Tooth whitening

Tooth whitening

Tooth Whitening is a procedure where the chemicals are used to lighten the stains/pigments so that the teeth appear lighter in color. It can be done at home or at the dental clinic, but should always be under professional supervision.

Myths(M) & Facts(F)

  • M -My teeth will become sensitive
  • F -The sensitivity after tooth whitening procedure is common but transient. It can be easily managed by application of anti-sensitivity agents.
  • M -The teeth whitening is a onetime procedure
  • F -The teeth continue to turn yellow due to normal ageing process and would require touch-ups at maintain the whitening
  • M -Rubbing coal or acid will whiten the teeth
  • F -The use of coal or acid can cause permanent damage to the tooth structure and not recommended for teeth whitening.
  • M -The discolored restorations and crowns can be whitened
  • F -The teeth whitening procedure will not help in whitening your existing composite restorations or ceramic crowns. You need to get them replaced to match with natural tooth color
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