Teeth Whitening: Professional Or Ambulatory?
Professional teeth whitening
The passage of time and certain foods can cause our smile to lose attractiveness because our teeth lose that whitish tone that we all want. Tea, coffee, wine and tobacco are some of the culprits of this happening. Fortunately, this situation has a remedy thanks to teeth whitening.
Teeth whitening is a technique of dental aesthetics that is based on a chemical process whose objective is to clarify the pigmentations of the surface of the enamel of the teeth, in such a way that the color of the teeth is clarified, even in several tones.
It is a simple procedure in which hydrogen peroxide is spread in the enamel and dentin of the teeth to form molecules that reflect less light, thus creating a new whitening layer.
But, what type of teeth whitening is the best?
There are several types of whitening treatments, although the place where they are carried out allows us to differentiate them into two groups: those that are performed in the dental clinic and those that are carried out without needing to be in it. At Dentix, therefore, we talk about professional teeth whitening and ambulatory whitening.
Professional teeth whitening:
It is the fastest procedure since only 1 or 2 sessions are needed. For proper performance, the gums must be protected to prevent irritation. Once they are protected, the whitening gel is extended by the teeth and, subsequently, photoactivation is carried out, that is, a cold light is applied on the teeth that makes the treatment finish quickly and successfully.
Of course, it is essential that, prior to the application of the light, precautions have been taken to avoid damaging the patient’s eyesight.
Ambulatory tooth whitening:
It is a less effective option, since its performance outside the clinic implies that the concentrations are lower. For its application a splint is necessary in which the patient will apply the whitening gel during the indicated time and the period prescribed by the dentist.
This type of whitening may also be complementary to clinical whitening.
What is essential to know is that, whatever the procedure performed, it must be the dentist who, in each case, reaches an agreement with the patient about which is the most appropriate.
And after the whitening, what?
Once the whitening is done, it is advisable to follow a diet known as “white diet”, which is, as far as possible, avoid during the following 24 – 48 hours the intake of foods that can pigment or To stain the teeth such as coffee, tea, red wine or red fruits.
Now, it is necessary to remember that tooth whitening does not replace daily oral hygiene habits and that it is not effective without them either. Moreover, in addition to the recommended brushing and rinsing after meals, it would also be advisable to do so after drinking coffee, tea or wine. In this way, we managed to counteract the great capacity of pigmentation that these drinks have.