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Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening

Whitening is the restoration or lightening of the natural tooth color with the help of chemical agents to remove tooth discoloration.

Tooth discoloration is caused by deposits on the tooth surface. Mainly caused by the consumption of coffee, tea, red wine, mouthwashes, certain medications and excessive tobacco consumption.

On average, whitening makes teeth at least 1 or 2 shade levels lighter. To what extent the teeth can be whitened also depends on the age of the patient and the degree of discoloration of the teeth. It is quite possible that the teeth will become up to 5-6 shades lighter.

After tooth whitening, the patient should refrain from coloring food and luxury goods such as tea, coffee, red wine and tobacco for 48 hours.

There are a total of four different whitening methods.

In-office bleaching: This treatment is carried out in the dentist's office with a highly concentrated bleaching agent and usually lasts an hour. The results are immediately visible. After tooth whitening, the patient should refrain from coloring food and luxury foods for 48 hours.

Home bleaching: For teeth whitening at home, the dentist takes an impression of the patient's teeth, with which a thin plastic splint is made individually for the patient. The plastic splint is filled with a bleaching gel (low dose) at home and worn overnight. During the treatment, the patient should refrain from coloring food and beverages for at least five days.

Combination of in-office bleaching and home bleaching: The combination of in-office bleaching and home bleaching is the most effective tooth whitening method. If the patient notices a discoloration of his teeth after a certain period of time, he can use the individually made plastic splint to whiten the teeth in the comfort of his own home.

Internal whitening: Root-treated teeth can darken from the inside over time. This is where internal bleaching comes in. In this case, the filling in the tooth is removed and a mild bleaching agent is put into the tooth.