Is Whitening Teeth Harmful?
High color pigments of tea, coffee, cigarettes, wine, and similar products consumed in daily life may cause a color change in your teeth over time. This color change occurs as a slight yellowing and over time, they can settle on the teeth and become stubborn stains. Our teeth whitening services can be listed as laser teeth whitening for dental aesthetics, home-type teeth whitening, office-type teeth whitening, teeth whitening with silicone spraying, tartar cleaning, and polishing. There is no harm. It would not be appropriate to guarantee other whitening methods available on the market. Although many whitening methods do not harm human health, they can cause irreversible damage to dental health. For example, lemon and baking soda, which promise teeth whitening in one session at home, may cause permanent wear on teeth by oxidizing. This is an extremely risky situation for dental health. Teeth whitening is a frequently preferred method to lighten the color of the teeth, clean the residues on the teeth by spraying, and obtain a more aesthetic smile. So, is whitening teeth harmful?
Since teeth whitening and polishing means that the teeth is exposed to a certain level of chemical or laser light, many people may be wondering if this type of procedure is harmful. In Prof. Dr.Birkan Özkan’s clinic, we use, high-tech devices and we carry out bleaching and polishing processes using materials approved by the Ministry of Health. Teeth whitening is unharmful when applied correctly under the control of your dentist and does not cause irreparable damage to your teeth. Teeth whitening with a laser is recommended by a dentist. Also, teeth surfaces should be transparent, clean, and clear with basic tartar cleaning and polishing before the laser teeth whitening process. The laser must be kept at the appropriate level to the tooth, and the required amount of gel must be adjusted correctly, and the gums must also be protected during the laser procedure applied to the teeth, all procedures require professionalism.
How Much Can the Teeth Whitening Process Lighten the Color Tone of the Tooth?
It would not be wrong to say that a conventional tooth whitening process can lighten the tooth color by four or five tones in 15 minutes. The teeth whitening that is performed starts with a specific chemical applied to the teeth. The process of bleaching the tooth is not just about the bleaching of the upper layer of the tooth. It is related to the removal of the enamel color. Therefore, the special gel used opens the pores on the enamel layer, which displays the teeth their color. The opened pores allow the bleaching process to reach the enamel and to perform a deep whitening process. What is done here is the bleaching process that reaches the inner layer through the pores lightens the liquid in the enamel.
As one would expect, when the pores or holes on the tooth enamel expand in this way, the impact of the food we eat or the cold/hot air we encounter on the teeth may result in excessive sensitivity of the nerves. Therefore, patients may experience sensitivity problems for 2 – 3 days after teeth whitening. Therefore, dental treatments can be implemented with some tooth-protective and desensitizing agents.
When Does Sensitivity Pass After Teeth Whitening?
It takes two or three days for the sensitivity experienced after teeth whitening to disappear. It is recommended you consult your dentist about the sensitivity problem if it affects you for a longer period.
What Should Be Considered After Teeth Whitening?
To prevent the return of dark colors after teeth whitening, it is recommended to stay away from products like coffee, tea, wine, cigarettes, and cherry juice that have a yellowing effect due to nicotine and tar. Furthermore, it is frequently recommended to carry out regular oral care and to pay attention to the daily brushing routine. Quitting smoking to reduce tooth discoloration may have incredibly intense effects.