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Advice/Everything you need to know about teeth whitening

Everything you need to know about teeth whitening

Dentists have been doing what has been known as "non-vital" teeth whitening for many years. Whitening of non-vital teeth is done on damaged and blackened teeth that have undergone root canal treatment.

Whitening "vital" teeth is done on healthy teeth and has been gaining popularity in recent years. It can be done at the dentist or the dentist can show the patient how to do it at home. In addition, there are many whitening products at merchants.

The products offered are not all the same and do not all give the same results. In addition, different products, including those used by dentists, can present various risks and side effects.

Here is an overview:

Whitening toothpastes with abrasive ingredients are not whitening products, their action is only on stains on the surface of the teeth. They are sold in many stores.

Some whitening toothpastes contain a chemical ingredient (or "whitening agent") that causes a chemical reaction to make the teeth brighter. In general, they contain very little "whitening agent" and do not whiten teeth as well as more powerful products, but they have fewer side effects. It is used like ordinary toothpaste by brushing your teeth and then rinsing your mouth.

Store-bought bleach kits include products that stay in contact with the teeth longer than toothpaste and contain a stronger "bleach". These products do not offer the additional protection you get from the dentist while he is watching for any side effects. In addition, they are presented with a single-size gutter used to contain the "bleaching agent" and capable of letting the chemical run into the mouth.

Dentists can use products with a stronger bleach, but they give patients specific instructions to follow. In addition, they are trained to detect and treat the side effects that patients sometimes report during whitening. And if a gutter is needed to apply the “bleaching agent”, dentists offer a custom one. Because the products used by dentists are powerful, they generally give better results.

It is good for patients to know that the use of whitening products can, in the long term, make teeth sensitive or damage them by abrasion.