Bleach

White teeth are beautiful and used to be a sign of good oral hygiene. Today, it is one of the beauty ideals and is a frequently requested treatment at the dentist. Whitening your teeth is also possible within our practice.

There are two methods for whitening your teeth within our practice.

The first method involves taking impressions of your teeth. These impressions are then used to make close-fitting bleaching trays. You can fill these bits with bleaching gel at home. This gel spreads into the bits over your teeth. This way, you can decide when you want to whiten your teeth.
The gel has some less aggressive ingredients, so the bleaching method will have to be repeated several times. You yourself can decide how white you want your teeth to be.

The second method is more comprehensive and is supervised by a specially trained assistant/prevention officer. She will accurately and incrementally agree on the color and polish the teeth. A gel is then applied that acts faster than the DIY version. Hence the oversight. A special lamp is used to activate the gel, which whitens the teeth. Upon completion, cleaning is done and you can admire a white smile right away. The treatment takes about an hour.

Each method has its advantages and disadvantages.

The advantages of the do-it-yourself method is that you can schedule your own time. You spend a one-time fee for the manufacture of the bits and can purchase additional gel according to the relatively cheaper gel.You can decide which and how many teeth to whiten. A disadvantage is that you do not have professional guidance who may be able to advise you personally on the method, effect and consequences of use. You are responsible for performing the bleaching method correctly.

The advantages of the supervised method is that a professional closely monitors the treatment. She can advise or educate you on the various consequences of bleaching. Also, during whitening, your teeth are also thoroughly polished. You will walk out of the practice with whiter teeth. Downside is the higher cost. Note: The front (upper and lower 8 to 10 teeth) is bleached with this method.

For both methods, you should refrain from drinks, foods and other products containing harmful substances, acids and dyes that may affect the color of the teeth for a few hours after treatment. You should think of coffee, tea, red wine, licorice and cigarettes/

Questions

The more you consume cigarettes, coffee, wine and the like, the faster your teeth will discolor. You should realize that the bleaching treatment has made your teeth slightly more porous and therefore will lose their shade faster. This applies to both methods.

Some insurers will reimburse it, others will not, or only partially. If you want to be sure, you will have to contact your own insurer.

No, unfortunately not. Crowns and fillings do not color with them. Please keep this in mind. If you have cavities you would do well to have them filled before bleaching. Similarly with the placement of a crown, bleaching must be taken into account.

Yes, your teeth have just been processed with an aggressive substance. Any contact with gums or weakened areas may cause irritation or hypersensitivity.

You should not smoke, drink tea, coffee and red wine for at least 24 hours after treatment. If you do, the dyes in these products will affect the color of your teeth.