Frequently asked questions

Teeth Whitening

  • In which cases is it applied?

    • For the treatment of generalized discoloration of teeth
    • For the bleaching of adjacent teeth before placing a prosthesis (e.g. porcelain bridge) so the bridge to be constructed in lighter color
    • Or simply, if someone wants more bright and white teeth
  • Which is the bleaching procedure?

    Where appropriate, the whitening can be done in the office with the aid of a laser or at home using special splints.

    Usually, the dentist provides the patient with two soft splints that are specially made for him to fit the upper and lower jaw. In those splints a special gel is placed and they should be worn a few hours a day for 10-12 days.

    Best results are obtained with the use of a laser and best maintenance of the effect with splints worn at home.

  • Does Bleaching damage the teeth?

    Absolutely not! Bleaching is a documented and completely safe medical procedure that has been applied to millions of people in the world for several years and causes absolutely no damage to the teeth or gums if done correctly and with medical guidance.

    The only side effect that sometimes occurs is a temporary tooth sensitivity to hot and cold, which passes completely to the end of treatment.

  • How white are going to be my teeth?

    The effect of bleaching is not predictable. In every man there is a limit as far as how they can whiten their teeth. So, some people respond better to whitening process while in others the result is less impressive.

    Statistically, 85% of people who make bleaching is very happy with the result.

    It is important to understand and respect this individual limit of each individual and not to "push" the teeth whiten more than they can with an extension of bleaching or excessive use of laser.

    Otherwise, except that there is a risk of altering the structure of teeth, the additional benefit that may occur is lost within a few weeks.

  • Do teeth whiten more with the laser than with splints?

    The effect of bleaching depends on the structure of teeth of each individual and not on the technique that will follow, if implemented properly.

    Prevailing view is that the laser gives more impressive results. With the laser whitening is achieved faster and more easily. It is advisable, however, in most cases combined with use of splints for stabilization effect.

    Although both methods are safe and documented, the doctor is the one who will decide, after taking account of different factors, what is appropriate in each case.

  • Will my smile look fake after whitening?

    Bleaching always gives natural effect. Some unnaturally white smile that we all see often, not due to bleaching but other interventions (sides of containers porcelain, bonding etc.) manufactured substandard or increased opacity deliberately in order to achieve a pathological white.

  • How long does the effect of whitening is maintained?

    The result of bleaching with proper maintenance is maintained for many years.

    Immediately after the procedure and the first 15 days we lose 5-8% of the result. This "loss" is not and real ,it occurs the restoration of the enamel due to dehydration caused during bleaching and makes the teeth appear slightly whiter than is actually is. Then the color is stabilized for a time and then begins to fall slowly. In order to preserve the original result of bleaching requires the application of splints at home at regular intervals.

  • What is internal bleaching?

    This technique applied to individual teeth that have darkened after endodontic treatment.

    Inside the tooth is placed an oxidizing agent which releases oxygen radicals and updated periodically.

    It is painless method with excellent results. Requires 2-4 visits.

  • Can Smokers make whitening?

    During the bleaching process, and for the next two weeks after its completion, the teeth become porous readily absorb dyes inside. Therefore, for this period the patient should be very careful to avoid anything that can stain the teeth, such as smoking, coffee, red wine, tea, etc. After this interval can smoke freely. However, people who smoke a lot are not good candidates for whitening.