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Practical teeth whitening tips

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Teeth Whitening is not an operation that suits everyone in the same way. Some want to look their best on a date with their high school buddies, while others have less than 24 hours to get a beautiful and bright smile on last minute dates.

According to the time period we have, there are methods that give the best results to whiten your teeth. You can have 5 minutes, 7 days or 1 month.

Apply lipstick to your lips. The color of your lips makes our teeth appear whiter in contrast. If your teeth look yellow; You should prefer cherry or bubble gum pink colors. The blue undertones contained in these colors will reveal the whiteness of your teeth. If your teeth look grayish, try copper or bronze shades; These colors bring out the whiteness in gray teeth.
Contact your dentist. During dental cleaning, the dentist cleans a naturally formed film layer on your teeth and if there is any accumulated plaque, they will also be removed. After cleaning, the teeth look cleaner, brighter and reflect light differently.
When my patients get married, as a small wedding gift, I invite them the day before the wedding, clean their teeth and do a quick polish. In this way, they have brighter smiles for photos. This is something you can do the day before important events. Don’t worry, teeth cleaning is a completely natural process.
Rinse with water after morning coffee. Coffee and tea are the biggest causes of discoloration on the teeth, and this coloration can be minimized by rinsing the mouth with water. Even more effective; Always carry a toothbrush and dental floss in your bag. Thus, you can brush your teeth and clean the interface 30 minutes after each coffee or tea. Otherwise, the particles in the coffee will adhere to the biofilm until the next meal and cause discoloration on the tooth surface, and may also penetrate into the dentin.

Consult your physician for office whitening. This whitening is provided several times a week with an average of one hour sessions. Your dentist applies 35% Carbamide Peroxide gel to your teeth for 30 – 45 minutes. This application causes a visible increase in the brightness of your teeth. This whitening gives you a much brighter and more beautiful smile within 1 week.
Get an electric toothbrush. The rubbing action of the electric toothbrush removes the discoloration and provides a very effective help in providing the brightness of the teeth. Brush your teeth for 2-3 minutes by holding the oscillating head of the brush. To support this, use a tooth whitening paste and you can consult your dentist for brand support in this regard.
If you use this brush, you will notice the change in the brightness of your teeth within 1 week.
Use whitening sticks. Bleaching sticks give very good results in young people whose teeth have not been deformed yet and whose structural integrity is preserved. However, care must be taken that the whitening sticks do not come into contact with the gingiva. Otherwise, it creates a reaction with the gingival tissue. For this reason, I do not recommend it to everyone.

Get special whitening plates for your dentist’s home teeth whitening system that you can apply at home along with in-office teeth whitening. This method is the safest and most effective method. You will have a plaque that is compatible with your teeth and that you can use for years.
After the office type teeth whitening mentioned above, your dentist gives you a tooth whitening gel in 10-15% Carbamide Peroxide plaque and you need to use it for 1-2 hours a day. While some patients see the result within days, in some patients this period may take 2-3 weeks.
Teeth show yellowing with age. For this reason, whitening plates are a useful and functional system that supports office type teeth whitening. It is also a safe method. The contact of the whitening gel with the oral mucosa is more limited, however, the user should not apply the gel too much and preferably not sleep by wearing it while lying down.
Apply for cosmetic procedures. This should be the last resort. With Lamina Veneers (Leaf Porcelains), you can obtain teeth with perfect shape and color and naturalness. Lamina veneers are restorations made of fine porcelain and adhered to the tooth. Most famous people have perfect smiles thanks to porcelain laminates.
However, porcelain veneers are costly and need to be replaced on average every 15 years. You should not switch to this option too quickly. The original tooth tissue is always healthier, with today’s technology, I recommend choosing veneers that can be applied without abrading the teeth or with minimal abrasion

Establish strict, enduring oral hygiene habits for yourself. Usually 4 weeks is enough time to get used to it.
If you want to make your teeth brighter in less than 5 weeks, you need to get into brushing and floss habits. With tooth brushing, flossing and regular visits to the dentist, you prevent bacterial growth and keep your teeth white.
Don’t look for cheap. Make sure you get your money’s worth and effort. Having a beautiful smile is worth everything.

Dentist Onur Ozturk