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Dr. Alexina Nikolova / 16.07.2023 


Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental procedure aimed at lightening the color of teeth and improving their appearance. Here are some key points about teeth whitening:


1. Procedure: Teeth whitening can be done in a dental office by a dentist or at home using whitening kits or products recommended by a dental professional. In-office treatment involves the application of a whitening agent and isolation of the soft tissues in the mouth with special means. Home whitening kits usually consist of custom-made trays and a whitening gel that is applied to the teeth.


2. Types of stains: Teeth whitening is effective in treating certain types of stains. It is most successful in removing surface stains caused by food, beverages (such as coffee and tea), tobacco and aging. It may be less effective on deeper stains caused by factors such as medications or dental trauma. In these cases, specially designed procedures and medications are used.


3. Results: Teeth whitening can significantly lighten the color of teeth, but results can vary depending on individual factors such as the original color of the teeth and the type of stains treated. The degree of whitening achieved is usually temporary and periodic adjustments may be necessary to maintain the desired results. The whitening effect lasts for a different time depending on the patient's habits, usually several years.

4. Sensitivity: Some people may experience temporary tooth sensitivity during or after the whitening process. This sensitivity usually subsides within a few days. It is important to follow the instructions provided by your dentist or the manufacturer of the whitening product to minimize potential sensitivity.


5. Considerations: Teeth whitening may not be right for everyone. It is important to have a dental examination and consultation before undergoing any whitening treatment. Your dentist can assess your oral health, determine the cause of tooth discoloration, and recommend the most appropriate whitening option for you.


Remember that teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure and it is essential that you maintain good oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing, flossing and dental checkups to keep your teeth healthy and maintain long-lasting results.

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