In today’s world of social media, we love getting clicked. White perhaps will be the only shade that looks great with the smile. Teeth whitening is amongst most sought-after option in cosmetic dentistry.
There are many MYTHS surrounding whitening & they are linked with many questions.
IS IT BAD FOR TEETH? DO IT AT HOME OR PROFESSIONALLY? DOES IT ACTUALLY WORK? HOME REMEDIES? DO WHITENING PRODUCTS REALLY WORK?
YELLOWING OF TEETH?
Teeth can acquire stains from tea/coffee, wine, smoking, lipsticks etc. Medications like tetracycline, developmental tooth deformities, trauma to teeth also cause discoloration of teeth. Genetics also play a role in the determination of your tooth color. Over the time discoloration becomes more evident and can cause embarrassment.
DO WHITENING PASTES WORK?
This would be great example displaying the “not so honest” face of the marketing industry. Most Dental professionals do not recommend these kinds of products as they have little or no effect at all. Any kind of bleaching agent requires minimum 20 minutes of intimate contact with teeth. Bleaching agents in toothpaste form cannot be controlled and may adversely affect your gums. We warn you “not to be fooled” by such products. In conclusion, these products are the same as most regular toothpaste but instead, may higher abrasive content wearing down teeth to create an illusion of whiter teeth.
HOME REMEDIES FOR TEETH WHITENING?
There is a lot of content on this topic on the internet. These remedies “do not work”. They may adversely affect your teeth & gums creating new problems like cavities, sensitivity and mouth burns.
GETTING TEETH PROFESSIONALLY WHITENED?
It is the most rational choice to make. A well trained & certified Dentist is only the right person to correctly bleach your teeth & get you your “WOW SMILE”. The latest advancements include the LASER for teeth-whitening – “Power Bleaching”. Depending on the case requirements, the Doctor would suggest you respective whitening options [In Office Bleach or Home Bleach]. Improvements up to 10 shades can be achieved. Dentists take proper care in protecting your vital oral structures, ensuring a safe & effective procedure with long-lasting effects. Approaching untrained or non-certified professional is putting oneself at big health risk.
It is a very safe & minimally invasive procedure for obtaining a dazzling smile. Rarely some patients develop a mild sensitivity for few days, which can be effectively managed. The American Dental Association (ADA) has a good standing on safety & effectiveness of teeth whitening procedure.
A dazzling smile is priceless. A good smile helps you to look younger, confident & radiant. Many individuals after smile makeovers land up getting life-changing opportunities like their dream jobs, promotions etc. A beautiful smile can open doors to a whole new world with unlimited possibilities.
Dr.Manthan Desai MDS
Smiles Dental Clinic-Centre For Advanced Dentistry, Mumbai.