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Pearly White Smile: Teeth Whitening


There are a lot of questions about teeth whitening floating around the Internet.

Why my teeth are yellow?
Is whitening bad for my teeth?
How white my teeth will get after?
How long will the whitening last?
Are there natural remedies?

We are here at the Grand Arcade to answer all your questions, and discuss how whitening can affect your oral health!

Why do teeth turn yellow?
Teeth naturally darken as we age. In addition, following are the reasons contributing to darker, yellowed, or stained teeth.
1. Dark Liquids such as Tea, Coffee and Soda
2. Cigarettes and smoking which have toxic and dark tar
3. Poor and inadequate brushing leading to excessive deposits of stains and plaque
4. Grinding teeth which can lead to cracks and dark spots
5. Ingesting antibiotics such as Tetracycline by kids under 8 years of age
6. Tooth trauma, such as being hit very hard. Tooth will die and discolour
7. Genetics

Is teeth whitening bad for my teeth?
No, there has been no evidence that the enamel of the tooth is harmed. It does not make the teeth any softer nor does it change the surface of the tooth. Bleaching gel opens up the internal channels of the tooth. This allows the bleach to penetrate the tooth and whiten. This may cause a little sensitivity , but this is not a long-term side effect. To prevent this it is best to use a bleach with a de-sensitiser in it.

How white will my teeth get?
Teeth whitening can change a tooth’s colour by several shades, meaning teeth that are more stained or discoloured won’t whiten to the same degree as teeth that were whiter originally. However, it is best to have realistic expectations before undergoing any whitening treatment.
Not all whitening treatments are equally effective on all people, and not all teeth will whiten to the same degree.

Is teeth whitening safe for teeth with fillings or bonding?
Yes, it is. Existing fillings, bondings, bridges, veneers, and crowns will be unharmed by any whitening you have done. However, keep in mind that whitening will not whiten a filling or crown or other restoration; that will remain the same colour it was before you whitened. Whitening may only remove any existing stains on the restorations but it will not change their original shade.

Is teeth whitening permanent?
I get this question all the time. Teeth whitening is not permanent. We cannot put an end to the daily wear-and-tear that breaks down or stains our enamel. You are hardly going to stop drinking coloured beverages or stop ageing. If you want lasting results, you will have to dedicate time for a thorough oral hygiene routine and watch what you eat and drink.

What about natural whitening remedies?
You may be wondering about natural remedies popular on social media, like using hydrogen peroxide or lemon juice. These remedies Do Not work. Moreover, using these may leave unrepairable damage on your teeth. Hydrogen peroxide disrupts the ratio of good to bad bacteria in your mouth. Ecxessive use of fruits like lemons or strawberries for whitening also hurt your teeth. The acids eat away your teeth enamel. — This is a permanent damage.

Professional teeth whitening
We at Grand Arcade Dental Surgery can help whiten your teeth. Our bleaching gel offers brighter, whiter teeth in less than one hour in the dental chair. It is chemically activated, so it starts working as soon as it is placed on your teeth. It doesn’t require a hot, uncomfortable light to work. It is administered in a safe, dentist-supervised procedure. First your gums are protected with a barrier to ensure that teeth whitener does not damage the gum line. Then we apply 2-3 cycles of whitening gel. One to two shades of bleaching is typical.

Which products you use for teeth whitening?
We at Grand Arcade Dental Surgery use polaoffice+,  37.5% bleaching gel which offers brighter, whiter teeth in less than one hour in the dental chair. Our gel consists of potassium nitrate which is one of the best anti-sensitive agent.

Am I a Candidate for Teeth Whitening?
You may be a candidate for professional teeth whitening if you are experiencing discolouration, but otherwise have healthy teeth and healthy gums. As a precaution pregnant patients are not candidates for professional whitening.