Tooth whitening and bleaching lightens teeth and helps to remove stains and discoloration. Whitening is among the most popular cosmetic dental procedures because it can greatly improve how your teeth look. Most dentists perform tooth whitening.
"Whitening is not a one-time procedure. It will need to be repeated from time to time if you want to maintain the brighter color."
The outer layer of a tooth is called the enamel. The color of natural teeth is created by the reflection and scattering of light off the enamel, combined with the color of the dentin under it. Your genes affect the thickness and smoothness of the enamel. Thinner enamel allows more of the color of the dentin to show through. Having smoother or rougher enamel also affects the reflection of light and therefore the color.
Some whitening toothpastes and bleaching treatments can put the health of your teeth at risk.
The dentist will then provide you with materials and directions for at-home treatments or provide information on in-office treatment sessions.
A bleaching gel is applied to the patients teeth and a laser is used to activate energy-absorbing crystals that penetrate the teeth enamel and produce a brightening effect.
Try to focus on achieving your “true white” and restoring the natural whiteness of your teeth, rather than a bright white smile.