Teeth whitening or teeth bleaching is the cosmetic procedure of whitening the white colour of one’s teeth. This is because teeth are perceived to be the most visible aspect of a person’s appearance, affecting his way in dealing with other people. In some cases, teeth whitening Adelaide has even been associated with finding a love partner, as they are believed to help improve one’s appearance and personality. But what happens during teeth whitening? How does it work? When and how should one go about having this done?
The first thing that happens to apply the in-office whitening treatment is that the dentist will use a gel onto the teeth. The gel is made up of special bleaches made to react with the natural chemical elements found in one’s teeth to produce the desired results. Whitening can take from a few hours up to a few days, depending on one’s teeth’ condition and gravity, which determine the amount of time it will take. For example, those with deep-seated cavities may need to have in-office whitening treatments more than those with cavity-free teeth, which can take only a few hours. Sometimes, to reach the desired results, more than one session of in-office whitening is needed.
Another essential thing to note is that while all types of teeth whitening are considered safe, it is best to talk to your dentist first before undergoing any teeth whitening Adelaide procedure. Some many different gels and bleaches are known to cause side effects in individual patients. For example, although proven to be effective in removing stains, some products can also cause sensitivity to the soft tissues in the mouth. This causes a burning sensation or discomfort, sometimes mild enough to only feel mild pain around the gum line. On the other hand, sensitive teeth may experience a burning sensation when the bleaching gel is used. However, this discomfort usually goes away after a few hours and does not negatively impact one’s eating or drinking habits.
Since tooth sensitivity causes most tooth sensitivity cases, the mouthpiece trays used during in-office teeth whitening Adelaide procedures should be made of materials that are not too abrasive or harsh. The trays are usually made of dental floss to ensure that the teeth whitening gel used is not too harsh to the sensitive teeth. Also, since sharp teeth may develop abrasions or gum pockets during in-office bleaching, it is important to keep the mouthpiece tray in place, particularly when one forgets to put it in the mouth. Good oral hygiene is also important in preventing such complications.