What is dental whitening?

Teeth whitening lightens the shade of the teeth. This technique involves using hydrogen peroxide. This bleaching agent crosses the enamel and penetrates the level of the dentin, which allows the tooth to be lightened.

In fact, teeth whitening will NEVER give a whiter shade than your natural tooth.

How is dental whitening carried out?

Since 2012, the European Union has limited the concentration of hydrogen peroxide to 6% in dental offices and to 0.1% for products sold in supermarkets and pharmacies. In Turkey, we are not subject to this constraint. However, be sure to carry out this type of intervention by dental professionals with the necessary safety standards (wearing of ultra-violet protective glasses in particular and laser / ultra-violet lamp checked regularly). < / em>

As you can see, only care given in a dental office is really effective.

Products sold commercially or used in “smile bars” by non-professionals have more of a placebo effect on the patient than anything else.

Note that there are 2 uses of dental whitening: for aesthetic care (with a hydrogen peroxide level limited to 6%) and for medical care, such as to treat the whitening of devitalized teeth (and in this case , the rate of hydrogen peroxide can go up to 35-40%).

Once the hydrogen peroxide is applied to the teeth, a laser is applied to enhance the action of the gel via a photochemical action.

What time should be expected in the clinic for this type of care?

For effective whitening, it takes 1 hour of care, distributed as follows:

  • application of 40% hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 first session of 25 minutes under laser
  • application of a new layer of 40% hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 second 25-minute laser session

Who is teeth whitening for?

This treatment, which aims to correct the shade of your teeth, is used for essentially aesthetic reasons. It can be a question of correcting a coloration due to aging, in the repeated contact of the teeth with external products inducing a change of color ( tobacco , coffee , tea , and more generally food and colored drinks ), but also to causes such as drugs, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, after an intervention on the dental canal or just a shock.

When not to use money laundering?

As a good healthcare professional, we will check that you do not have hypersensitivity or cavities because hydrogen peroxide must not enter the pulp at the risk of causing pulpitis.

Likewise, patients with weak gums (bleeding when brushing their teeth) and other forms of periodontal disease cannot benefit from teeth whitening.

Is it effective?

Effectiveness is proven, but depends on the initial shade of your teeth! If you had yellowish teeth from tobacco or colored drinks (like coffee, tea, sodas) you will notice a real difference.

On the other hand, if you have teeth whose shade tends towards brown (after medical treatment with tetracycline for example), you will not get much satisfaction from it.

How long does a whitening last?

Again, everything depends on your lifestyle: if you drink coffee very regularly, you will benefit from your bleaching for 1 year or even 18 months at best. Otherwise, 5 years after having achieved dental whitening, many of our patients are satisfied.

Warning : dental whitening acts on the enamel of your teeth, it is recommended to space dental whitening at least 2 years .