Even in a busy shopping street you can have your teeth whitened, in an hour, it no longer represents anything, it seems. Yet there are things to take into account when it comes to bleaching, you want whiter teeth, but you don't want your teeth to become weaker due to bleaching, or you suddenly have a pedestrian crossing in your mouth because certain discolorations do not bleach. A dentist is present in some of those bleaching shops, but not in many.
The first option remains to consult your own dentist. He or she knows your teeth, knows the history of your teeth and the weak spots. Your dentist can also inform you in advance about the specific result that you expect.
Bleaching of living teeth and molars (external bleaching) / What should you take into account?
- The type of discoloration determines which treatment you need.
- Crowns and fillings were not included. This means that after the bleaching process, fillings that are too out of place now will have to be replaced. Renewing a filling is only possible two weeks after bleaching, otherwise the filling will not adhere well to the tooth.
- If a crown has ever been chosen too lightly in the first instance, whitening may be an option to adapt the other teeth to the crown. If a crown is already on the dark side, then it will stand out even more after bleaching.
- Blue-gray discolorations caused by old amalgam fillings do not disappear due to bleaching. (These discolorations must be ground away and filled with white filling material.)
- The gray color of a dead tooth also hardly disappears due to external bleaching. (This discoloration can be bleached internally.)
- If there are many irregularities in your enamel, the result after bleaching can be quite spotty. However, this usually disappears after a few days.
- Bleaching is temporary, after some time the discolorations will return and will have to be bleached again. In that case, a single treatment is usually sufficient. You can store bleach in the refrigerator for about two years. The expiry date is stated on the tube.
- Everyone has their own, very personal tooth color. There is a limit to the whitening of your teeth, not everyone will turn them white. If you go "across the border" with too long bleaching, your enamel will be damaged and the natural gloss layer will disappear. Your teeth will then look like chalk crayons.
- About a week after bleaching you will only see the end result.
If I have whitened my teeth, will they always stay whiter?
With bleaching you go back in time a few years. Food and drink continue to have their influence, so after a few years the teeth become darker again. If you save the bleaching spoons that the dentist has made for your teeth, you can pick up the color again quite easily and without much cost.
Do the teeth darken faster than the others?
The surface structure of your teeth determines how quickly discolouration will settle. For people whose teeth discolor quickly (despite not smoking), polishing often helps well. The testing of different toothpastes can also do no harm, where you have to watch out for special "smoker's position paste" that often contains a lot of abrasive. The rougher you sand the tooth surface, the more often you have to clean it.
Home bleaching method with spoons made by the dentist / What are the preparations for treatment?
Before you can bleach your teeth, your dentist will tailor bleaching spoons. Bleachers are for sale in the store, with which you can make bleaching molds yourself, but they will not fit exactly and will leak bleach while wearing. To make molds, your dentist makes two impressions of your teeth. One from the top and one from the bottom. The prints are sent to the dental laboratory, where the molds are vacuum-drawn over your dental models. This gives exactly fitting bleaching spoons.
Is the treatment painful?
Not at all.
How often do I have to come to the practice?
Once for the bites, making the prints. A second time for explanation and sharing of the bleaching material and the bleaching spoons. A final time for follow-up and possibly applying a fluoride gel.
What inconveniences can I expect during treatment?
You may find it uncomfortable to wear the spoons, one has a tendency to fallow faster than the other. Do not put too much whitening gel in the spoons, a thin layer is sufficient.
So you do the treatment yourself at home. Preferably at night, that is the easiest. You fill the whitening spoon with a thin layer of gel, place it over your teeth and go to sleep with it. In the morning you rinse your mouth and the bleaching spoon with water. Do not brush immediately, wait an hour with this.
Which additional objections can I expect?
After whitening, his teeth and molars are sometimes super sensitive. There is a special gel that your dentist can apply to prevent sensitivity after bleaching. Ask for this during treatment. You can also brush after whitening with a toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
Alternatives and pros and cons
An alternative to bleaching could be the application of (many) facings. Bleaching is preferred, it is a simpler and less expensive treatment. If you have other restorations in your mouth that negatively influence the result of bleaching, for example crowns, then facings are a good alternative. You can thereby blur the color transition from the crown to your own teeth, creating a more balanced image.
With rapid bleaching, a lamp is used to make the bleaching process (much) faster. Your own dentist can do this, bleaching salons in the city usually use this method as well. The advantage is clear, your teeth will whiten very quickly. There are also disadvantages. Because the bleaching agent used in combination with heat is more effective, you are more likely to have sore gums and sensitive teeth afterwards. Moreover, the color is not easy to determine immediately after the end of the treatment; you will only see the final color after about a week. It is generally promised that the color is entirely satisfactory after one treatment, in practice it appears that many people do not agree with this and that a follow-up treatment is necessary.
What are the preparations for treatment?
If all goes well, the first step is to find out whether bleaching will yield the desired result. Usually a picture of your teeth is made to be able to compare your current tooth color with the new color after bleaching. Your teeth will be polished. Because fairly aggressive bleaching agents are used during this treatment, protection of your gums and lips is necessary. Your lips are greased and your gums are protected by means of cofferdam or a special plastic layer that is brushed on your gums.
What inconveniences can I expect during treatment?
During the treatment, a cheek tensioner is often placed in the mouth to keep the lips aside, which can be a bit tricky. The whitening gel can give a stimulating feeling. The total treatment takes about two hours, in some practices you can meanwhile listen to music or watch a movie.
Bleach is applied to your teeth with a brush or gauze soaked in bleach is placed on the teeth. Your teeth are illuminated with a special lamp. This process is repeated a few times, each time with new bleach. Immediately after the treatment your teeth are whiter than the end result, this is due to dehydration. If the "final photo" is currently being taken, it will give the wrong impression.
Waiting room bleaching
Waiting room whitening is an intermediate form between home bleaching and quick bleaching. It is a bit faster than bleaching at home and the result is better to steer than with quick bleaching. With this method too, suitable spoons are made on your teeth. The dentist fills them for you with a whitening gel that stays in the spoon for half an hour to an hour while you read a magazine in the waiting room. The result is then assessed and the process repeated. This method is especially useful if certain elements in your teeth need to be bleached more than others, your dentist can steer this fairly precisely under these circumstances.