Aesthetic Dental includes a series of dental treatments from different areas (prosthetics, orthodontics, implantology, surgery) and aims to improve the appearance of the dental patients and hence it is also known as ‘interdisciplinary therapy’. It includes several techniques such as: whitening, teeth faceting (either composite or ceramic facets), dental bonding, dental jewellery, dental tattoos, dental remodelling, orthodontic treatments etc.
Teeth whitening is done in order to obtain a lighter shades for teeth. It gives good results on stained or devitalized teeth, teeth with intrinsic discoloration (tetracycline administration in childhood) etc. Today there are a variety of ways by which a patient can whiten teeth. But those methods are recommended where there is control of the dentist in order to avoid the occurrence of complications (like uneven discoloration, damage to the surrounding gum).
There are two established methods that can achieve professional teeth whitening. The first method involves trays (plastic device that fits the dental arch) which ware applied to the patient in the evening before bedtime. It contains a gel of carbamide peroxide which helps in tooth whitening. The patient has to place these trays on his teeth before sleeping for 5-7 days. This period of treatment depends on the results that are intended to be obtained. During this time the patient has to make regular visits to the dentist.
The second method is much faster and more comfortable for the patient. In this case the gel containing hydrogen peroxide is applied on the patient’s teeth for teeth whitening. The quantity of hydrogen peroxide can vary between 6 and 38%. The whole process of bleaching is divided into three sessions, each lasting 20 minutes. Apart from these two methods, dental veneers are one of the best permanent solutions for teeth whitening. It is a quick and effective way to make your front teeth look in great shape, size and colour.
Are there any side effects?
There are cases when there are some unpleasant effects like gingival irritation. Another unpleasant effect is uneven discoloration of the teeth. This occurs when the patient has only the natural and artificial teeth have got a shade whiter. Teeth whitening process used in excess, can cause irreparable damage to teeth. Treatments tried at home, with lemon or sodium bicarbonate can cause damage to lungs and should be avoided. Apart from it, there are no major side effects from teeth whitening. However, you should keep proper care of your teeth after the treatment to ensure that remain white and healthy for a long time.