Cosmetic DentistryTooth Whitening
This is the absolute must of an attractive smile
It is a completely safe technique which does not cause any harm to the teeth. It can create a temporary sensitivity (which completely disappears by the end of the whitening}.
Before the whitening, the cleaning and polishing of the teeth is required. During this procedure, smoking, coffee red wine etc.are completely prohibited.
Office whitening for one hour with a specialized product (OPALESCENSE X-TRA from ULTRADENT) that is activated with a LED light source. Whitening with lazer light is not recommended. The results are temporar, the temperature of the teeth is highly elevated.
Alternatively a product that doesn’t need activation from a light source (OPALESCENCE X_TRA BOOST from ULTRADENT) can be used.
If the in office whitening is not performed, the patient must use the special splints for 2 hours. Daily for at least 10 days (some years ago the patient had to wear these splints for 15 days and during all night).
After the in office procedure, the patient uses at home special splints-matrices for 2 hours daily and for 5 days .
The in office whitening procedure is not recommended by itself without the use of whitening splints at home.
When only in office whitening is performed, the results tend to be more temporar and not long lasting, the final result is not as good, especially for smokers and coffee users.
WARNING: The commercial-OTC products are intended only for the maintenance of the whitening (toothpastes, varnishes, whitening tapes).
When is tooth whitening performed?
When the teeth are yellow, dark, grey, with stains
When we are born with yellow teeth
When teeth become darker after the use of antibiotics, e.g tetracycline., or after chemotherapy
When consuming daily coffee, tea, red wine, coca cola, cranberry juice.