Whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures because it can greatly improve the appearance of your teeth.
The outer layer of a tooth is called the enamel and the inner and more yellow layer is called the dentin. The colour of natural teeth is created by the reflection and scattering of light off the enamel, combined with the colour of the dentin under it.
Thinner enamel allows more of the colour of the dentin to show through and it also contains pores that can hold stains. Tooth whitening lightens teeth and also helps to remove stains and discoloration.
The most common reasons for teeth to get yellow or stained are:
It is also possible to have stains inside the tooth. These are called intrinsic stains and can be caused by exposure to increased amounts of fluoride, as a child, while teeth are developing. Other causes include trauma and antibiotics if taken by a mother during the second half of pregnancy or by a child who is 8 years old or younger.
Tooth whitening is most effective on surface stains, called extrinsic stains.
Whitening is unlikely to cause any serious side effects, although some people’s teeth may become more sensitive for a short period of time and you may also get mild gum irritation. Women should not have their teeth whitened during their pregnancy. The effect of the whitening materials on the development of the foetus is not known and since the procedure is cosmetic, it should be postponed until after delivery.
Here, at Garvey’s Tower Dental, we will provide you with:
Did you know?
5 important facts that patients need to know before getting teeth whitening: