Few people realize how much a beautiful smile changes a person. Dr. Jamilee Susan John, Endodontic at Royal Bahrain Hospital, says “A whiter set of teeth invariably brightens your smile and improves your looks. It is possible today to attain whiter teeth through a variety of teeth whitening options performed either in-office by the dentist or by yourself at home.”
She explains that “In-office tooth whitening (zoom whitening) procedure involves applying a protective gel to your gums. A bleaching agent is then applied to the teeth, while a special light is used to enhance the chemical action. For take home-whitening, impressions of the teeth will be taken first and the custom-made trays will be provided. The whitening gel is spread onto the custom-made trays, which are fitted over the teeth. The trays are worn overnight for 2 weeks. While office whitening is much quicker and effective, some may prefer at home whitening for its ease of use.”
According to Dr. Jamilee, tooth whitening can generally improve the color of the tooth by five to even 10 shades in some individuals. Results may vary between individuals depending on lifestyle habits and cause of the stained teeth. Tooth bleaching is most effective if your teeth are darkened from age, coffee, tea or smoking. With proper maintenance and regular dental checkups, the results of your tooth whitening should last you for more than a year.
“Tooth whitening procedures are safe and normally painless. A small percentage of people may experience a minor dull ache following the procedure and temporary sensitivity towards hot & cold drinks but can be relieved by providing ACP gel. This procedure wouldn’t damage the teeth of soft tissues.”
“Not everyone is a good candidate for tooth whitening though, in some case of serious discoloration and pitted teeth, veeners may be more appropriate than bleaching. Moreover, crown, bridges and fillings do not bleach so it may be necessary to replace dental work to make it blend with the new color of your bleached teeth.”
Tooth whitening is offered at Royal Bahrain Hospital. Call 17246800 for appointments or visit www.royalbahrainhospital.com