TEETH WHITENING (BLEACHING)
Different types of stains and dull shades of teeth are serious concern for many patients today. Tooth whitening treatment is easily available and relatively quicker solution for such problems. Human teeth generally present two types of stains.
These stains are of developmental origin when the tooth is being formed. These stains are incorporated within tooth structure causing aesthetic problem for an individual. Bleaching has efficiency to remove these stains depending on the severity of clinical condition.
These stains are of exogenous origin. Causative factors include coffee, tea, pan chewing, tobacco, stained food, these stains can be easily removed with bleaching. Indications for tooth whitening:
- - Dark yellow shades of teeth.
- - Stains due to tobacco, pan, smoking.
- - Stain due to tea, coffee, stained food.
- - Few types of intrinsic stains.
Tooth Whitening system include 2 types:
This procedure includes preparation of special tray to hold the home bleaching solution in contact with the teeth. A dentist dispenses home bleaching solution into the tray then patient is asked to wear it and go home with the tray on for certain period of time.
This procedure is performed by a qualified dentist in dental clinic. Results with office bleach are superior as compared to home bleach. Nowadays laser light is used to enhance the action of bleaching solution for quicker, long lasting results with minimal or no post operative sensitivity.
VENEERS AND LAMINATES
Veneers are thin shells or laminates made from durable tooth colored material. They are applied over the front surface of your teeth by minimal trimming of tooth enamel to create an attractive, uniform appearance. Veneer is the most preferred solution by celebrities for an unpleasant smile. Indications of veneers laminates:
- Discolored teeth.
- Fractured, chipped, badly worn-out teeth.
- Spacing in front teeth.
- Crowded malposed teeth.
- Patients urging complete smile makeover.
Two types of veneers are-
i) Composite Veneers: Composite veneers are made up of tooth colored resin material. They are prepared directly into the patients mouth or indirectly in laboratory by making an impression. They are less time consuming, repairable and relatively less expensive solution.
ii) Porcelain Veneers: Porcelain veneers are made up of high grade porcelain material. They are more durable and extremely polished hence easy to keep clean. This procedure may require 2 or more sittings.