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Tooth Whitening or Dental Bleaching

Every one of us wish a white, healthy smile. Tooth Whitening or dental bleaching is the fastest growing and most common procedure in  cosmetic dentistry. This is not a new, modern invention, as tooth whitening is being practiced by people from as early as Roman civilization where urine and goat milk was used to keep the teeth white!

There are a variety of reasons for the discoloring of adult teeth. Teeth of kids are often found to be whiter and brighter. As we grow up, we tend to neglect our teeth resulting in different oral problems. Adult teeth often becomes darker due to certain changes in the mineral structure. Another reason may also be that due to phosphate deficiency, the enamel becomes less porous. Bacterial pigments present in food can also darken the color of your teeth. Ingestion of tea, coffee, tobacco, wine and other colored drinks like cola causes discoloration of teeth.

There are many remedies for such a condition, both home remedies and professional treatments. There are home tooth-whitening kits, gels, creams and toothpastes available in the market. A home tooth-whitening kit generally contains carbamide peroxide, a bleach that is capable of removing both deep stains, as well as surface stains.Then there are some kits where a peroxide-based gel is applied to the surface of the teeth using a small brush. Whitening strips are also available in the market which are to be worn for two- three minutes daily for a week, or so. Different whitening toothpastes are now available in the market which may be of some use also. However, you must be careful while using chemical tooth whiteners on your teeth if you have had some kinds of dental works like crowns, bonding, implants, etc. Consult your dentist  before you plan to use any such whitening products.

Apart from these, natural, organic way of getting whiter teeth is to use apples, celery and carrots as they act as natural stain removers. They help to maintain a a fresh breath by killing bacteria and Malic Acid present in apples are found to give a whitening effect to the teeth. Another age old home remedy is to use baking soda on your teeth to get a whiter smile.

There are many professional procedures to get white teeth nowadays. Check your teeth properly by a dentist before you continue to take a cosmetic teeth whitening treatment. Light -accelerated bleaching or Laser bleaching and internal bleaching are the most common form of teeth whitening treatment in cosmetic dentistry. Different types of energies like halogen, plasma arc or LED is used for Laser bleaching and it takes thirty minutes to one hour (approximately) in a single visit to the dentist. Internal Bleaching is done on teeth that have undergone endodontic treatments (like root canal, etc.) and brightens teeth from inside out.

There are various side effects of teeth whitening using chemicals like burns from chemicals, pain for sensitive teeth and increased sensitivity, etc. So, consult your dentist and take a proper guide so that you do not harm the health of your teeth and your gums in the process.

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