Teeth whitening: Origin, benefits and contraindications

With the passage of time, the intake of food and other factors (poor hygiene, blows, snuff …), the white colour of our teeth is lost as the years progress. This fact is not something that determines the state of one’s health, but with its use, the enamel and other parts of the tooth are darkening. It is a natural process that can rarely be avoided, but it can be treated. Professional teeth whitening is a real and affordable solution for all those who wish to have a whiter and brighter smile. That is why today we come to talk in depth about teeth whitening, what is its origin, the advantages it has and some contraindications. Let’s begin.

Origin of teeth whitening

It is said that it was in 1989 in North America, when doctors Haywood and Heymann found a real solution to the problem of loss of whiteness in the teeth. Until now, many had tried unsuccessfully, but it was in the late 1980s when real and acceptable results were obtained for the purpose in which they worked. Basically, this first globally accepted tooth whitening was based on the application of carbamide peroxide gels.

From this discovery, the teeth whitening techniques have been progressively improving until today, where in addition to gels, we also use other elements such as bleaching lamps and other methods that offer fast and excellent results. A correct diet and no smoking, along with the application of certain treatments or the use of toothpastes that include substances beneficial to the task in question can help, but teeth whitening as such has always been considered as something professional.

Types of teeth whitening

  • Photoactivation whitening: Method less than one hour long with which we see immediate results. It combines application of gels with activation by LED light.
  • Whitening at home: Plastic splints are used on which the bleaching gel is applied and they will be placed as indicated by the expert dentist in these types of treatments.
  • Mixed whitening: : Combines the two previous types. Basically, it focuses on strengthening home treatment with sporadic photoactivation sessions.
  • Internal whitening: Focused on patients who have teeth that do not reach the blood supply for different reasons. It must be done in the clinic and is completely painless.

Benefits of professional teeth whitening

The advantages and positive repercussions of teeth whitening are mostly aesthetic. But we should not underestimate our appearance since, after all, our self-esteem or our mood depends on this. We won’t say how important appearance is in careers dealing with the public or with fashion.

  • Improve your smile: A white denture will always make your smile stand out more. No matter how beautiful your denture is, if it doesn’t look white and shiny, it won’t attract attention as it should.
  • Improves self-esteem: Not having complexes when it comes to smiling will make us have a better mood, transmitting good feelings to the people around us and spreading the good mood in others.
  • It is not painful; it is not expensive and it is fast: Teeth whitening is a completely painless technique that any patient can receive. In addition, the price is not at all something out of the ordinary and is affordable for any financial situation and best of all, the results appear fast.

Recommendations and contraindications

Like everything else in this life, excess or bad advice can have a negative impact on the health of our teeth. It is important not to become obsessed with having excessively white teeth, as tooth whitening over-treatment can damage tooth enamel. Also, there are situations in which the teeth cannot reach the desired tone, having to perform other treatments such as porcelain veneers. Another note about the side effects of teeth whitening (if abused), is that hypersensitivity may appear in the teeth. Of course, it is something temporary that should disappear after the treatment.

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