1. Can anyone whiten their teeth?
Teeth whitening methods used at Villa Nova Dental Clinic are highly safe, even though there are certain limitations to their use:
- they should not be used in pregnant and breastfeeding women, as there are no studies confirming their impact on the foetus;
- children under 14 years old, as well as people with diagnosed allergy to peroxides and resins should not have their teeth whitened.
2. Can all teeth be whitened?
In a vast majority of cases – yes. The best candidates for teeth whitening include patients with naturally dark coloration, discoloration caused by coffee, strong tea or cigarettes, as well as patients with genetic changes. However, no whitening method can guarantee full success. There are cases of very strong discolorations that are resistant to whitening treatments e.g. extensive staining caused by antibiotics. This however does not mean that these patients have no other option. The perfect solution could be ceramic veneers or prosthetic crowns that ensure a perfect aesthetic effect.
3. Do whitening products cause damage to teeth?
Numerous scientific studies show that teeth whitening methods are completely harmless to the enamel. It does not affect the structure of the hard dental tissue nor increase susceptibility to dental caries.
4. Are there any side effects associated with teeth whitening?
Sometimes a slight hypersensitivity to thermal stimuli, e.g. hot or cold and gum redness, can occur. However, applying special products can permanently remedy this ailment.
5. What should be avoided in case of teeth whitening?
The following activities should be avoided as they may have negative impact on the process of treatment:
- smoking cigarettes;
- drinking coffee, strong tea, red wine, coloured drinks, citrus fruit, fruit juices and medications against stomach acid disorders;
- using other whitening products at the same time;
- drinking and consuming food when the splints are fitted.
6. Do unaesthetic fillings need to be removed before teeth whitening?
Whitening products do not work on all composite fillings or prosthetic crowns. Therefore the removal of unaesthetic fillings before the whitening process is not always sensible. In some cases, we replace fillings before whitening. Each case is treated individually and the decision regarding the sequence of procedures is made by the doctor. The best moment to do it, including the matching of the teeth with the new colour, is around 2 weeks after the whitening process is completed and the final treatment effect is established. Before the treatment, it is necessary to:
- remove sediment and tartar from the teeth;
- fill carious cavities with temporary material;
- replace leaking fillings (temporary material);
- check that your periodontium is in good condition.