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Tooth whitening
Published on 28 Jan. 2010 12:03 AM IST
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Tooth whitening are essentially a cosmetic dental procedure designed to remove stains and decolourization as well as lighten pigmentation of the teeth using bleaching chemicals and laser lights that results in giving a sparkly white smile. Tooth whitening also commonly known as tooth bleaching, is a procedure in general dentistry but most especially so in the field of cosmetic dentistry. A bleaching treatment can produce dramatic improvements in the cosmetic appearance of most stained teeth. The current must have accessory is a set of gleaming, pearly white teeth. Just like you determine the colour of your hair or eyes, you can determine the colour of your teeth. One of the easiest ways to improve your overall appearance; tooth whitening has rapidly become the hottest new makeover trick. Because white teeth are mostly associated with youth, health and celebrities, it’s no surprise that the Indian academy of Aesthetic and Cosmetic dentistry reports that the number of whitening procedures have increased more than 300 percent in the last five years. Tooth bleaching has been done in one form or another for many years, and it has proven itself to be safe and effective. This procedure is harmless and practically painless and most dentists now offer bleaching as an aesthetic treatment for their patients. Having white teeth contributes to self-confidence and is part of what represents beauty in the 21st century. So, does bleaching the teeth really work? Yes! Tooth whitening can remove all the stains on your teeth. A child’s deciduous teeth are generally whiter then the adult teeth that follows. As a person ages the adult teeth often become darker due to changes in the mineral structure of the tooth, as the enamel becomes less porous. As we get older, the dentine- the soft substance below the enamel that protects the nerves and blood supply to the tooth changes colour, becoming more yellow. Drinking too much tea or coffee, smoking or even coloured food can stain and discolour the tooth which causes reduction in the brilliance of the enamel. Everyday life will take its toll on our teeth. However, it is important to be aware that white fillings do not whiten with bleaching. Therefore, if you have any composite fillings in your front teeth, they may have to be replaced after the bleaching process since the shade of these fillings was chosen to match the teeth as they were before bleaching. In practice, however this is not always necessary and it depends upon patient to patient. Bleaching is not recommended in children under the age of 16. This is because the pulp chamber, or nerve of the tooth, is enlarged until this age. Tooth whitening under this condition would irritate the pulp and it could become sensitive. Tooth whitening is also not recommended in pregnant or lactating women. It is often said that a beautiful face achieves results or good first impression easily. Similarly, the teeth also draw in a great deal of attention and are significant factor in determining the attractiveness of a person. Whiter teeth are associated with beauty and healthier lifestyle. There are so many aspects in the human physiology that this issue can be connected to. The most notable physical evidence that a person is healthy is his/her outward appearance. This includes the texture and composition of the skin, the cleanliness of mouth, and other hygienic issues. Oftentimes, the face is the most and immediate seen part of the human body; thus, having it to look as presentable as one can is an important matter. Of all the parts if the human face, the easiest to reconstruct is none other than the teeth. Clean white teeth can play a crucial role in how you are first perceived by many. When people have whiter teeth, they tend to smile more often and are less self- conscious. In addition whiter smile tends to minimize the appearance of facial wrinkles, giving way to more youthful and energetic appearance. Whiter smile also gives people to whom you are speaking a place to focus on and gives you a friendlier appearance. Making important decisions about your oral health and cosmetic dental procedures could change your life making you more confident everyday and proud on how you smile. Now, that’s a way to a perfect smile! Dr. Aola Imcha, Perfect Smile Dental Care, K.C.Complex, Circular Road, Dimapur.

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