Common Questions About Teeth Whitening

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is also called dental bleaching. In basic terms, whitening of tooth restores the natural color of the tooth and bleaching improves the white color of the natural tooth.

When is tooth whitening done?

Many times you might have felt that your teeth are not up to mark in terms of aesthetics. When you smile or laugh, your teeth don’t look the best. In this case you can visit our Las Vegas Dentist especially a cosmetic dentist who will examine the hue, color and shade of your teeth. According to the results you may be advised to undergo teeth whitening procedure.

What is tooth discoloration?

Tooth discoloration occurs either due to staining on the tooth or due to the changes in the tooth material with time. “Yellow teeth” is a very common name for tooth discoloration.

What are the causes of tooth discoloration?

Causes of tooth discoloration are quite common. These factors include foods, drinks, tobacco use, poor dental hygiene, dental diseases, and dental materials, side effects of some medicines such as doxycycline and tetracycline, age, genetics, trauma, and environment. Most of these factors are very common among us.

How do coffee and tea affect teeth?

Most of us know that coffee and tea provide energy and freshness to the body. But every food has its own pros and cons.

Similarly when coffee and tea are consumed more than recommended amounts they cause tooth discoloration. Bottled tea which contains sweeteners is known to erode the tooth material. This increases the risk of occurrence of dental cavities also known as dental caries.

Dental caries is the most common dental disease occurring in human beings across the world. Tannic acid, present in the tea and coffee which is responsible for the darkness of the liquid causes stains on the tooth.

How does smoking affect teeth?

Smoking which is considered a slow-killer for the smokers not only effects many parts of the body but also affects the tooth. Smoking affects the mouth and slowly the affects spread throughout the body.

Smoking irritates the palate and tissues of mouth. Smoking affects the mouth severely and can even lead to oral cancer. Oral cancer is considered to be one of the most harmful cancers since it can easily spread throughout the body.

With smoking the gums lose their vascularity and become spongy like and are prone to gums disease and periodontal disease. This can leads to tooth loss. Also smoking leads to bad breath (halitosis) and staining on teeth.

What is the procedure of teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening can be done at Las Vegas Preferred Family Dentistry. In the dental office a special type of UV light is used to activate the bleach and expedite the whitening process. This technique is called light accelerated or power accelerated bleaching.

The source of light is chosen in such a way that it excites the peroxide molecules without damaging the tooth. Blue light spectrum is considered the best spectrum of light for this hydrogen peroxide reaction. In this technique, the soft tissues around the tooth to be whitened by the power accelerated bleaching are covered with a light curable resin.

Then hydrogen-peroxide gel is applied. The in office procedure takes about 1 hour to complete. You need not worry as this procedure is not painful.

Depending on how sensitive your teeth are and the type of staining, Dr. Jafarifar may recommend home whitening procedure. This kit will help you to whiten your tooth in the convenience of your home. Most of us know about the common whitening agents which can be used at home very easily.

Some of them are tooth pastes, gels, rinses, chewing gums like orbit, mouth fresheners which keep bad breath away indirectly keeping teeth clean. High concentration and low concentration gels are the two types of whitening gels which can be used at home.

High concentration whitening is very effective and can be done in a short time. Carbamide peroxide is used in this. The agent is applied on the tooth and left on for a few minutes. With the low concentration agents it takes about five to fourteen days to whiten your teeth.

What is internal bleaching?

Internal bleaching is a procedure that is used to whiten a single tooth that has become dark due to trauma and has undergone root canal therapy.

After the root canal is completed the bleaching agent will be placed inside the tooth and replaced one or more times to reach the original shade. Once the shade is satisfactory the bleaching agent will be removed and the final restoration will be placed in the tooth.

This procedure is usually done on single front tooth that has discolored and has a root canal but is not in need of a dental crown.

How to keep my teeth white?

Maintaining the natural white color of teeth is very essential and you should be concerned about it. There are many natural ways of keeping teeth white. Use malic acid or crush few strawberries and then apply them on teeth and keep it for sometime.

Yes, you will surely be tempted to eat the strawberries but need to control the temptation otherwise you will never succeed in keeping your teeth white and shining. Sodium bicarbonate can also be used but you need to use it carefully in the recommended amounts otherwise it can lead to roughness to the teeth.

You can squeeze lemon and apply it with a brush. This will make your teeth shine more than before. White teeth give you confidence in your social life thus creating more networks around you.

Who performs the whitening procedure in a dental office?

It is required by the Nevada Board of Dental Examiners that a licensed dentist performs this procedure. Dental assistants and trained staff can also assist the dentist to perform the whitening.

What are the side effects of teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening has positive as well as negative effects. You should know the side effects of the products you are using to whiten your teeth. Many times when whitening agents or gels come in contact to your mouth they cause sensitivity to the lips, tissues and gums.

So you should take care and have adequate information regarding the products and procedure. Sometimes after or during the in office whitening procedure there can be slight burns on the lips and tissues in the mouth.

Teeth whitening is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women since the gel can be swallowed and cause teeth anomalies in the baby. Enamel in the tooth can be affected by the hydrogen peroxide concentration.

How much does tooth whitening procedure cost?

In office teeth whitening procedure costs $500 on average. A home whitening kit costs on average about $250.