Bleaching

Bleaching – teeth whitening.

Should an oral hygiene session may not be sufficient, discolored teeth can be whitened professionally and gently by whitening procedures.

  • Before a so-called office-bleaching or home-bleaching session it is important to control all your teeth (e.g. during a semi-annual control appointment)
  • Cleaning of your tooth surfaces is then performed in a prophylaxis session (professional teeth cleaning)
  • The actual whitening process can be carried out either in the office (office bleaching) or at home (home bleaching)
  • Even discolorated root canal treated teeth can be whitened (so-called walking bleaching)

Whitening methods

  • The whitening process takes place directly in our dental office.
  • The gum is protected from the bleaching agent by a light-curing plastic during a treatment.
  • The advantage is that the result is immediately visible.
  • The disadvantage is that your teeth can become quite sensitive after bleaching because of using a higher concentrated bleaching agent.
  • Home bleaching essentially involves you going to the dentist, getting a set of trays for your teeth, and then applying bleach into those trays to whiten your teeth.
  • The advantages over other types of treatment: Very little time at the dentist, financially affordable, your are able to bleach your teeth at your own convenience.
  • The disadvantage is, that you are responsible of wearing the trays and complete the treatment by yourself
  • A gray discoloration is often the result of root canal treated teeth, because small amounts of blood penetrate in the tooth.
  • The process: the bleaching agent is placed in the tooth inside and stays for 1 – 2 days. In the meantime the patient is able to walk home (therefore it is called “walking bleach”). When the desired tooth color is achieved, the gel is removed and the tooth resealed.
  • It is very important, that the root canal treatment is checked by the dentist before bleaching.

Our bleaching products

We use whitening product of Ultradent Inc., which are scientifically and clinically tested over years. The bleaching agents also contain fluoride, which remineralize the enamel during teeth whitening. More Information here.

Questions & Answers

F:

Is bleaching safe?

A:

No, when applied to healthy teeth medical whitening is safe and well documented. Nevertheless it is important to do a pre-bleaching check of all your teeth. Bleaching agents can penetrate leaky crown margins, leaking fillings or cracks in the enamel which results in hypersensitivity or an irritated dental nerve. Therefor we always make an inspection appointment before

F:

Are there side effects?

A:

With proper use there is only one side effects: a temporary increased sensitivity to cold / heat (e.g. cold air). It disappears after some days-weeks.

F:

How long does it last?

A:

It depends on individual factors (coffee, smoking etc.) but should last for many years. Regular prophylaxis sessions prolongs the effect.

Tipp for ``Home-bleaching``: You can order the bleaching gel in our office so you can refresh your whitening by yourself

Costs of teeth whitening

The public health care doesn’t pay teeth whitening. We are pleased to inform you about the expected costs at your next appointment.