WEDDING & WHITENING
Brides are generally very concerned as to how their smile & teeth will look on their wedding Day! It’s very natural to desire that those pearly whites look their absolute best! Thankfully there are many whitening systems & products to ensure that a perfect smile is achieved on their Big Day!
Stained & discoloured teeth is the most common problem faced by the brides-to- be. There are a number of causes of tooth discoloration that includes,
- Poor dental hygiene.
- Use of tobacco & cigarettes.
- Coffee,tea and wines.
- Medicines such as tetracycline taken before age 8.
- Certain diseases.
- Advancing age & genetics.
Although teeth whitening can give drastic results,
it is a cosmetic procedure which is not recommended for everyone. It is ideal for people with healthy gums & teeth.Yellowish teeth respond well to whitening ,whereas brown, grey and purple stained teeth respond poorly. Whitening is also not recommended in
- Children under 16.
- Those allergic to peroxide.
- Those with gum disease or worn enamel.
- Pregnant & lactating women.
Teeth whitening is basically the result of bleaching by a variety of peroxide compounds such as carbamide peroxide, hydrogen peroxide etc. It is mainly divided into two kinds of procedures.
1. In -office whitening
This is the most expensive yet the quickest and the most efficient procedure. It is carried out in the dental clinic where the dentist applies the whitening product directly to the teeth. Special laser light are also used & the process is roughly an hour long. The strength of the bleaching agent ranges from 15-43% & the dentist uses protective gels or rubber sheaths to reduce the risk of gum irritation by the beaching agent.This in- office dental procedure can make your teeth three to eight shades lighter.
2. Teeth whitening at home
At- home tooth whitening involves the use of over- the-counter or custom-made trays,on which the whitening gel is applied. The tray is generally worn a few hours every day for about four weeks. It contains a lower strength of bleaching agent (10-22%) & therefore the process although cheaper, takes longer.Ill fitting tray can also irritate the gums & soft tissue.
With either of the whitening products ,people who keep unrealistic expectations are often disappointed! The degree of whiteness varies in different individuals, depending on the degree of staining & the condition of the teeth. Moreover, it should be remembered that teeth whitening is not permenant & like every cosmetic procedure, a top-up is required. It lasts from a few months to up to 3 years, depending upon to what degree the teeth are being exposed to food & beverages that causes staining. It is very important that you schedule an appointment with your dentist a good few months before your wedding day to make sure that your teeth are taken care of & does not ruins your big day! As for whitening, we would recommend getting it done 2-4 weeks before your wedding & not the night before as it might cause sensitivity. After that,brush properly with a good fluoride tooth paste, pack some sugarless gum and Shine and Smile!