Dental whitening procedures in Bali are very popular and can really enhance and brighten up your smile.
However whitening of teeth is not for everyone. The dentist must first make a thorough oral inspection of the patient before the all clear to go ahead. If the dentist agrees to go ahead and whitens your teeth without this oral inspection, beware.
Once the all clear is given then whitening is performed and the effect of the results can be life changing for the patient. Beautiful sparkling teeth and white enlightening SMILE :)) ... giving confidence and a new spring in the step of the happy individual.
What is Teeth Whitening?
Dental whitening treatment is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed by dentists today. The reason being that it can greatly improve the aesthetic look of your teeth and cost of whitened teeth is relatively low.
However whitening teeth may not be a one time procedure and may need to repeat from time to time if you want to maintain the bright white colour. If all conditions are ideal a whitening treatment can last for up to 3 years without the need to repeat.
This all depends on various aspects of lifestyle, oral hygiene regimen and age.
How our teeth get stained or go 'off white'?
The natural colour of your tooth is created by the scattering and reflection of light from the surface of the enamel (the outer layer of the tooth) together with the natural colour of the underlying dentin. Thinner enamel will allow more of the dentin colour to show through.
Everyone is different. Our genes affect the smoothness and thickness of the enamel which effects the reflection and light scattering properties of the enamel and therefore the colour.
The most common reasons for teeth discolouration and staining are:
- Tobacco use
- Intake of dark coloured liquids such as coffee, red wine, and cola.
- Age. The enamel becomes thinner as we age and dentin becomes darker.
- Bad oral hygiene
The whitening procedure works most effectively on extrinsic (outer surface) stains (yellow stains)
Intrinsic stains (grey or black stains) such as caused by too much exposure to fluoride as a child while teeth were developing or use of tetracycline antibiotics are much harder to overcome with whitening methods.
If heavy staining is present other methods such as bonding or veneers can mask the tooth stains.
Whitening Treatment Procedure
a) Full inspection will be needed first to discover if there are other dental areas that need work on before the teeth whitening, since some conditions can affect the success of the procedure. For example holes or cavites should be completed before whitening since the solutions used in the whitening process could reach the inner parts of the tooth. (Also remember the whitening treatment will not work on a tooth that is not a natural tooth.) That is it is not effective on veneers or crowns.
b) Next, a full teeth cleaning will be performed to remove any substance build up, loose food, the film of bacteria etc, after which the whitening process can begin
c) First your gums will be covered and protected with a substance... and then the whitening agent will be applied directly onto the teeth.
The dentist will then activate the whitening agent by shining a special light source onto your teeth.
After whitening Care:
Some people may experience teeth becoming more sensitive or mild gum irritation after a whitening treatment. This should only last for a short while.
Please note that pregnant women should not have their teeth whitened.
The practice of good oral hygiene is very important if you want to preserve the whitening effect of your treatment.
Also to help preserve the whitening effect use of home maintenance products such as whitening toothpaste and mouthwash can be used.