Tooth whitening and methods


Teeth get darker over the years – and there are several reasons for it. Food and drink color the teeth, as well as tobacco. Even disease can be the cause of discoloration. In recent years it has become popular to bleach their teeth, usually with bleach in gel form. The options are to do the treatment at home or at dental care. However, the recommendation is to be first examined by a dental hygienist or dentist. Bleaching their teeth should be a pleasure and not an unpleasant experience. Therefore, do only treatment with trained dental staff who have knowledge about treatment options and risks. If you have a denture in your teeth or thin enamel, teeth whitening is not for you – even if you sniff, smoke or wait for children. Before teeth whitening is possible, dentists must fix any holes and remove discoloration and tartar. You will not be happy with the result otherwise.

Treatment on reception takes about 60 minutes. If you choose to perform teeth whitening in your home, a denture or dentist must first make a casting of your teeth. The casting is filled with bleach gel and is used up to two hours a day, alternatively at night. After treatment experiences many discomforts of infections and irritated gums, it usually disappears within a few days. Within the next few days, blueberries and red wine – or food and drink with strong colors everywhere – should be avoided as far as possible. The treatment is relatively simple, therefore the results are successful. Brown and yellow teeth are particularly easy to bleach. On the other hand, it is more or less impossible to bleach teeth that are discolored by metal or teeth with damaged dentures, that is, injured paws.

Tooth whitening is a chemical process. The bleaching agent turns discolored substances into less colored substances by breaking through the enamel and the dental bone, or the dentin as it is called. The most common method is to use gel containing carbamide peroxide, alternatively hydrogen peroxide. Using pale flakes contains the gel also fluorine and potassium nitrate, claiming that it reduces the risk of icing during ongoing treatment. Strict rules restrict the content of bleach to six percent hydrogen peroxide, also apply to the corresponding power levels of agents other than hydrogen peroxide. Tooth whitening agents may only be used by the age of 18. Dentists take care of the first treatment – dental hygienists can complete the treatment under the supervision of the dentist.

Examples of preparations used for teeth whitening are

• Whitening toothpaste
• Bleaching gels
• Disposable strips

The majority who bleach their teeth are satisfied. The result is mainly due to the origin of the tooth, the type of discoloration and how long the teeth were discolored. The most common thing is that the teeth will remain white for one to three years – and there is no research that proves that it would be dangerous to bleach their teeth on a regular basis. Many, however, get irritations in the teeth and irritated gums – but there are concerns that disappear within a few days. Do you want to bleach your teeth? Remember to consult a dentist before making a decision, otherwise there is a risk of disappointment. It is not everyone who can, or at least not, should bleach their teeth and it is necessary to find out if one can do it or not. Among other things, it is about how thin the enamel is on one’s teeth.