As you grow older, your teeth naturally darken. If you drink a lot of tea, coffee, red wine or other foods or drinks with powerful coloring, your teeth may discolor earlier in your life. Another common cause of discoloration is smoking, which causes your teeth to be yellow. Cavities, fillings and tartar also contribute to their discoloration. Currently, there are many products that whiten our teeth and can help to clarify and recover that target they had before. Generally, these products contain hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. When these chemicals break down, oxygen enters the hard outer surface, or enamel, of the teeth and whitens them. The duration of bleaching effects will be different for each individual and can range from a few months to three years
There are several options for whitening your teeth. On the one hand, we have the purchase of dental whitening kits to use in your own home but these don’t last and you will end up with dark teeth again soon. On the other hand, you can visit us if you are looking for more professional whitening. It is always advisable to attend the dentist first to do a dental checkup before performing any type of process on your teeth. In addition, you should keep in mind that bleaching will not work if you have dentures, veneers, crowns or fillings, but our dentist can replace them if they are discolored by newer ones.
You should also make sure that your gums are in good health. If you have undergone a treatment of reticular ducts in any of your teeth, you may suffer discoloration. To alleviate this process, it is possible to apply the whitening inside the tooth. In case you have any type of disease in your teeth, you should always be treated before undergoing any whitening treatment. There are even cases in which whitening is not recommended. For example, this process is not usually recommended for pregnant or nursing women.
Each patient responds differently to the application of dental whitening so that three parameters (light, time and concentration) must be combined in an individualized way for each patient in order to perform a safe, comfortable treatment, while at the same time obtaining a Fast and long lasting tooth whitening effect, but estimated approximate duration is between 18 to 24 months.
For this reason, during and after treatment, it is advisable not to smoke, maintain proper oral hygiene and not rinse with chlorhexidine based mouthwashes. Also avoid dark drinks (tea, coffee, red wine and soft drinks), frozen or acidic beverages (pineapple, kiwi and citrus), red fruits (cherries, blueberries) and green vegetables (broccoli, spinach), colored sauces (Bolognese, soy sauce) and foods with food colorings (saffron, curry) at a too hot temperature.