Yellow teeth are a sign of poor dental hygiene. Diet and lifestyle habits can also cause your natural teeth to discolour. A lot of people also have confidence issues because of yellow teeth which stops them from showing off their beautiful smile.
It could lead to a more severe problem and affect your overall dental health if the plaque buildup is too much. This discolouration is external staining on the outside layer of your teeth.
Teeth whitening is an increasingly popular cosmetic dentistry method for people who want to correct their yellow teeth. It is a cost-effective and simple process to brighten your smile. hence, it is important for you to visit a dental clinic to get the procedure done.
Here we will talk about why over-the-counter teeth whitening kits don’t work. We will also walk you through the process of professional teeth whitening/ cleaning done by a qualified dentist.
Why Over-The-Counter tooth whitening product doesn’t work?
- They only temporarily remove the stains from the outer layer of the teeth.
- No OTC whitening product will change the colour of the internal structure tooth and hence not work as long-term solutions.
- Some whitening products will include bleaches which could technically change the internal colour of your tooth. However, the concentration of that whitening and the bleaching agent is so low that the reality is you will never see your teeth whiten.
Believe it or not, the best way to remove that external staining is to use the right toothbrush and good fluoride-based toothpaste. Just brushing your teeth for two minutes a day with the correct technique will remove the vast majority of external stains on your teeth.
You don’t necessarily need a so-called whitening toothpaste or whitening strips or any other whitening product. To achieve whiter teeth, you need to invest in professional teeth whitening procedure which is done by the dentist.
Professional Teeth Whitening:
Teeth bleaching or professional whitening offered by dental professionals can change the natural tooth color through the internal structure of the tooth.
Here is how the teeth whitening is performed:
The dentist will make use of an ultrasonic scaler. It is similar to a regular scaler, but this one has water coming out of it. It can be called either PA Zoe’s or CAPA Tron’s depending on vibrations.
An ultrasonic scaler uses a combination of both ultrasonic vibrations and high pressurized water to remove tartar plaque and stain.
The dentist sets the power setting low or high depending on the buildup of tartar the patient has on their teeth. For slight buildup, it is put on a low setting. They use a very high setting if it is a heavy plaque and tartar buildup, especially and deep cleanings.
Once the dentist cleans the surface, they use a regular hand scaler along with an ultrasonic scaler and again clean the surfaces with hand instruments.
There are different hand instruments for different teeth. So specifically, the ones they will use in the front teeth are different from the instruments we will use in the back teeth.
Next, the dentist will go through the whole mouth again using these hand scalars. They make sure that they clean every single surface of every single tooth thoroughly and adequately.
Next, the teeth polishing starts using a cup and paste polish.
Teeth become nice and gritty after the polishing. In the end, the teeth are flossed to make sure all the remnants of plaque and other forms of stuff are taken out from between teeth. The dentist also examines the teeth by checking the sides of your tongue and underneath your tongue to confirm that there are no suspicious lumps or bumps present.
We hope this was the information that helped you decide which type of teeth whitening method is better. Also, it has helped you get an idea of what takes place in a professional teeth whitening process.