Articles on teeth whitening

If and But's of Teeth Whitening

Dr. Swasti Jain, Dentist
What is tooth whitening?Tooth whitening can be a very effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surface. It cannot make a complete colour change, but it may lighten the existing shade.What does tooth whitening involve?Professional bleaching is the most usual method of tooth whitening. Your dental team will be able to tell you if you are suitable for the treatment, and will supervise it if you are. First the dental team will put a rubber shield or a gel on your gums to protect them. They will then apply the whitening product to your teeth, using a specially made tray which fits into your mouth like a mouthguard.The ‘active ingredient' in the product is usually hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. As the active ingredient is broken down, oxygen gets into the enamel on the teeth and the tooth colour is made lighter.Why would I need my teeth whitened?There are a number of reasons why you might get your teeth whitened. Everyone is different; and just as our hair and skin colour vary, so do our teeth. Very few people have brilliant-white teeth, and our teeth can also become more discoloured as we get older.Your teeth can also be stained on the surface by food and drinks such as tea, coffee, red wine and blackcurrant. Smoking can also stain teeth.‘Calculus' or tartar can also affect the colour of your teeth. Some people may have staining under the surface, which can be caused by certain antibiotics or by tiny cracks in the teeth which take up stains.What are the side effects?Some people may find that their teeth become sensitive to cold during or after the treatment. Others may have discomfort in the gums, a sore throat or white patches on the gum line. These symptoms are usually temporary and should disappear within a few days of the treatment finishing.If any of these side effects continue you should go to your dentist.

Teeth Whitening

Dr. Deepak Balaji, Dentist
              Bleaching or teeth whitening is a simple, painless way to make your teeth whiter and brighter.How long does whitening last?                                                                                                                                   Teeth whitening will last for upto 12-24 months depending on the lifestyle and the type of teeth. For some people,drinking lots of coffee and red wine can cause the teeth to get darker. A combination of good dental care including brushing and flossing and regular visits to the dentist will increase the length of time that whitening can last.A top up treatment can make the teeth look beautiful.                 What are the side effects of whitening?                                                                                                                       Most people experience some kind of sensitivity either during and/or after the initial treatment.This should settle down after approximately 48 hours though.                                                                                                                                                 How Does Bleaching Work?                                                                                                                                       The bleaching gel releases oxygen into your teeth to deeply penetrate them and break down stains.The bleaching gel will be removed, and the process will be repeated 2-3times. The process will take about an hour and a half.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                When it’s complete, you’ll be amazed with how bright your teeth are!                                                                                                                                                                                    

Teeth Whitening

Dr. Vijay Deshmukh, Dentist
What is tooth whitening?Tooth whitening can be very effective way of lightening the natural color of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surface. It cannot make a complete color change, but it may lighten the existing shade.What it is used for?There are number of reasons why you might getvyour teeth whitened. Everyone is different and just as our hair and skin color vary so do our teeth. Our teeth become more discolored as we get older. Your teeth can also be stained on the surface by food & drinks such as tea,coffee,red wine and black-current. Smoking can also stain teeth. Calculus and tarter can also affect the color of your teeth.What does teeth whitening involve?Whitening can be done in dental office or at home. Professional bleaching is the most usual method of tooth whitening. Your dental team will be able to tell if you are suitable for the treatment.Firstly, the dental team will put a rubber shield or gel on your gums to protect them. They will then apply whitening product to your teeth using a specially made tray which fits into your mouth like a mouthguard. The active ingredient of the product is usually hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide as active ingredient broken down, oxygen gets into the enamel on the teeth and the tooth color is made lighter.For whitening at home your dentist can make a tray to hold the whitening gel that fit your teeth precisely. Home whitening gel usually needs to be applied daily for two or three weeks.When tooth whitening might not work?Tooth whitening can only lighten your existing tooth color. Also it only works on natural teeth. It will not work on decayed teeth or any type of false teeth such as dentures, crowns, veneers.How to maintain newly whitened smile?Over time exposure to foods,drinks(especially tea,coffee coals) and tobacco will gradually darken your newly whitened teeth. Here are some tips to maintain your newly whitened teeth.Use whitening tooth paste to remove surface stains and prevent yellowingBrush or rinse immediately after consuming stain causing beverages or foods.Depending upon whitening method you may need touch up in six months or after a year or two. If you smoke or drink a lot of coffee you may need a touch up more often.

