One of the most common procedures often performed by a cosmetic dentist is teeth whitening which is also often called bleaching. According to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry four years ago, the number of American patients who have opted to undergo bleaching procedures has risen by 29 per cent. Since then, the number has continued to climb.
Bleaching is done in the dental office and is accomplished by utilizing high-concentrate of peroxide. The result is more satisfactory compared to teeth whitening by using over the counter dental products and DIY home bleaching kits. To those who are not familiar with the procedure, it is recommended to learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of the process before signing up for one.
The major advantage, which is basically the main reason why patients undergo bleaching, is that it leads to a brighter smile. According to a dental professional, a bright smile does not only make one feel good about themselves but they are also spreading that vibe to everyone around them. Not all will have the same level of whiteness at the end of the procedure though. Some patients will have whiter teen compared to others. The bleaching process will help the teeth become three shades whiter but might be different for others who have yellow teeth or grey teeth before the procedure. The bottom line is that everyone will have whiter teeth after.
Dentists say that teeth bleaching will lasts for around one year but the teeth can darken faster for those who are known to take coffee, soda, tea or red wine in a regular basis. The process is fast and can be completed within an hour.
If there are advantages, there are also disadvantages according to a cosmetic dentist and one of them is tooth sensitivity. Unlike before though, the cases have dropped significantly because of new technology that helps in reducing the sensitivity of the tooth. For patients with fillings, the whitening might not affect the fillings because its tendency is to become darker. To overcome this, the dentist might recommend that some fillings need to be replaced before the teeth bleaching procedure.