Teeth Whitening Lisbon, MINT Clinic
Teeth whitening is an aesthetic dental treatment that allows the patient to achieve a whiter smile quickly, without damaging the teeth and without surgery.
It is a dentistry branch responsible for the aesthetics and restoration of fractured teeth, as well as the restoration of carious teeth and tooth whitening .
Types of Teeth Whitening
Laser Teeth Whitening at the Clinic:
Perform a teeth whitening in the clinic is a medical act and, in this sense, only oral health professionals are able to perform this procedure safely and effectively.
In this type of tooth whitening a highly concentrated whitening product is used and requires the protection of oral structures. This high concentration of the tooth whitening product makes this procedure the fastest of all types of tooth whitening.
The use of a light source with the ability to interact and participate in the activation of the whitening agent makes this process even faster.
Thus, in just one teeth whitening session can be achieved the results expected by the patient..
In addition, laser tooth whitening is the most suitable type of whitening prior to the dental veneer treatment.
This type of teeth whitening, although performed at home, should include the supervision of the dentist. The treatment is performed in the comfort of your home, using trays, or gutters made from the exact shape of the patient's mouth, where the whitening product will be placed.
Thus, with the gutters, a perfect adaptation to the teeth is achieved, which is fundamental for the success and safety of the treatment because, despite being a less concentrated product, the whitening gel can damage the gums in case of extravasation.
Usually this type of tooth whitening is performed to complement the whitening treatment in the clinic or, occasionally, to maintain the whitened tooth color.
Benefits of Teeth Whitening
The great advantage of teeth whitening is that significantly improves dental aesthetics and therefore our self-esteem . Getting an ultra-white hollywood smile is not always possible, but our patients always finish their teeth whitening appointments with a big smile, much more vain with their teeth.
In addition to this personal benefit there is also a great advantage in dental terms, since to perform a tooth whitening there is no need to perform any kind of invasive procedure .
Another big plus is undoubtedly the time for teeth whitening treatment. Increasingly, the stresses of our daily lives limit clinic visits and the availability of dental appointments. Teeth whitening emerges as a quick fix for aesthetic improvement without requiring hours of waiting.
Teeth Whitening: Before and After
Teeth whitening aims to restore the natural coloration of the teeth. It can be performed after a clinical and radiological evaluation of the dental and periodontal condition of the patient's mouth.
Although the natural color of teeth may differ from person to person, certain factors such as tobacco, coffee, wine, pigmented foods, carbonated drinks or tartar may also contribute to changes in tooth coloration.
How Professional Teeth Whitening Is Done?
We explain the process of teeth whitening below in a simple way.
Before applying the whitening product, a preparation of the surrounding tissues is done to safely perform this procedure. This preparation includes:
- Put Vaseline on the lips for hydration throughout the session;
- Place a lip retractor in the patient's mouth and cotton rollers that help absorb saliva.
- Applying gingival protector around the teeth to avoid contact with the gel, which may cause a slight burning sensation.
- And finally, applying a tooth whitening gel activator.
After finishing the preparation process, we started the tooth whitening process with the whitening gel.
The whitening gel used at the MINT Clinic has a series of components that reduce sensitivity and react to an LED light. Basically, its function is to open the “pores” of the teeth and cause a chemical reaction that whitens the tooth from the inside out.
Duration of Treatment
How long does teeth whitening last?
In my case, for example, the treatment lasts for five years, as I rarely drink coffee, I don't smoke, and I am very careful about oral hygiene.
How Long Does a Tooth Whitening Consultation Last?
The teeth whitening consultation lasts 1 hour, and every 15 minutes the activator and the gel are replaced. In the end, we remove the products and accessories, and the patient's cheek normally.
Is tooth whitening safe?? Are there any contraindications?
Since performed and / or accompanied by an oral health professional and using good products available at dental clinics, tooth whitening is an extremely safe procedure. Like any dental treatment, there are inherent risks that are recognized and controlled by the dentist or hygienist. These include post-treatment tooth sensitivity and gingival irritation that may occur from contact with the concentrated whitening product.
In the OTC market, in turn, there is a wide spectrum of products that advertise as “tooth whiteners” but whose effectiveness is questionable. Since they present significant differences in clinical whitening products, it is not possible to assert their safety or effectiveness.
Anyone with good oral health can apply for teeth whitening. For this, a prior evaluation is essential to detect situations that may influence the outcome of the procedure. Dental caries lesions, gingivitis, periodontal pockets or infiltrated restorations are examples of problems that must first be resolved before any whitening procedure.
Furthermore, extensive restorations, dental crowns or existing dental veneers may influence the result as these materials do not whiten like the natural dental surface.
Pregnant and nursing mothers are advised not to perform tooth whitening during these periods. Not because of the risk that there might be a complication, but as a precaution.
Patients under the age of 18 are also advised to wait for adulthood, at which time there is a guarantee that there are no immature teeth that could be damaged by whitening products.
Care After Teeth Whitening
The work of teeth whitening does not end in the clinic. The patient should use transparent silicone gutters for 3 days during the night rest period with a viscous gel that prevents regression of the color of the tooth enamel.
These gutters are made from molds with the shape of each patient's dentition. They can be done before (recommended) or after tooth whitening treatment.
Because the pores are open 24 to 48 hours after treatment, care should be taken to avoid the consumption of acidic or pigmented foods or beverages such as coffee, teas, berries, curries, tomato sauce, natural juices, red wine and soft drinks.
If the patient fails to follow the recommendations, at least he or she should drink some water after eating the mentioned foods, brush their teeth or rinse their mouth with an elixir. Tobacco should also be avoided as much as possible.
I decided to do the teeth whitening. What is the next step?
The first step is to choose a reliable teeth whitening Clinic and make an oral hygiene assessment.
Prior to teeth whitening, dental scaling should be performed and, if tooth decay is present, it should also be eliminated. As I often say: first health, then aesthetics.
Another important factor to consider is whether the patient has restorations because they do not whiten and may need to be changed posteriorly for the dentition to have a homogeneous color.