Teeth Whitening: - Do’s /Don’ts

Dr. Vijita Mehta, Dentist
After you have your teeth whitened you want to follow the after-care instructions to ensure that you do not have to go back every three months to correct the problem. One teeth whitening procedure may be all it takes – if you follow the instructions given by your dentist. There could be many reasons why your teeth were stained prior to the treatment and avoiding these reasons for at least the first 24 hours is able to ensure that you’re not back in the office within a couple of months.Instructions for After-Care• Do not smoke for at least 12 hours, 24 if you can help it. There are many ingredients inside cigarettes that are able to stain the teeth – especially in the 24 hour time period after treatment. • Eat only white foods. This is a rule of thumb since you do not want to go out and eat bright red tomatoes that might stain but rather stick to white chicken, pasta, potatoes and cauliflower. • Do not drink coffee, tea, soda, colored juices or red wine. Any of these deeply colored drinks can stain the teeth. Water is the best to drink for the first 24 hours after whitening. • Do not put lipstick or lipgloss on during this time. Lipstick is a known cause for staining teeth since the color is semi-permanent. • Do not use an at home whitening kit on your teeth for at least a month or two, and if you decide to use one after this time – be very cautious since you can weaken your teeth and may over-whiten. • Rinse your mouth after each meal to ensure that you do not leave staining food and drinks in your mouth for too long. • Brush and floss regularly to ensure that you remove harmful buildup that could be staining your teeth. This is also good oral hygiene and can keep your teeth whiter for a longer period of time. • Use a straw as much as possible when drinking anything. This minimizes contact from the liquid to your teeth which can minimize staining. • Sensitivity can happen, although uncommon for the first one to two days after the procedure. Brush your teeth until the sensitivity goes away. If you have previous dental problems such as cracked, missing, broken teeth or cavities, sensitivity from the procedure can be intensified so it is recommended that you have these problems fixed prior to the teeth whitening in Antioch process.Speaking with your dentist about this procedure will give you more information regarding having it done that is custom to your unique needs and the severity of the staining on your teeth. The dentist is able to provide valuable information, make you feel more comfortable with the procedure and allow you to understand what to expect once the procedure is completed.

Bespoke Smiles With Teeth Whitening.

Dr. Ragini Parmar, Dentist
A smile speaks volumes about your personality. Most smile makeover dentists in South Mumbai recommend teeth whitening to enhance your smile. A perfect shade of pearly whites can do wonders for your confidence. Whether you're looking for teeth whitening services in South Mumbai, Pune or any other city, it is important to consult a dentist before choosing any treatment. Remember Ross's teeth whitening blunder from an episode in Friends? You do not want to end up with a set of teeth brighter than headlights.Teeth whitening services cater to a variety of people. From smokers wanting to undo the staining of teeth caused by smoking, to socialites whose smile is worth a million bucks to the paparazzi.Dental ConsultationA dental examination is the first step to determine if teeth whitening is suitable for you. An X- ray is taken to zero in on the cause of teeth discoloration. A Vita Shade Guide is used to document your pre whitening shade and to monitor the effectiveness of the whitening session. Whitening options are discussed according to the skin tone and teeth shade of the patient. There are two common types of Professional teeth whitening.Professional In-office Teeth WhiteningIt is a dentist supervised procedure and provides faster results in a shorter span of time. The treatment is completed in an hour.The dentist secures the gums and bleaches teeth using a whitening gel with a higher concentration of peroxide. Additionally, a laser could be used for better results.Professional At-home Teeth WhiteningThis process is carried out in the comfort of your home. It gives slower results over a longer period. Depending on the degree of discoloration, the results take two weeks to a several months. The frequency of the treatment can vary and will be determined by the dentist.Carry home trays are custom-made based on impressions of a patient's teeth.Whitening gel containing lesser concentrate of peroxide is inserted in the tray and slipped over the teeth by the patient.At the end of a session, the trays are removed, the extra gel is brushed off and the mouth is rinsed.This process is so simple that it can be conducted in your car during a 30-minute drive.It is a comparatively inexpensive treatment.Teeth Whitening Services: Post-care StepsTo increase the life span of the teeth whitening treatment, smoking and consumption of sugary foods, coffee, wine, and other staining agents like haldi are to be avoided. Let’s avoid having the colors of the rainbow on the teeth.Some patients may experience sensitivity post whitening. In such cases, the dentist usually prescribes toothpaste for sensitive teeth.If the pain is intense, a dental follow up is recommended.Apart from the above-mentioned procedures, there are several methods for whitening teeth using home products. Stay tuned to know more about home remedies for whiter teeth.by DR RAGINI PARMAR

