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Teeth Whitening (KL)

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure designed to lighten teeth and enhance smiles by removing stains and discolouration. People choose to whiten for aesthetic reasons or due to staining from smoking, ageing, or consuming certain foods and beverages.

Teeth Whitening Services

The treatment may use a combination of a whitening teeth gel and laser teeth whitening to enhance the whitening process. The gel often contains a hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide solution, which helps break down stains and discolouration on the surface of the teeth.

Usually, a special light or laser may be used to activate the whitening gel. This light or laser helps to accelerate the whitening process by enhancing the effectiveness of the bleaching agent.

There are many types of teeth whitening (KL) in Kuala Lumpur provided by us in Hello Dental Clinic.

Blanc One Express Whitening

A quicker and more affordable option of whitening that is done after the regular scaling and polishing treatment by just adding on 10 minutes of light activated whitening procedure.

Results are usually immediately visible, usually up to 3–5 shades in shade improvement; and does not cause much sensitivity due to the low percentage of peroxide and shorter contact time.

Limitations: Due to its lower concentration, the whitening effect is lower in efficiency and less lasting compared to the conventional high concentration whitening procedures.

tooth whitening improving stained teeth

Home Whitening

Whitening treatment that can be performed by individuals in the comfort of their own homes. Special trays that are custom fabricated for each individual will be provided by the dentist, along with the whitening gels that contain hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide.

These gels are then placed into the tray, which would be required to be worn over the teeth for a specified period of time, usually daily for a few weeks.

Limitations: Highly dependent on compliance of patients to ensure its efficiency Not immediate, but gradual results.

in-office teeth whitening system

In-Office Whitening

Professional dental teeth whitening done chair side by the dentist, which typically involves stronger bleaching agents. Protection of the gums and soft tissues by application of barriers are usually required to prevent the whitening gel from chemically burning the gums.

The gel typically contains higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, and light or laser activation to follow. It would typically require 3–4 cycles, 15 minutes each cycle to achieve the best results.

This is usually the pick for patients who want obvious and immediate results right after treatment; and generally will last 1–3 years depending on lifestyle.

Limitations: Typically higher chance of sensitivity due to its higher concentration of the chemical used May cause some gum irritation due to seepage of the whitening gel into the gums during the procedure.

Walking Bleach

This is a dental technique used to whiten a tooth that has become discoloured intrinsically. The discolouration often happens as a result of trauma, root canal treated tooth or certain medications. Unlike the external stains, this affects the inner layer of the tooth.

Therefore, it is necessary to apply the whitening agent in the pulp chamber of the tooth to whiten the tooth from inside out, after root canal has been performed on the tooth.

natural teeth whitening results

What to do after teeth whitening treatment?

After teeth whitening, it is essential to take some steps to maintain our newly brighter smile and minimise the risk of staining. Here are some of the tips on what to do after teeth whitening:

  1. Avoid Staining Foods and Beverages: For the first 24–48 hours after whitening, it is best to avoid food and beverages that can stain your teeth, such as coffee, tea, red wine, berries, curries. These substances can counteract the whitening effects and potentially re-stain your teeth.
  2. Be Mindful of Smoking: If you smoke, try to avoid smoking for at least 24–48 hours after whitening. Smoking can contribute to tooth discolouration and may diminish the results of your whitening treatment.
  3. Practise Good Oral Hygiene: This is essential as for normal daily practice, with or without whitening treatment. You should maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine by brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing or water flossing daily. Using a whitening toothpaste may also maintain your results and prevent new stains from forming. However, please consult your dentist to see if it is suitable for your use.
  4. Use a Straw When Having Beverages: This is especially when drinking beverages that can stain your teeth, such as coffee or tea, as using a straw can minimise the contact with your teeth. This can help to reduce the risk of staining and prolong the results of your whitening treatment.
  5. Frequent Rinse With Water: After consuming staining foods or beverages, rinse your mouth with water to help wash away any residue and prevent staining. This can also help to maintain good oral hygiene and freshness.
  6. Regular Dental Check-up: Schedule regular dental check-ups and cleanings to ensure that your teeth and gums remain healthy. Your dental professional can monitor the condition of your teeth and provide guidance on maintaining the whitening results.
  7. Consider Touch-up Treatments: Over time, the effects of teeth whitening may diminish due to factors such as diet, lifestyle habits, and natural ageing. Consider touch-up treatments as needed to maintain your whiter smile.

FAQs on Teeth Whitening

Whitening generally only involves the application of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide on the surface of the teeth, which helps in breaking down stains and discolouration on the surface of teeth; therefore whitening the teeth. No trimming or thinning of teeth will happen in this procedure.