Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening

What Causes Teeth to Stain?

Teeth are porous, made up of hollow tube-like structures known as dentin tubules. When the surface ('enamel') takes up stains from food and drinks through the dentine tubules, staining happens. Acid food and beverages, such as carbonated drinks and red wine, deplete the enamel, raising the rate of stains from other food substances. In fact, some of the stains are caused by pigments embedded in a plague that has become coloured. However, staining can be reversed with good oral care, professional cleaning and whitening treatment.

Types of teeth whitening

  • In office teeth whitening 

  • Take home teeth whitening kit 

The Dentist may suggest a combination of Chair side and Take Home Teeth Whitening methods for the best effect. The additional Take Home kit is equipped to further whiten the teeth and ensure a longer-lasting result. In addition, after the chair side whitening, the Take Home kit can also be used as maintenance.

First visit to a dentist who will conduct a proper examination and diagnosis, followed by treatment preparation. The trays for your Take Home kit are also custom made with an impression of your teeth. The appointment is given for the second visit where the dentist uses Plasma Light Technology to perform the chair side whitening (see images). The Take Home kit is also provided during the same visit, and the patient continues to use the Take Home Kit for the next 4-5 days.

FAQs on Teeth Whitening

How long does the actual Chair side Teeth Whitening take?

It generally take 45 minutes to an hour with immediate results

Does the process hurt?

No, it doesn’t. However, prior to any sort of teeth whitening procedures, careful evaluation and assessment by the dentist should be carried out. This is because your teeth and gums should be healthy before starting. For example, any decayed teeth should be filled.

Are there any side effects?

For the first 24 hours, you’ll probably feel sensitivity on your teeth. This sensation can be controlled with painkillers.

How to reduce staining caused by food and drinks?

Coffee, red wine, curry and many other food contribute to teeth staining. To minimise staining:

  • Sip with straw when drinking

  • Reduce consuming these teeth-staining foods throughout the day

  • Brush your teeth after eating