Ideally, tooth color should last for several years. However, that said, a precise time frame cannot be given. The time frame depends strongly on the patient’s lifestyle. Smoking and coffee consumption affect the color of the teeth. Regular professional teeth cleaning, on the other hand, has a positive effect on the brightness of the teeth.
The professional bleaching service in our practice will remove discolorations and allow you to beam again!
‘Professional bleaching – this is only available in a dental practice! Or would you rather buy your bread in a flower shop?’
Radiant, bright teeth stand for vitality, health and attractiveness. However, the natural color of our teeth often looks different. Yellow and brownish discolorations cling to the teeth and detract from our appearance. This is not always related to a lack of dental care. There are many reasons for tooth decolorization:
- Certain foods such as coffee, tobacco or red wine leave color particles on the tooth surfaces.
- Teeth become darker with age.
- Certain drugs promote tooth decolorization.
- If a tooth undergoes root treatment, it can become discolored.
- An overdose of fluoride also triggers a change in tooth color.
During dental bleaching, the teeth are gently brightened by active oxygen. Even discolorations which have penetrated deep into the enamel can be eliminated by bleaching. Similarly, a natural dark tooth color can also be brightened through bleaching.
The dark color pigments are brightened with special carbamide- or hydrogen peroxide-containing substances. This procedure resembles hair bleaching or having hair dyed blonde at the hairdresser. Upon request, teeth can be lightened from two to up to eight color levels.
Modern bleaching procedures are painless and gentle on the teeth. Through repeated applications, even severe discoloration can be eliminated, resulting in marked brightening of the teeth.
- Office bleaching: This procedure helps with discolorations that have penetrated the tooth from the outside. The treatment is only carried out in the practice. In this procedure, the dentist applies the bleaching agent externally to the teeth and leaves it for some time. With a special lamp, or laser light, the dentist can then intensify the effect.
- Walking Bleach: This technique is an internal brightening therapy which is used for tooth discoloration in teeth with root fillings. The procedure requires placement of the bleach, by the dentist, into the opened tooth. A few days are required until the desired brightening is achieved. During this period, the tooth is temporarily closed.
- Home Bleaching: For this purpose, the dentist manufactures a dental splint at the practice. The bleaching process is carried out independently by the patient as instructed by the dentist. The tooth splint is filled with the bleaching agent and is worn for one or several hours by the patient. The application period is two to six weeks.
Costs depend largely on expenses incurred within the practice, which result from the degree of discoloration and the subsequent extent of required bleaching. As a rule, each jaw is calculated individually.
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How long does a bleaching last?
What about over-the-counter remedies available from drugstores?
These methods are not only unsuccessful but can also cause inflammation and irritate the tissue. Therefore, attempting to bleach teeth using a “do it yourself” approach should be avoided.
What are the requirements for bleaching?
Before bleaching, stubborn deposits are removed from the teeth and interdental spaces via a professional cleaning of the teeth. Only then can we determine how severe discoloration of teeth actually is. Additionally, it must be confirmed that the teeth contain no holes as a result of caries. If the bleaching substance penetrates into the tooth through such a hole, damage to the tooth may occur.
What support can I expect from my health insurance fund for aesthetic corrections?
Purely cosmetic corrections, such as bleaching, are considered personal contributions and are not reimbursed by health insurance providers. Larger corrections however, which are necessary on medical grounds, may be partly accepted by providers. In such a case, you should contact your provider to obtain a binding statement.
Can dental prostheses also be lightened?
No, prostheses cannot be lightened. Anyone who decides to undergo bleaching should therefore be prepared to have fillings and prostheses replaced.
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