A snow-white smile: the pluses and minuses

  • 2010-05-12

Probably everyone dreams about a snow-white, dazzlingly beautiful smile. This is why an increasing number of people decide to go for a dental bleaching. The reasons for this decision can be both the existing problems with the color of teeth, and the desire to demonstrate one’s success in life.
Let’s try to understand the advantages and disadvantages of this procedure.

Whitening teeth by using toothpastes
To make the tooth enamel lighter, people use toothpastes with a whitening effect. However, one should not expect miracles from them. The whitening effect may be much less significant than you wanted.

Toothpastes can make your teeth brighter in two ways: mechanical and chemical. The advantage of the mechanical method of whitening is the fast result. The minus of these pastes are their abrasive additives, which may cause damage to tooth enamel. The essence of the chemical bleaching method is using a paste with active admixtures, which split the dark pigmented spots on the teeth. One of the most remarkable pluses of this method is its efficiency - the use of modern bleaching additives, such as pyrophosphate and the enzyme papain, can whiten teeth without damaging the enamel. A negative point: if the paste contains hydrogen peroxide, in some cases the enamel sensitivity may increase.

It is worth mentioning that today almost all the existing whitening toothpastes bleach by more than one method. They contain both mechanical and chemical substances. If your tooth enamel sensitivity increases after using whitening toothpaste for some time – you should stop using it immediately. Even if you have no problems with your teeth, take a break after one month of using the whitening toothpaste.

Teeth whitening in the clinics
It is better to start dental bleaching with a consultation with a dentist who can pick the method that is suitable for your teeth and minimize the possible disadvantages of this procedure.
Bleaching of teeth is carried out via mechanical means as well as using high concentration gels and a catalyst (accelerator). The catalyst can be: special ultraviolet lamps, lasers, chemical compounds. Bleaching can be external and internal. Internal bleaching is used in case of injury and changing the color of a separate tooth by means of injecting the gel into the dental cavity.

The disadvantages of this procedure are:
• Possible allergic reactions to substances in the drugs.
• Fillings and crowns cannot be bleached. Therefore, to achieve the desired effect they must be replaced, and then you should constantly upkeep the bleached state of your teeth.
• Tooth enamel might get harmed by using products that contain abrasive components.
• Increased tooth sensitivity as a reaction to chemical substances in the bleaching materials. For example - hydrogen peroxide.
• One should repeat dental bleaching procedures (shortened) to maintain the new color of teeth.

In addition, there are some contraindications. Dental bleaching is not recommended for nursing mothers, pregnant women, children, in case of serious problems with teeth and in the process of their treatment.

• The compliance of the real teeth color with the dream leads to increased confidence in yourself and your attractiveness.
• Dental bleaching in clinics does not take much time. Visible changes can occur within a few hours.
• In clinics the patient also receives other dental services.
As you can see, dental bleaching, like any other procedure, which influences the body, has its pluses and minuses. Therefore, it is important not to harm your health while striving for beauty.