Teeth whitening have become one of the first requests that dental patients have when visiting their dentist. Composite veneers often called as dental or direct veneers are the excellent choice of teeth whitening. Dental veneers are basically the thin shells of tooth colored which is made up of translucent porcelain or composite resin. It can be customized to fit over your natural teeth to improve their shape, color and overall appearance.
They can be used to fix chipped, stained, misaligned, worn down, uneven or abnormally placed teeth. In order to maintain your whiter smile, a few precautions are to be undertaken after teeth whitening.
Whitening veneers with baking soda
Brushing teeth using baking soda is performed as an effective way to whiten teeth, but there are some counter opinions for the use of baking soda for whitening veneers as it will disrupt the ratio of good to bad bacteria in mouth. Straight baking soda, in powder form is abrasive and can damage your teeth enamel. However, dissolved form like found in toothpaste is not abrasive. One of the benefits of baking soda is that it is a buffer that fights the acids created by decay producing bacteria.
Baking soda can be used with water to remove the stains on the surface of veneers, but if your goal is to remove deeper, older stains, then this method will not be effective. It can also be used with hydrogen peroxide to enhance whitening effects; some encourage the use with lemon juice and strawberry for the similar effect. Now it is commercially used in toothpastes and other teeth whitening products.
Toothpastes: Whitening toothpaste strictly whiten and does not bleaches your teeth, it has mild abrasive effect and can lighten your teeth.
Mouthwashes: Whitening mouthwash includes small amount of peroxide and provides you a bleaching effect.
Strips: Whitening strips are generally the thin pieces of plastic which is coated in peroxide. If you attach these in front of your teeth for 30 minutes a day for about 2 weeks, veneers can whiten and the result lasts for around 4 months.
Gel: Whitening gel can offer comparable results to strips. It depends upon the quality of gel you choose. Gel is filled inside a tray and that is fixed comfortably in your mouth. You will wear the trays for 30 minutes to several hours every day depending on dentist’s instructions. Gel treatment combined with laser techniques provides better results.
Can veneers be whitened by laser?
Laser teeth whitening may be an option available for your dental care, but it is not advised for everyone as it is one of the most expensive method. Bleaching using a hydrogen peroxide gel is applied to each tooth and heat generated by a laser enhance its effectiveness and ultimately speed up the process. Many manufacturers have developed bleaching products in combination with laser technique. Among that Philips Zoom is the most well-known teeth whitening brand.
The treatment uses concentrated 25% peroxide gel, utilizes a proprietary blue light to stimulate the whitening process. Philips offers several options to meet patient’s need. They can choose either office based or home based treatment. In home-based there are two types; day white maximum and night white maximum. The whitening gel has a unique formula to give you smoother and more sparking enamel.
Next comes Brite Smile, it is strictly an office based treatment. It is in use for a decade. Like Philips Zoom, the combination of whitening gel and blue light is used to achieve dramatic results. The gel only contains about 15% peroxide. Another option is Opalescence; offers office based treatment with powerful gel of 40% peroxide; despite that potassium nitrate is used to reduce sensitivity and added fluoride strengthen enamel and prevent decay.
LUMIBRITE is another brand specially designed to achieve dramatic results with minimal sensitivity. The treatment combines whitening gel with sapphire plasma arc curing & whitening light. GLO science professional is the other option, uses a mouthpiece of Guided Light Optics (GLO) combined with whitening gel. The mouth piece delivers both heat and light to prevent oxygen escaping from the area and maximize the strength of gel. The entire treatment takes only 40 minutes and gives dramatic result. KoR whitening deep bleaching is an innovative treatment that combines office based and home based treatments and target both intrinsic and extrinsic stains. It can lighten your teeth up to 16 shades; best of all the results stay permanent.
According to experienced dentist in Parramatta over whitening can cause permanent enamel erosion, so proper dental care is required during whitening treatments. Cheek retractors, formulated soft or rubber dams to cover lips, tongue and gums are used as a caution to prevent oral tissues from being damaged. This treatment is prohibited during pregnancy because the chemicals contain in whitening agent can harm your baby if swallowed. Although laser use in dentistry is approved by the Food & Drug administration, it doesn’t yet have the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of acceptance for safety and efficacy.
As always say “prevention is better than cure”. So keep away the products that causes yellowing your teeth. Maintaining proper oral hygiene is the best way to stay healthy and just don’t stop smiling!