All About Teeth and Oil Pulling

Dr. Swasti Jain, Dentist
For the record, a regular oil-pulling routine should not replace routine dental visits and traditional at-home oral care. Oil pulling does not reverse the effects of tooth decay, and it’s important that patients are made fully aware of that. That being said, I do believe that it is a great supplemental therapy. The phrase “oil pulling” comes from the process of the oil being “worked” in the mouth by pulling, pushing, and sucking it.Here’s how to do it:Put about a tablespoon of oil in your mouth.Swish the oil around your mouth for about 15-20 minutes.Spit out the oil, then brush your teeth.If you use coconut oil , then you may have to chew on the oil for a minute or so to let it melt, because it is solid at room temperature.It is best to do this on an empty stomach, before you brush your teeth. I prefer to do it while I take a shower in the morning.TOP  BENEFITS of oil pulling: WHITENS TEETHThere is no need for chemical teeth whitening strips when oil pulling works just as well! The oil possesses natural antibiotic and antiviral properties that brighten and cleans teeth, keeping them pearly white. Try it for two weeks and you will see difference.Oil pulling is highly effective at reducing tooth cavities and at eradicating bad breath. Removing the Streptococcus mutant bacteria (an important player in tooth decay) as well as other microorganisms, oil pulling is great for oral health. It also helps with plaque-induced gingivitis.Kills bad breathHeals bleeding gumsPrevents heart diseaseReduces inflammationSoothes throat drynessPrevents cavitiesHeals cracked lipsBoosts Immune SystemImproves acneStrengthens gums and jawWHY ONLY COCONUT OILBecause coconut oil has been shown to:Balance HormonesKill CandidaImprove DigestionMoisturize SkinReduce CelluliteDecrease Wrinkles and Age SpotsBalance Blood Sugar and Improve EnergyImprove Alzheimer’sIncrease HDL and Lower LDL CholesterolBurn FatBecause it is highly absorbable, you can experience many of these benefits simply by oil pulling!** “Oil pulling will not and cannot loosen properly placed crowns or fillings. "** Within one week, most people notice a cleaner mouth and change in their breath. Within a month, some people have experienced dental repair or healthier gums.** Because you spit out the toxins that are “pulled” out when swishing, there should not be any harm in oil pulling while pregnant. In fact, it can be a soothing way to clean your teeth if you experience any gum sensitivity.2. PROMOTES ORAL HYGIENE

10 Habits That Harm Your Teeth!

Dr. Ami Sukhija, Dentist
Are you damaging your teeth without knowing it?? While some of these habits can do immediate damage to your teeth, some may add up over time and cause greater harm. Find out what these are and put these bad habits to rest.Thumb-Sucking: Children between 5-6 yrs of age , who suck on their fingers or thumbs after their permanent teeth start coming can cause changes in their teeth alignment or jaw structure permanently. Its important to wean these children off their habit.Get a control on those ACIDS: People who drink a lot of acidic beverages or suck on lemons often can experience erosion of their enamel slowly which may lead to sensitivity and other dental problems. Brushing Too Hard: Brushing is part of good oral hygiene, however if you brush vigorously you can cause wear of enamel , irritate your gums, make your teeth sensitive or cause cavities. Normal pressure while brushing is advisable and a proper technique if adopted can give you perfect results.Jaw Clenching/ Teeth Grinding: For some people, stress triggers clenching of jaw or teeth grinding. Micro-fractures can result due to this and weaken you teeth or damage any dental work done in your mouth. If it happens more during the night , one can get a night-guard made to break off the habit.Crunching on ICE: Ice cubes may seem harmless but the cold temperature and the hardness can cause serious damages. Remember even your blender needs special blades to crush ice... Don't test your teeth with them Teeth are not TOOLS: Don't use them for ripping off tags from clothing / opening packets  or opening bottle caps they can unknowingly cause damage to your teeth .  Don't park your pencil between teeth: Holding you pen/ pencil / bobby pins etc. between your front teeth often can cause notches on your teeth's edges over a period of time .Biting on nails:  Regular biting of nails on your teeth not only harms your nails and skin but can cause damages on the edges of your teeth too. Using toothpicks: When used carefully, they can help, if used aggressively they cause damage to gum tissues. Switch to flossing of your teeth on a regular basis for better oral hygiene.Smoking: Tobacco in any form ( chewable/cigarettes ) can cause temporary to permanent damage to your teeth , gum tissues and overall oral and general health . Quitting is the best choice one can consider A strict control over these habits can help you prolong your teeth's life and health. Start TODAY!

Teeth Whitening: How to Choose a Right Product ?

Dr. Sunita Karmankar, Dentist
Teeth Whitening is a kind of bleaching process we use to whiten the stained teeth.There are two types of teeth whitening methods:1.At home teeth whitening2.In office teeth whiteningProfessional office teeth whiteningHome Teeth Whitening trays (mild in nature takes time to act)We always get confused on which type of bleaching method or brand to use. Many of us have tried some at home teeth whitening products but of no use, due to lack of knowledge, you never get the desired results.At home whitening kits use carbamide peroxide which is slow acting and In-office whitening kits use hydrogen peroxide which is fast acting.The basic requirements we all need from a teeth whitening product is...1.Its results should last longer2.It should be effective and fast3.It should be economicalWhitening results lasts longer only when u maintain it properly as instructed by your dentist. Such as avoid eating very spicy food or drinks or try to slow down your tobacco or smoking habits.Just you have to use a whitening toothpaste daily or a small whitening gel and a periodic follow up by your dentist.This way you can keep your whiter and brighter smile forever.Their are lots n lots of whitening products available in the market..very confusing to all of us. We should consult our nearby dentist for the best suited and quality product.professional whitening is always better to go for.So consult your dentist now and be safe.Keep Smiling.

