Aesthetic Dental of Barbados
Teeth Whitening in Barbados
Serving Dental Patients in Trinidad & Grenada
What is Teeth Whitening?
Teeth Whitening refers to the bleaching of your teeth so as to make them lighter. Teeth whitening will not make your teeth brilliant white but it will lighten teeth by a few shades.
What are the Different Teeth Whitening Processes?
There are a variety of teeth whitening processes available in Barbados but the effectiveness of each varies. These processes include:
- In-Office Whitening. This form of whitening is the quickest and most effective. It involves going to your dentist and having the bleaching product placed directly onto the teeth. After the bleaching product is placed on the teeth, a combination of heat, a special light or a laser is used. Though you can see results after the first 30-60 minute treatment, you will still need to have several other treatments so as to achieve your desired look. Lastly, it is worth noting that this type of whitening is the most expensive of all the whitening processes.
- Whitening toothpastes. These toothpastes contain chemical agents that assist in the removal of surface stains on teeth. Because such toothpastes do not contain any bleaching agents, they can only lighten teeth by about only one shade as compared to light-activated whitening, which is conducted in a dentist’s office, and can lighten teeth up to 8 shades lighter.
- Over-the-Counter Whitening Strips and Gels. These are peroxide-based and are applied directly on the surface of the teeth. You should follow the instructions and directions on the product carefully so as to avoid any mishaps and to gain the maximum benefit from the product. Initial results can be seen after a few days; while final results can last up to four (4) months.
- Whitening Rinses. These are a relatively new whitening products on the market and are used to freshen breath and help reduce gum disease and plaque. Additionally, though, they contain hydrogen peroxide that is also used to whiten teeth. The effectiveness of such rinses have often be challenged by experts because the rinse only comes into contact with the teeth for a short period of time.
- Tray-Based Tooth Whiteners. These whiteners can be purchased over-the-counter or from your dentist and it involves filling a mouth guard-like tray with gel whitening solution containing peroxide. The length of time the guard is worn is dependent on the degree of discoloration and the desired level of whitening.
How long do the Effects of Teeth Whitening Last?
The length of time teeth whitening last is dependent on a variety of factors. Persons who expose their teeth to foods that cause staining may see a fade in the whiteness of their teeth in less than a month. If foods and beverages that cause staining are avoided, then teeth stay white for longer and a touch-up will only be needed after a year or longer.
In addition, the length of time the teeth stay white is dependent on type of whitening process that was used initially and the condition of the teeth.
All in all, teeth whitening is not permanent so it will require you to get the occasional touch-up if you wish to keep teeth white.
What are the Risks Associated with Teeth Whitening?
The two main side effects that are associated teeth whitening include:
- A temporary increase in tooth sensitivity. This occurs during the early stages of the whitening process and usually just lasts 1-3 days after stopping or completing the treatment.
- Mild irritation of the soft tissues of the mouth, especially the gums. This is usually caused by an ill-fitting mouthpiece and not the whitening agent that is used. This condition is also temporary as it only last 1-3 days after stopping or completing the treatment.
If any of the conditions persist for a longer period of time than stipulated, you should consult your dentist as soon as possible.
If you would like to have a dazzling, white smile but are unsure of which type of teeth whitening treatment is right for you, feel free to contact Aesthetic Dental in Barbados. We can help you reach your teeth whitening goals.