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White teeth today are a symbol of youth, beauty, success and health. This beauty ideal is regrettably difficult to attain, however, because the natural whiteness of our teeth is influenced by many habits. Bleaching offers a simple and risk-free method of fulfilling your long harboured wish to have that perfectly white smile.
Colour pigments from various foods and beverages, such as cola, tea or coffee, are deposited on the surfaces of our teeth and can even infiltrate the enamel. Further negative influences include smoking, specific illnesses or prescription medication. Natural aging may also result in a somewhat darker tooth enamel colour.
Brushing your teeth cannot remove stains. Dental hygiene treatment in our office effectively removes only superficial stains. Really good results can be obtained only by professional bleaching.
The first step is a thorough examination by your dentist and subsequent dental hygiene treatment. Then impressions of your upper and lower arch are made to produce an individual bleaching tray. This bleaching tray is filled with bleaching gel and is worn for several hours.
The patient wears the tray filled with bleaching gel 3-4 hours per day or night. The complete treatment lasts 6 to10 days, depending on the progress. The treatment can last somewhat longer in case of heavy staining or dark colour caused by intake of prescription medication.
Young children, pregnant women, nursing mothers and patients with chronic gum inflammation and/or periodontitis (alveolar bone loss) are excluded from treatment.
No, bleaching is effective only on natural teeth. Crowns and/or fillings retain their original colour and may need to be renewed.
Bleaching may last from one to four years. Habits such as diet, smoking, age and, of course, dental care play a decisive role. Patients keep their individual bleaching trays and can decide to freshen-up the bleaching at any time.
Regular and efficient dental hygiene at home is vital. This is supplemented by professional dental hygiene treatment in the office. Should the teeth get darker despite these efforts, bleaching can be repeated at any time.
There is a range of over-the-counter bleaching products. The effectiveness of such products is questionable and experts do not recommend their use. Bleaching trays are not custom-made and do not fit properly so that the bleaching gel can damage the gums. And lastly, only your dentist can determine if bleaching is to be recommended in your case and offer custom-made bleaching trays.
Numerous studies in the last decade have shown that professional bleaching in a dental office does not represent any hazard to dental health, existing fillings or the mucous tissues. A possible side effect is a temporary sensitivity to heat and cold, which disappears after the completion of the bleaching treatment.
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