WHAT CAUSES TOOTH DISCOLORATION?
Discoloring may appear in primary or permanent teeth. Especially the discoloration of the front teeth causes aesthetic anxiety in both parents and children. Colorations can be seen in brown – black, yellow – orange, or green – gray colors. Families may think that the child’s teeth are decayed.
Discoloration can have many causes. The most common causes; Inadequate oral hygiene, the use of iron drugs and the increase of some color-giving bacteria in the mouth.
HOW TO TREAT TEETH DISCOLORATIONS?
After determining the cause and type of external coloration, treatment can be done. Generally, discolorations can be removed by a detailed cleaning (politure) with pastes containing fluoride. In some cases, ultrasonic cleaning devices can also be used. However, in order for the treatment to be effective, daily oral care should be taken care of.
Teeth whitening treatment is a different application from traditional cleaning methods. This application can be done in the oral environment in two ways.
- Office whitening: With a bleaching agent (Carbamide Peroxide) applied while the patient is sitting on the couch in the dental clinic.
- Home bleaching: By applying the diluted form of the bleaching agent to the plate made for the patient.
THINGS TO CONSIDER AFTER TEETH WHITENING
- More or less sensitivity may be seen in teeth that have been whitened. These sensitivities are temporary, they disappear in 1-3 days. Painkillers can be used on the first day if necessary.
- Extreme cold or heat should be avoided for the first few days.
- Products containing dark colors such as cigarettes, tea, coffee, chocolate, red wine, cherry, caramel, tomato paste should not be used for at least 3-4 days after the end of the process.
- The use of whitening toothpaste will also prolong the whitening effect. Toothpastes or tooth powders containing abrasives should never be used.
- Abrasive products cause both discoloration and sensitivity after a certain period of time.
- The effect of whitening is maintained for a long time in patients who should brush their teeth at least twice a day, have regular check-ups for 6 months, do not smoke and do not consume excessive tea and coffee.
- In patients who do not comply with these rules, there may be a return, and as a result of the return, re-whitening can be performed.