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Teeth whitening

Dentistry ever since it came into being has been doing greatest service to humanity. Be it addressing painful tooth,  jaw bone issues, functionality of teeth, infected gums, swollen faces, Stinking mouth, dryness in mouth, Hot and cold sensitivity and other life threatening issues.

From the requirements of emergency issues dentistry has been serving humanity on need basis. This need based services have saved people from agonizing situations like, all of sudden jaw pains, throbbing excruciating tooth ache, fractured teeth and jaws, all these have had been well addressed and timely served.

As the advances happen new innovations for people to cherish, for people to enjoy and for people to sleep relaxed were introduced, worked, applied and enjoyed by masses.  This revolution made dentistry to change from NEED BASE to WANT BASE protocol. Now with the advent of most reliable and most satisfying concepts, technology is parallel tool to help humanity enjoy this kind of achievement. Among all these new concepts, besides dental implants, we have now cosmetic dentistry tools being advocated for patients needs; patients’ confidence and overall stature of well being with regard to dentistry as a facilitator in providing any wish full treatment..

So my dear readers   let me take a privilege to introduce you the most wanted and sought after option – Teeth Whitening  or Teeth Bleaching.

Teeth whitening is in fact the very inner wish of every human soul, like maintaining oral hygiene is very religiously thought and adopted by everyone. However, every community had different ideas of maintaining oral hygiene practices. This concept is the essence of dentistry. Recognition of this basic need is all how dentistry came into existence. so teeth whitening modified the ways people want their teeth to look great, to look whiter and to enhance smile. Teeth whitening is specialized procedure which is done in two ways, both ways only dentist can help.

1. Home bleaching

Let us talk about Home bleaching..

Here patient  is not happy from the looks of teeth (in terms of colour, shine and cleanliness). The dentist examines the patient, evaluates and gives patients a set of treys ( which are patient specific) and one bleaching kit ( which contains a special gel ) to be used by patient at home for about 7-8 days ( regularly for night time).  By doing this patient slowly starts noticing the effect from brownish discoloration to lighter shades. If the results is not significantly visible in 8 days,  patient needs to continue for another week and it starts showing. Home bleaching is safer and can be done anytime by patients after consulting dentist. Avoid over the counter available whitening agents. Bleaching is not scaling. Bleaching helps change the shades while as scaling only removes ugly deposits from teeth. Yes bleaching should be preceded by scaling. This technology is fruitful for frequent travelers, business person, ladies who cannot visit dentist frequently, and those who are confined.  It brings confidence to help maintain oral hygiene as well. However, it has been seen people lose patience not seeing results immediately, and in that situation they don’t do home bleaching practice regularly, thereby don’t benefit from it.

2. Office Bleaching

This method of teeth whitening is most trusted, result oriented and immediate. This method requires patient to sit with dentist for one and half hours. Here this method is used with a specialized equipment which is Light Activated or Laser Activated. Here a dentist after examining a patient applies preventive measures, Isolates teeth, applies gum protecting gel, and paints a specialized whitening gel. Activates it either with specialized light or laser equipment. it is purely dentist’s choice. Before the procedure starts dentist records the existing shade or colour of teeth to make the comparison afterwards. This office bleaching is done in two to three cycles of ( 15-20 minutes intervals) and patient on chair itself starts feeling results. This method does require only short period of time and you get immediate results, plus the result gets better and better in next 48 hours. During this period patients are advised not take any colouring agent (spicy foods, coloured juices any coloured tooth paste).  Patient is given Hydrogen Peroxide mouth rinse to enhance the whitening. After bleaching, you are supposed to maintain this effect by:

1.            Regularly brushing teeth

2.            Dental flossing.

3.            6 monthly visits to Dentist

Have a Nice Smile

Dr. Mohammad Shafie is  Diplomat Implantology..ICOI,  Mastership in Cosmetic Dentistry. Columbia University