A shining white smile is not only everybody’s dream, but represents an important part of a perfect look in today’s life. One possibility offered by aesthetic dentistry is teeth whitening with the help of a plasma lamp and laser. A second option is over-the-counter teeth whitening. Read on to see if teeth whitening abroad is for you!

Teeth whitening techniques

To whiten teeth, people often use not very effective at-home techniques. Two examples are trying to whiten with whitening toothpastes or homemade efforts with hydrogen peroxide. If you really want to whiten your teeth, the best way is to see your dentist. He/she can recommend either office bleaching, by which you see results within an hour, or over-the-counter bleaching, which lasts longer but the level of whiteness is more evident. The best results can be achieved with a combination of the two methods. If you are troubled with a dark non-vital tooth, one solution is whitening with the help of a special filling that bleaches the tooth from the inside. If you wish to have a shining white smile like Hollywood stars, the only possibility is the application of dental porcelain veneers– it is impossible to reach such colours through whitening.

Why teeth whitening Prague?

Prague has many attractive features for those considering teeth whitening abroad. Its location in Central Europe is easy to access and its experienced clinics and teeth whitening dentists ensure you'll receive the best possible care. Teeth whitening Prague costs are often much more affordable than in the UK or with the NHS. For more information about getting to and around the Czech Republic, please visit our handy cosmetic surgery Prague info guide.

Are you a good candidate for teeth whitening?

It is possible to whiten only absolutely healthy and well-maintained teeth. If you have already tried different techniques of teeth whitening and aren't satisfied with the results or if you require a radical change of your teeth colour, you may be a suitable candidate for professional teeth whitening. It is necessary to have a clear idea about the teeth colour you want to reach and have realistic expectations. Whitening can change the colour of your teeth a few shades. It is common to change two shades, at the most, four. Keep in mind there is the possibility, which one cannot know in advance, that the whitening will not have any effect. View teeth whitening before and after photos here to see what teeth whitening abroad can do for you.

Before teeth whitening

During the consultation, the doctor will first check the condition and consider the colour of your teeth. The dentist will ask you about your expectations concerning teeth whitening and will show you whitening possibilities on a colour list. Some people may need to have tarter removed from their teeth before the actual bleaching process. If you have had teeth whitening done in the past, inform your doctor. Tell him/her whether you are allergic to any medications or other substances. You will have to postpone the teeth whitening in case of any infectious disease of the oral cavity (virus disease, aphthosis, herpes etc.)

Anesthesia

Both office and over-the-counter teeth whitening is painless and does not require anesthesia. The inner teeth bleaching is performed under local anesthesia.

The teeth whitening in the office procedure

beleni-zubu112 The dentist will first apply a special resin gel on to the gums to protect them. Highly concentrated hydrogen peroxide (up to 35%) is put on the teeth to be whitened. It is then activated with a plasma lamp or laser. The light accelerates the whitening process. The whole whitening process takes approximately 90 minutes. The doctor will provide you with all information regarding follow-up dental care. For several days after the surgery, it is necessary to avoid food and drinks with a high concentration of pigment (white wine, coffee, tea, etc.) This will help prevent repigmentation of the teeth. In the future, teeth re-colouration can be limited by using special whitening toothpastes that your doctor will recommend. To discuss teeth whitening with other patients, visit our forum about teeth whitening.

The over-the-counter teeth whitening procedure

The dentist will make a custom-made impression of your teeth and the dental office will make a rubber mouthpiece tray. You will then put the mouthpiece tray filled with special whitening gel with a low concentration of hydrogen peroxide (maximum 10%) into your mouth every day for several hours (for example over night) for two weeks. Although this way of bleaching is more time consuming than the office bleaching, the results are usually more noticeable. Some whitening effects are visible even after the first application.

The best results can be achieved by combining office and over-the-counter whitening. The most significant inconvenience connected with office and over-the-counter bleaching is tooth sensitivity. It is temporary and it's possible to handle any problems by changing the method or by using a fluoride addition.

Inner tooth whitening

It is possible to effectively whiten dark or very yellow non-vital teeth by inner bleaching. Before the actual whitening, it is necessary to remove all dirt from the dental crown such as caries, coloured rests of root fillings etc. The tooth needs to have a perfect endodontic treatment (root canal treatment), which can take several hours. The dentist inserts a bleach filling into the dental crown and he/she closes the tooth. Approximately one week after he/she removes the filling and if needed, repeats the process. Another possibility is to put the whitening peroxide gel inside and outside of the tooth and to light it with a plasma lamp. This procedure takes only one hour but the whitening is not as perfect.

How long does the effect of teeth whitening last?

The final effect depends on excellent dental hygiene, types of foods eaten, smoking and your general life style. Only with perfect dental hygiene is it possible to prevent or slow down the collection of pigment on your teeth. After a very individual time period, you may feel dissatisfied with the colour of your teeth and are able to undergo another teeth whitening.

This text has been created with the kind assistance of Asklepion.

Updated: 2011-05-17

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