken. For this reason, many smokers go for teeth whitening treatment.
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- Can anyone do it or is there any kind of contraindication?
In any person who has a healthy mouth, that is, without cavities and who does not have dental sensitivity, because treatment can increase it.
- Is it effective on all types of stains that can occur on the teeth?
No. The best results are obtained on teeth that, over the years, yellow or have that natural tone. In more intense stains (orange or gray tones), the tooth can be lightened, although it depends on the tone and has to be evaluated by the specialist, because in the most severe cases, such satisfactory results are not always achieved. Stains caused by tetracyclines, a medicine, give a grayish tone to the tooth that cannot be whitened. In that case, other options should be used, such as veneers, caps or crowns.
In addition, the effect of teeth whitening lasts for at least one year, although it depends mainly on two fundamental factors: the techniques and products used by the dentist, and the eating habits of each person.
- Do men or women perform more bleaching?
The most common is that people between 30 and 40 years old come to the clinic and there are more women, but the number is equalizing. What the experts do tell us is that women are more demanding and want to achieve a ‘whiter’ target.
- What foods can negatively influence the color of our teeth?
Red wine, tea, coffee, carbonated drinks, tomato, curry, strawberry, raspberry… and, of course, tobacco.
- Is teeth whitening a substitute for oral cleaning?
Experts recall that one of the myths that surround teeth whitening is that it can be associated and even substituted for an oral cleaning. This is a falsehood. Teeth whitening is an aesthetic technique and in no case is it a substitute for cleaning. Cleaning removes bacteria, strengthens enamel and protects teeth.
- Does an excessive obsession with the white of the teeth generate addiction?
Having whiter teeth can improve the patient’s self-esteem. However, when that “white” of the tooth becomes an obsession, that is when the problem comes. This is what has been called “blancorexia” and that consists of reaching a very white tooth tone. Not all tooth colors are the same and it all depends on the enamel each person has. The obsession with that “perfect target” can bring with it a series of problems in dental health.