Myths and Facts of Teeth Whitening

Dr. N Srinivas, Dentist
POLISHINGPolishing is the simplest method of stain removal.In this painless procedure,your dentist applies paste to the surfaces of your teeth using a rotating instrument. Micro abrasion is a more advanced form of polishing that can be used for deeper stains.IS POLISHING RIGHT FOR ME?Polishing can eliminate many minor surface stains;however,excessive or intrinsic stains stains may require more aggressive treatment such as microabrasion.polishing may be best option if you:Have only slight surface stainingWant a natural look rather than a very bright white smileWant to invest a minimum amount of time and moneyBLEACHINGDOES BLEACHING WORK?Bleaching,which uses a strong oxidizing agent to lighten the teeth,is a relatively conservative and often highly effective way to brighten your smile.Your dentist may recommend in-office or home bleaching or a combination of both,depending on the nature and severity of your stains.IS BLEACHING RIGHT FOR ME?Bleaching is frequently used to treat mild to moderate surface and intrinsic stains but may not completely eliminate darker stains.Bleaching may be the best option if you:Have mild to moderate tetracycline,fluoride, or trauma related stainingAre happy with the shape and proportion of your teethPrefer a more conservative,non invasive approachWHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BLEACHING:Teeth with yellow stains are the easiest to lightenIf you bleach only your upper teeth first,you can monitor your progress by comparing the lightened upper teeth to the stained lower teethIf you have both crowns and natural teeth that you want lightened,be sure to bleach the teeth first.Your dentist then can match a new crown to your lighter natural teeth.Bleaching may cause some discomfort in children;it's often better to postpone bleaching until they're olderDon't ask for local anesthetic during bleaching.Its important to be aware of any sensitivity during the procedure of bleaching.

Happy Teeth or Snappy Teeth: A List of Best & Worst Foods for Your Teeth

Dr. Ragini Parmar, Dentist
The world is full of these incredible deliciously mouthwatering foods, don’t you agree? Some are good for your mouth and some are terrible for oral hygiene. Let’s have a closer look at what makes your teeth happy and what makes them snappy.GOOD FOODS!Foods good for your mouth help prevent tooth decay and work towards destroying plaque buildup.Dairy ProductsMilk and other dairy products contain calcium and phosphates. Consumption of dairy products makes teeth stronger. Cheese is a saliva maker as well, which is important because saliva helps reduce the effect of acids and harmful enzymes.Fruits and VegetablesFruits and vegetables that are rich in fiber are also good for the mouth. They get saliva flowing and act as a detergent in the mouth, cleaning out unwanted bacteria. They are the best home remedy for prevention of tooth decay and cavities.Sugarless Chewing GumGum is a saliva maker and helps remove leftover food particles in the mouth. The lack of sugar in the gum is simply an added advantage for prevention of cavities. Also the chewing action helps develop facial muscles. This creates a good jaw line and tones the face helping get rid of double chins. Lots of actors use this trick to enhance their facial features. However, one must practice caution as too much gum is not the healthiest option.TeaGreen tea and black tea contain polyphenols, which are an organic chemical and considered as micronutrients in our diet. These destroy plaque and bacteria, and hence are an asset in the mouth. However, watch the quantity, as too much tea could stain your teeth too.Fluoride FoodsAny kind of food with fluoride helps your teeth. Dehydrated soups, powdered juices, powdered cereals, commercially prepared poultry products and even sea food - all contain fluoride.BAD FOODS!Foods bad for the teeth are easy to spot as they encourage tooth decay and plaque buildup.Carbonated DrinksOther than the obvious high sugar content carbonated drinks contain phosphoric and citric acid both of which wear down tooth enamel.Dry Mouth FoodsAlcohol dries out the mouth which means there is less saliva and hence a weaker fight against bacteria. Some medicines dry the mouth too. A fluoride rinse for your mouth will help.StarchFoods that have high starch composition like tapioca,potato chips or soft breads are to be avoided as they get lodged between the tiny gaps in teeth and are hard to take out.SweetsWhen opting for sweets, go for those that don’t stick to your teeth and are easy to wash off. You can opt for cacao, which has proven to have some health benefits.Choosing the right kinds of food is important as it helps promote oral health. You should choose food that encourage production of saliva, as saliva keeps the teeth moist. So be careful what you eat, because everything you put in your mouth has numerous consequences. Each time you are up in the middle of the night and find yourself starving be mindful and choose the food that offers you a health benefit.