Teeth Whitening for Men and Women

teeth whitening

Teeth whitening or dental bleaching is a series of cosmetic dentistry procedures, performed to reduce teeth stains which ultimately results to bright and brilliant white teeth. There are several dental bleaching methods available for clients. These methods include bleaching strips, bleaching pen, laser bleaching and natural bleaching. Even dentures can be bleached with the use of bleaching denture cleaners. Dental bleaching can be performed in dental clinics, health spas, beauty centers and at home. Typically the effects of dental bleaching last for several months but may vary depending on the person’s diet and lifestyle. Smoking and consumption of dark colored beverages such as coffee, red wine and tea can significantly reduce the whitening effects of dental bleaching. Some medications like liquid iron and tetracycline can also cause teeth stains.

Safety of dental bleaching in professional salons

Consumers are given several dental bleaching options with varying costs and price range. It can be performed at dental clinics, mall kiosks and professionals salons. Safety is the first priority when performing this procedure at any setting. It’s best for clients to have a thorough dental examination from a dentist before committing to a certain dental bleaching procedure. Dentists can help identify dental health risks and they can also recommend the ideal bleaching procedure that suits the client’s condition.

Results of Teeth whitening

Results are achieved gradually, over a series of laser bleaching treatments. May cause minor side effects such as tooth sensitivity and gum irritation

How long does dental bleaching take?

Depending on the dental bleaching method used, a typical teeth whitening procedure takes approximately ½ hour to complete. Dental bleaching results vary, but majority of clients begin to notice results instantaneously. Results will last for 6 months to a year, depending on whether you drink a lot of red wines or foods that may be high in colour and will stain the teeth. Diet and Medication does play a huge part in the health of your teeth. Maintenance touch-ups can be done every 4 to 6 months, or at least twice a year.

Teeth whitening aftercare

  • Minimize consumption of colored beverages such as coffee, red wine, cola and tea for the next 6 months. For the next 24 hours you must not consume any food that will discolour a white shirt.
  • Avoid citrus fruits and fruit juices for the first few weeks after dental bleaching, these items can increase tooth sensitivity.
  • Smoking cessation, nicotine collects on the teeth and cause staining.
  • Practice good oral hygiene regularly

Teeth whitening contraindications

Clients who are not permitted to have dental bleaching include:

  • Clients with severe dental fluorosis
  • Clients with severe tetracycline staining
  • Clients with plastic and peroxide allergies
  • Pregnant women
  • Breastfeeding mothers

Reasons to have teeth whitening

  • Bright, beautiful and whiter smile
  • Teeth whitening is easy, painless and inexpensive
  • Improves physical appearance, making you more attractive
  • Boosts self confidence

Ideal age to have teeth whitening

The safe and ideal age to have dental bleaching is 16 to 18 years old and upwards. Children and younger clients are more prone to dental bleaching side effects such as tooth sensitivity, gum irritation and hypersensitivity reactions to bleaching products.