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Teeth Whitening Process in Turkey

Teeth Whitening Process in Turkey

One of the main elements of having a perfect smile is to have white teeth. With the increasing desire to have an aesthetic smile, teeth whitening methods are resorted to in order to have brighter and whiter teeth. Teeth whitening is divided into two main categories: at-home bleaching and in-office bleaching. Today, with the developing technology, effective methods of laser whitening and methods that get results in a short time have also started to be applied.

What is Teeth Whitening?

Teeth whitening is the general name given to the methods applied to bleach the teeth to reach a few shades lighter color, which is included in dental aesthetic applications. With the methods applied by dentists, it is ensured that the teeth have lighter tones from a few months to three years. Yellowing of the teeth may occur due to heavy antibiotic use, coffee and tea consumption, and smoking. The amount of fluoride in the drinking water can also cause changes in tooth colors. With teeth whitening, the severity of such yellowing or discolorations can be reduced.

Information About Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a procedure performed for aesthetic purposes that can be applied to every adult man and woman who does not have dental and gingival diseases. After the dental examination, if the doctor deems it appropriate, treatment planning is made taking into account the patient's wishes. Teeth whitening methods are divided into two main categories.

  • In-office teeth whitening

  • Home whitening

After teeth whitening procedures, people can have more white and shiny teeth.

How is the Teeth Whitening Process Performed?

During the teeth whitening process, a whitening gel is applied to the teeth. Then a light or laser is held on the teeth to activate whitening. The whitening process usually takes an hour long and the patient does not feel any pain during the procedure. Teeth whitening procedures are performed in professional dental clinics.

Is There Any Harm in Teeth Whitening?

Teeth whitening applications are applications that do not damage the teeth if the correct products are used and applied by a dentist. In order for gum health not to be negatively affected and for high efficiency to be obtained from the application, it is necessary to perform procedures under the supervision of a dentist.

What to Pay Attention to After Teeth Whitening?

It is necessary to avoid the consumption of acidic and pigmented foods and beverages for 48 hours after teeth whitening procedures. Light-colored foods and drinks should be preferred. During this period; foods and beverages such as wine, coffee, tea, sugary foods, cocoa, lemon, cherry, pomegranate and raspberry should not be consumed.

How Permanent Is Teeth Whitening?

The permanence of teeth whitening varies according to the diet after treatment, oral and dental health care and the drugs used by the person. The duration of treatment permanence may be shortened in people with the habit of smoking and heavy coffee consumption. In a similar way, if tooth brushing and oral care are not performed, the treatment time is shortened. In such cases, the treatment loses its permanence within 1 year, while in some people it can last up to 3 years.

What is Laser Teeth Whitening?

Laser teeth whitening is a procedure performed by a dentist, in which bleaching is provided with whitening gel followed by laser beams. Thanks to high-intensity light beams, the whitening gel is activated. Stain molecules on the teeth are removed with activated gel.

How is Laser Teeth Whitening Performed?

Laser teeth whitening is performed in the dentist's office. During the preliminary examination to be performed, the doctor evaluates the patient's suitability for treatment. During the procedure, a rubber support is placed in the patient's mouth and the patient wears protective glasses to protect from laser rays. A gum barrier is added to protect the gums. Then a bleaching gel is applied to the front surface of the teeth. After a few minutes, laser beams are directed to the teeth. Laser beams activate the bleaching gel by heating it. After the completion of the whitening, the rubber support and the gum barrier are removed and the process is completed.

What is in-office bleaching?

In-office teeth whitening is a method that is preferred with its fastness and provides long-term whitening. Gels with an intense concentration of hydrogen peroxide are preferred during application. It is a method that can also be applied to patients with gingival recession. In office-type teeth whitening, only bleaching gels can be used, also light applications such as lasers can be used to speed up the treatment.

What Should Be Taken into Account When Having In-Office Whitening?

In-office whitening must be applied by a dentist. It should be ensured that the preferred clinic uses high-quality materials. Otherwise, serious damage to the gums may develop or the desired efficiency of the treatment may not be obtained.

How Many Sessions Does In-Office Teeth Whitening Take?

In-office whitening is usually completed within two sessions. However, the duration of treatment may vary depending on the patient's condition and dental structure.

What is Home Teeth Whitening?

Home teeth whitening is the person's own application of teeth whitening procedures at home with whitening kits that will be purchased by the person. This type of application should also be performed under the supervision of a dentist. For home applications, your dentist recommends special devices to place on top of teeth. Teeth whitening is provided with the gels that will be placed in these devices. The devices are often attached to the teeth for half an hour or an hour as recommended by the dentist. Thanks to this application, the dentist clinic can be visited less often.

What are the Methods of Home Teeth Whitening?

Whitening toothpaste and whitening strips are among the methods of teeth whitening that can be used at home. The toothpaste method is not as effective as other methods and needs to be applied for a longer time. Whitening strips, on the other hand, contain low doses of hydrogen peroxide. Teeth whitening can be done at home with this method, which can be applied once or twice a day. However, both methods are not as effective as in-office teeth whitening.

What is Combined Teeth Whitening (Home and In-Office whitening)?

Combined teeth whitening treatment is a combination application of home and in-office whitening. After the whitening procedure is performed at the clinic, the person continues the whitening process at home with specially-made dental trays. Whitening gel should be applied to the inside of the dental trays in such a way that it is spread evenly to each tooth. Usually, gel-applied trays are placed on the teeth while sleeping at night. With combined therapy, it is aimed to increase both the success of treatment and its permanence.

What is single tooth whitening (internal bleaching)?

Internal whitening is the internal whitening of the tooth to get rid of the yellow coloring that develops on the outer part of the tooth. It is a method usually applied after root canal treatment. It is a procedure performed only on damaged teeth. It can also be preferred if the desired result cannot be obtained from one or several teeth in teeth whitening methods.

In internal whitening, the filling on the tooth is removed and a whitening gel is applied inside the tooth. Then the tooth is resealed with a filling. If necessary, the process can be repeated more than once.

Tooth Whitening Prices

Teeth whitening prices vary depending on the preferred method and whether the person needs any treatment beforehand. Before the teeth whitening procedure, the patient should have a healthy gum structure and there should be no caries in the teeth. Procedures can be applied for mouth problems that existed before whitening. For this reason, accurate information about tooth whitening prices can be accessed after a preliminary examination with a dentist.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is There an Age Limit for Teeth Whitening?

Teeth whitening applications are recommended to be applied from the age of 18. Some sources emphasize that applications can be made from the age of 14. However, dentists recommend whitening applications from the age of 18, when oral and dental development is fully completed.

How Many Times Can I Have a Teeth Whitening Procedure?

If gum health and general oral health are appropriate, it is recommended to whiten once a year. For this reason, an exact number of whitening operations is not given.

Does Teeth Whitening Damage the Teeth?

A professional teeth whitening application under the supervision of a dentist does not damage the teeth. However, within a few days after the application, the air or extremely cold-hot meals may cause toothache. 

How Does the Tingling Go Away After Teeth Whitening?

It is normal to develop tingling after teeth whitening due to cold and hot meals or contact of teeth with air. The tingling decreases within a day or two and goes away on its own. In some cases, a desensitizing gel or toothpaste can be applied after the procedure.

Teeth whitening applications are provided at Liv Hospital. It is possible to have a more aesthetic smile after a professional teeth whitening process
* Liv Hospital Editorial Board has contributed to the publication of this content .
* Contents of this page is for informational purposes only. Please consult your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. The content of this page does not include information on medicinal health care at Liv Hospital .
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