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Teeth Whitening Procedures

A smile is something that someone notices about you and it may be good to find them look brighter and whiter with teeth whitening creams and others. It is teeth whitening procedures that restores the natural color of teeth as well as bleaching them. There are many reasons that teeth may become discolored, and there are professional procedures as well as home procedures that may help to whiten your teeth.

Adult teeth are darker that the deciduous teeth that children have. The reason why teeth change color is that the mineral structure in the teeth changes and also the enamel becomes less porus. Some acidic foods, bacterial pigments, antibiotic medicines as well as dark colored food can cause the teeth to be discolored.
Intristic stains are found within the structure of the teeth that may be caused by aging or trauma while extrinsic stains are on the surface of the teeth only. It is the microscopic cracks on the enamel that fills the teeth with debris and stains.

A combination of procedures is used by dentists when it comes to in office bleaching such as laser light and gels. Teeth will generally be examined and cleaned initially, and tooth color will be discussed, using a shade chart. A cheek retractor is inserted, a hardening resin is painted on the gums to protect them from the bleach, and bleaching gel is applied for 15 to 30 minutes.This gel is suctioned or rinsed off, and fresh gel is again applied for 15-30 more minutes. the laser light is used in order to activate bleaching agent used. $650 is the cost of treatment for the procedure.
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Over-The-Counter Or Dentist Supplied Whiteners – These whiteners are used at home, and can be toothpaste, whitening strips, whitening trays or bleaching pens, and usually contain baking soda, carbamide peroxide, or hydrogen peroxide. To scrub stains from the enamel the toothpaste containg abbrasives for removing them. Many of these products do work, yet will not produce the results of a professional bleaching, because the active agents, such as peroxide, do not remain on the teeth long enough to whiten a great deal, unless used often.
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Natural Bleaching – Some fruits and vegetables contain malic acid, which is an organic compound, and may help to whiten teeth. The baking soda may be used as a mild abrasive to scrub out the stains.

The primary risk to your teeth from whitening is damage to the enamel. Using whitening products excessively, or brushing too hard, and too often, may damage the enamel of the tooth, exposing it, which will lead to tooth sensitivity.

There is always the risk of ingesting hydrogen peroxide and that is why nursing and pregnant women should not use it. It is good to have realistic expectations when undergoing this procedure.