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Teeth Whitening - FAQ

This is likely the most common question when it comes to teeth whitening! While teeth whitening can provide instant results, it’s important to understand that the effects aren’t permanent.

Many people choose at-home whitening for its affordability. However, it’s recommended to have your teeth whitened by a dentist first and then follow their instructions. It’s also not recommended to do more than two consecutive at-home whitening treatments.

After cleaning your teeth, a dentist will administer a strong whitening gel that has a greater peroxide content than over-the-counter treatments. The whitening process can be sped up by activating the gel with a specific light or laser. Usually, the complete process takes one to two hours.

Dentists use professional-grade materials which produce superior results. However, only dentists can oversee the procedure and assure safe application which has faster and more dramatic whitening outcomes.

Yes, yellow teeth can definitely be whitened again! For yellowing caused by neglecting regular cleaning, teeth whitening is a great option. However, if the yellowing stems from issues like tooth decay or enamel erosion, dental treatment is recommended first.

 

Professional whitening by a dentist is considered the safest option as the dentist controls the process and monitors your teeth for any sensitivity. However, at-home whitening with dentist-approved products and following dentist recommendations can be safe for most people.

Because teeth whitening is a popular dental procedure, it’s easily incorporated into dental tourism packages.

Due to high costs in developed countries, some people seek teeth whitening in developing countries with good dental care infrastructure and a reputation for medical tourism. For instance, teeth whitening in the USA can range from $500 to $1,000 per session, while Mexico offers excellent dental services at significantly lower costs. Similarly, Europeans seeking affordable options might consider Cyprus, where fees are lower than in countries like the UK, where professional whitening can start from £500.

There isn’t a single “best” method for teeth whitening, as the ideal choice depends on your individual needs and priorities.

Because teeth cleaning is necessary before whitening, having it done at the dentist is recommended. Dentists achieve faster and more dramatic results using professional-grade materials. However, at-home whitening kits are a more affordable option.  It’s important to consult your dentist before using a home kit for the first time.  They can provide instructions to ensure safe and effective whitening.

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to “which teeth whitening works best” because it depends on your priorities and situation. If budget isn’t an issue, as mentioned above dentists achieve faster and better results. Dentists will also always clean teeth before whitening and they will check for dental problems like cavities or gum diseases which are very important to treat before whitening.

Unfortunately, there’s no permanent teeth whitening solution. Treatments address stains on the enamel, but these can return over time due to factors like poor oral hygiene, consuming staining foods and drinks, smoking, and even aging.

Getting your teeth whitened can be an effective way to brighten your smile, but there are some things to consider before deciding if it’s right for you. First, there are at-home and in-office whitening options available to suit your budget and preferences. However, it’s important to have healthy teeth and gums before undergoing any whitening treatment. Moreover, people with certain dental conditions or restorations might not be good candidates for at-home whitening.

The quality and safety of the procedure depends on the dental professional you choose. The dentist’s experience and qualifications are very important factors for your safety so you should look for someone who specializes in cosmetic dentistry and has experience with teeth whitening procedures. The most common side effects are tooth sensitivity and gum irritation. In very rare cases, throat or stomach irritation may occur. Uneven whitening is a risk with at-home treatments due to potential inconsistencies in applying the whitening material.

What you need to know about Teeth Whitening in Cyprus Limassol

In Office Teeth Cleaning and Whitening

It is simple and fast one-visit procedure which consists of 4 cycles of bleaching material application that is activated by using a UV light during each cycle. During this procedure, the first thing to do is to isolate the soft tissues so only the hard tissues (teeth) can be shown. The bleaching material is applied all over the fontal teeth surfaces. The approximate working time is an hour followed by 5 min fluoride application to relieve the possible teeth post-treatment sensitivity.

Home Bleaching Technique

Is an also a simple procedure where the dentist take an upper and lower impressions that are used afterwards to fabricate the bleaching custom made trays. These trays are then given to the patient that are going to be used as a “host” for the bleaching material always after the dentist instructions and demonstration. The bleaching gel is stronger and tends to be more effective. Patient is recommended to use these trays from an hour up to the whole night during sleep. The procedure it usually takes 7 to 30 days.

Combination of bleaching techniques

This may also be known as “power” teeth bleaching. Here, the home and office teeth whitening treatments are used in combination to obtain the desired result. The home bleaching stage may occur before or after office treatment, depending on the type of product used

Internal Bleaching Technique

Is a very easy and painless procedure that is only be used by the dentist on a discoloured endodontically treated tooth. The gel of the bleaching material is placed inside the tooth. During this procedure the dentist drills on the posterior part on the tooth an access hole where it can reach the endodontic material filled the root canal and be able to remove approximately 0.5-1mm and applied the bleaching material. Then the tooth access hole is covered by a temporary filling. The material stays there approximately for a week and afterwards is been evaluated by the dentist. In case that the result is not the desired one the procedure may repeated. When the tooth reach the desired shade tone then the tooth is restored closing the access hole by composite and sometime for even higher esthetic results a ceramic veneer may be recommended. Occasionally, internal bleaching needs to be combined with other whitening techniques to achieve the desired effect.

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