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Teeth Whitening is a dentistry practice which aims to restore discoloured teeth to their natural colours. With the increase in age, peoples’ teeth do change colour due to an alteration of the mineral structures of the teeth occasioned by deficiency of phosphates and non-porosity of the enamel. It is caused by factors such as Tetracycline, Sports Drinks, Enamel Hypoplasia, bacterial pigmentation, fruits and vegetables that are rich in Carotenoids and Xanthonoids among many others. Discoloured teeth usually predispose persons to low self-esteem and are also a carte blanche to bad breath and lack of self confidence.

There are several methods for accomplishing teeth whitening. These are:

  • Natural methods which entail the use of organic products such as malic acid contained in the juice of green apples, carrots, celery, and apples e.t.c. They remove stains from teeth by boosting the production of saliva and scrubbing the teeth during chewing. They also maintain fresh breath by eliminating bacteria that do produce halitosis.
  • Internal Bleaching are performed on teeth that have been discoloured by blood and other fluids usually after an endodontic treatment. It entails drilling a cavity inside the tooth pulp, cleansing, sealing and then filling with gutta-percha points.
  • Light-accelerated bleaching whitens teeth by use of light ray energy such as Halogens, Plasma Arcs and Light Emitting Diode to accelerate the whole process. It entails isolating the soft tissues by use of a resin-based light-curable barrier, followed by the application of dental grade Hydrogen Peroxide whitening gel after which the teeth are exposed to the light source for between six and fifteen minutes.
  • In office bleaching entails the use of carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide bleaching agents that are carefully applied onto the gums and the papilla in order to reduce the risks of the soft tissues attaining chemical burns
  • Whitening Toothpastes are those that contain chemical agents or gentle polishing that remove additional stains from the teeth. They lighten the teeth by just one shade of colour.
  • Over-the-counter whitening gels are clear, peroxide-based agents that are applied with small brushes directly onto the teeth surface. Over-the-counter whitening strips are thin, visually invisible strips that are usually coated with peroxide-based whitening gels. They are applied twice a day for half an hour and for a total of fourteen days.
  • Whitening rinses are mouthwashes that freshen the breath and reduce dental plaque and gum diseases besides whitening teeth. They are applied to the mouth for sixty seconds twice a day before brushing the teeth.
  • Tray-based tooth whiteners entails filling of the mouth guard-like tray by a gel whitening solution that contains a peroxide bleaching agent. This tray is then worn for certain duration of time until the desired effects are fully realised.

Teeth whitening are not a permanent form of medication. With time, the whitened teeth will usually discolour especially so when exposed to sugary beverages, alongside other factors such as conditions of the teeth, the type of bleaching agent used and the degree of staining.

It is not suitable for everyone. Unique circumstances such as age and pregnancy issues, allergies and sensitive teeth, the existence of gum diseases, the existence of fillings, crowns and other restorations, smokers and chewers of drugs, and darkly-stained teeth may not warrant teeth whitening. It is also advisable that appropriate consultations be conducted with a professional dentist before embarking on this exercise.

Several side-effects of teeth whitening [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tooth_whitening] exist. They include but are not limited to the following: chemical burns that are usually sustained from bleaching agents, bleachorexia (an obsession with bleaching or whitening one’s teeth), increased tooth sensitivity, over bleaching of teeth and increased pain for extremely sensitive teeth.

As can be deduced from the foregoing discussions, teeth whitening is a very important practice in the sense that it does help people regain the self-confidence and the high self-esteem they initially lost due to discoloured teeth. However, it is not without its fair share of demerits since there are some potential side-effects that come along with it. Consequently, it is imperative that all those who intend to undertake it receive all the necessary advice and consultations from the dentist or qualified healthcare practitioner concerned. It is also worthwhile to conduct all the necessary due diligence to ascertain whether teeth whitening practice is indeed necessary in the first place or not.

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