Bleaching: Teeth whitening at the dentist

Are you looking for a dentist for tooth bleaching? Teeth do not always have the desired uniform light color, but are darkly discolored. On one hand, tooth color is genetic and determined by aging processes, on the other hand, tooth discoloration often occurs with heavy consumption of coffee, tea, red wine, tobacco (smoking) and others. A tooth can also die as a result of a tooth accident and then turn dark. In these cases, the original light color of the tooth can be restored by professional tooth whitening (bleaching). Depending on the patient’s needs, only a single tooth or the entire dentition can be bleached.

There are basically two methods to choose from for bleaching your teeth:

With so-called home bleaching, the patient is given a plastic splint that is filled with a bleaching gel and should be worn at home for a certain period of time. The bleaching gel is refilled by the patient himself at regular intervals in the splint and thus leads to a gradual whitening of the teeth.

In the so-called power or in-office bleaching, the affected teeth are treated in our dental practice with a particularly effective bleaching gel and the effect is additionally intensified by lighting with a special LED lamp. This leads to an immediate whitening of the teeth, which increases over the course of a few days.

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To whiten a single tooth, an internal bleaching (the so-called “walking bleach”-method) is performed: a single tooth can be filled with the bleaching gel if it has previously been root canal treated. The bleaching agent remains in the tooth for a few days. This method has given the walking bleach technique its name: the patients “walk” around with the bleach for a while.

The best way to clarify which method and which remedy is best for your teeth is in a personal consultation with your dentist in Zug. It is important that you finally have the bright white smile that you want!

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When is bleaching at the dentist an option?

There are some requirements for teeth whitening at the dentist: especially good oral hygiene and healthy teeth. In the case of diseased teeth or attacked gums, your dentist will first suggest an appropriate treatment before initiating the bleaching. Also in the case of dental replacements, the patient must be informed that crowns and bridges, but also fillings in the visible area cannot be bleached as easily as natural teeth. In order to get these restorations “white again”, they may have to be replaced after the teeth have been bleached. Before a bleaching measure, your dentist in Zug will examine all the teeth and advise you on the overall dental health.

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If necessary, a thorough teeth cleaning is performed before bleaching in order to remove all obstructive deposits such as plaque and tartar from the teeth. If other treatments are necessary before teeth whitening, your dentist will discuss this to you. Basically, only healthy teeth are bleached. Teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure that must give priority to medically necessary treatments (such as tooth decay removal etc.).

Tooth bleaching makes no sense at all for children and we therefore do not offer this treatment for them.

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Teeth bleaching: risks or side effects?

In most cases, patients do not feel any discomfort after teeth whitening. Serious health risks exist only for allergy sufferers who may react to the bleaching agent. However, this is extremely rare. If you have health concerns, please don’t hesitate to ask your dentist.

The following side effects may occur:

Natural tooth stains may become more visible when the tooth is whitened. Before that, the stains on the tooth enamel were concealed by the dark discoloration. This process is called unmasking.

In some cases teeth may react more sensitive to certain stimuli (especially cold) after bleaching. However, this hypersensitivity usually lasts only for a few days. Until then, it can be prevented by avoiding certain foods such as cold drinks, ice cream etc. and using a desensitizing toothpaste.

As mentioned before, fillings cannot be whitened as easily as teeth. After bleaching, these fillings, resp. a possible color difference may be (more) noticeable. This is particularly the case with older filling materials. If necessary, the disturbing fillings can be replaced with new, matching tooth-colored fillings.

How long do teeth stay bright after bleaching?

The sustainability of bleaching by the dentist depends a lot on the patients, their consumption habits and their personal dental hygiene. If teeth had become darkly discolored due to consumables such as coffee, tea, read wine, tobacco and so on, the patient should try to limit consumption in order to minimize the risk of discoloration again. The more the patient does without consumption of the mentioned, the longer his teeth will stay bright. However, teeth whitening can be repeated regularly if necessary.

Bleaching home remedies: do they work?

Be careful with dubious promises about “teeth whitening“. Many are myths, such as chewing cabbage or baking soda to whiten teeth. Although this is harmless to health, the lightening effect of these agents is negligible and is hardly or not at all noticeable to the human eye. Otherwise, the following applies: it is better to be skeptical about tips that you find on the internet and elsewhere. Some of these “life hacks” are actually dangerous!

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There are many products in specialist shops with which customers are said to be able to bleach their teeth themselves at home. However, these over-the-counter brighteners are not considered medical, but cosmetic products and therefore may not exceed a certain limit of bleaching agent content. Their bleaching effect is therefore minimal. “Brightening” toothpastes can remove superficial discolorations everywhere (with the help of abrasive micro-components) – but there is no real whitening effect, like professional dentist bleaching. Quite the opposite: the aggressive cleaning particles in such toothpastes can even damage teeth and gums in the long term by wearing them down to an above-average extent. Therefore, the rule of thumb: If you are serious about bleaching your teeth, you should talk to your dentist!

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Why do people get their teeth whitened?

White teeth are part of the ideal of beauty, which has primarily emerged from our modern pop culture. “Yellow teeth” are subject to social stigmata: Affected people prefer not to open their mouths and are reluctant to show their smiles, which is a shame. Rarely do you find people in the media whose teeth don’t shine brightly. In addition, white teeth are a sign that a person has good hygiene and healthy living. But the number of celebrities and attractive people whose teeth stay white forever is probably pretty small. The majority of well-known “tooth miracles” probably undergo regular bleaching treatment in order to achieve the desired radiant white smile.

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In important life situations such as job interviews, dark discolored teeth can have a negative effect – in most cases on the patient’s self-confidence. By having their teeth whitened, people are working on their outward appearance – and ultimately on a healthy self-confidence and confident appearance. In contrast to other surgical cosmetic interventions, professional teeth whitening is a small treatment that involves hardly any health risks worth mentioning, does not require anaesthesia, causes no pain and does not entail a long regeneration phase. Teeth bleaching is nowadays widely accepted and one of the most popular treatments at the dentist.

It doesn’t matter why you decide to have your teeth bleached: we would be happy to help you achieve a beautiful tooth color!

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