Is it possible to whiten teeth
The right method for every bit
A bright white set of teeth stands for youth and health. But nature hasn't given everyone a flawless Hollywood smile. Bleaching is an effective and gentle way of whitening teeth. An overview of methods, risks and costs.
Only in children do the teeth naturally sparkle white. With the years of life, the teeth usually take on an increasingly yellow tinge. One reason is that the white enamel is thinning so that the darker dentin shows through. Luxury foods such as coffee, tea, red wine and nicotine also leave unsightly marks. Cleaning alone no longer helps.
Bleaching teeth: better at home or in the practice?
The good news is: With bleaching, it is easy to make teeth whiter without damaging the substance - provided that a dentist carries out the treatment properly.
The following bleaching methods have proven effective:
- Home whitening: The dentist makes a custom-fit dental splint. The patient instills bleaching gel into it at home and uses it for several hours or overnight. The method is well suited when an entire row of teeth is to be lightened. The concentration of active ingredients is low, however, and the treatment time is correspondingly long: the patient has to wear the splint for five to seven nights. In addition, the relatively expensive rail production and the relatively high material consumption in the home version have a negative impact on the cost-benefit ratio. A lightening of two to three shades is possible.
- In-office whitening: If the patient has the practice bleached, it is much faster because the dentist can use a higher-dose bleaching gel. He covers gums and exposed tooth necks to protect them. The preparation is activated with a UV lamp. In this way a strong brightening can be achieved. The treatment takes about 15 to 20 minutes. The method is recommended for individual discolored teeth as well as for the entire set of teeth.
- Laser or power bleaching: Probably the most effective method with which a lightening of up to eight levels can be achieved: In addition to a highly concentrated whitening gel, a laser is used. The dentist applies the preparation and irradiates it for about two minutes to intensify the effect. Usually two sessions are necessary. But be careful: the procedure is comparatively expensive and, unfortunately, relatively painful.
- Internal whitening: Regular bleaching does not help with internal discolouration, such as in teeth that have undergone root canal treatment. However, the dentist can put the whitening gel into the tooth via the root canal and thus whiten it from the inside. Additional external bleaching may be required.
No risk with caries-free teeth and healthy gums
The bleaching gels usually contain hydrogen peroxide - the same substance that hairdressers use when bleaching. The active ingredient sets in motion a chemical reaction in which color molecules are broken down. In a healthy mouth, i.e. with caries-free teeth and intact gums, bleaching is not a risk. Therefore, an examination at the dentist in advance is an absolute must. Thorough cleaning of the tooth surface is just as important. The patient should also be explained in detail which method is best for him. After the bleaching, the teeth are sensitive to pain for about 48 hours. Fluoride gel helps to reduce hypersensitivity.
Steer clear of home remedies or internet offers
Basically, nasty surprises can only be ruled out if handled appropriately. Do-it-yourself products therefore unfortunately often promise more than they deliver. Whitening toothpaste or whitening agents from the drugstore usually have no visible results. We strongly advise against using high-dose offers on the Internet. Steer clear of home remedies, too: Lemon juice or baking powder may have a whitening effect, but they can seriously damage the teeth and gums.
"Toilet bowl white" usually looks too unnatural
When it comes to bleaching, not everything is feasible - or advisable: Older people in particular are better off with a moderate ivory shade than with a dazzling white smile. The often mocked "toilet bowl white" looks unnatural in most cases. It is best to discuss the desired tone in detail with the dentist. The result lasts around one to three years. Afterwards, another bleaching therapy can bring back the desired whiteness.
Good to know: The bleaching agents only make the teeth whiter, not any fillings or crowns. It can be useful to swap them out after whitening.
Whiten teeth in Munich
Do you have questions about bleaching, the right method, the costs or do you want to make an appointment for a consultation in our dental practice at Partnachplatz in Munich?
Call us: 089 - 7 60 72 60
Note: The information provided here is for your general information only and is in no way a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.Back to overview
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