Facts What You Need to Know About Teeth Whitening

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Tooth whitening is a chemical process


Bleaching or tooth whitening is a process that using peroxide group of compounds such as hydrogen peroxide, carbamide peroxide and unique intensive PAP formula that Smilerex® brand is offering. These compounds when activated in contact with the surface of a tooth release free radical oxygen, which penetrates the outer layers of the tooth and oxidize the colour producing pigments giving it whiter appearance. Now these treatments may be done in a dental clinic or at home (with products dispensed by your dentist).


Whitening is not permanent


Bleaching is not a permanent treatment and its effect may last 2-4 months. With a few precautions on your part and regular touch ups, you may be able to maintain an everlasting white smile.


Post whitening care is necessary


Post bleaching, reducing intake of food that could stain teeth, such as tea, coffee, wine, sodas, etc. is necessary. One also needs to keep at bay habits such as smoking or tobacco usage. Apart from that, one needs to maintain meticulous oral hygiene by brushing and flossing the teeth regularly.  


Professional tooth whitening is not for everyone


You may not be a good candidate for the procedure if:

You are child or adolescent (unless recommended by the dentist)

You are a pregnant or lactating woman

You have teeth that have cavities, gum disease, exposed tooth roots, incomplete dental work or hypersensitivity

You have restorations such as bonded fillings, veneers or crowns on the front teeth unless they are to be replaced post bleaching


If done right, there are no side effects


    The side effects are negligible and limit themselves to slight sensitivity of teeth, which may last for about a few hours to a few days post the bleaching session. Sometimes the gums might get irritated due to the seepage of the bleaching agent to the gums.