Frequently Asked Questions
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In order to increase public awareness about the importance of dental health, Sabka dentist provides all dental check-ups and consultations at no charges. The complete dental check-up at Sabka dentist includes:-
- Examining the gums
- Looking for signs of gum disease
- Checking for loose teeth
- Examining your tongue
- Checking your bite
- Looking for visual
- Evidence of tooth decay
- Checking for broken teeth
- Checking for damaged fillings
- Looking for changes in the gums covering teeth
- Evaluating any dental appliance you have
- Checking the contact between your teeth
- Taking X-rays
You can book a Dental Check-up by calling on 022-64648484 or you can request an appointment online.
The period may vary from 1-5 years depending on the misalignment of the teeth.
We have following different types of braces available. From tooth colored ceramic braces to conventional metal braces, we have it all under one roof!
- Braces – Metallic
- Braces – Ceramic
- Braces – 3M Metal (self-ligating)
- 3M-Metallic Braces
- 3M-Ceramic Braces Self Ligating
- 3M-Clear Ceramic Braces
The price of a root canal starts from Rs. 2,750 but it may vary from case to case.
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Why should i get my child checked out with braces at the age of 7?
- Some orthodontic problems are better treated at an early age i.e. the ages between 7 and 10. This is called as phase 1 or intervention orthodontics. Treatment at this time helps the phase 2 of the treatment to be completed at an easier and faster rate and also helps budget the treatment. Treatment at this time for certain cases is advisable cause the jaws are just developing and growing and intervening at this time will cause benefits in future treatment.
Are there any alternatives to braces?
- Unfortunately there are no alternatives to braces. However the metal braces can be replaced by more cosmetic options like ceramic braces and tooth colored wires. clear aligners and lingual braces that are placed at the back of the teeth are now advised instead of traditional braces. Many individuals now opt for veneers over braces. However this does not serve the purpose of correcting bites and also the veneers need to be replaced over time thus making the overall maintenance expensive.
Isn’t it a waste of money to start treatment before my childs milk teeth fall off?
- Not necessarily. Many problems like cross bites, narrow jaws, habits, open bites, large over bites etc are much easier to correct at an early age and delaying the treatment can result in difficulty in treating, unstable results, abnormal jaw growths, abnormal occlusion and wearing of the natural teeth.
How long do you need to wear braces?
- This depends upon the individual wearing the braces. It also depends upon the severity of the case. It can depend on the patient because of the cooperation of the patient, wearing auxiliaries like rubber bands etc., by eating less damaging food, maintaining good oral hygiene and coming for follow up appointments.
My kids teeth are coming in crooked. Do they definitely need braces?
- Possibly but not necessarily. When your child’s milk teeth are falling and permanent teeth are erupting, the stage is called the ugly duckling stage. However if significant crowding is seen then the child might need braces. An orthodontist would be the best judge.
Other than looking good do braces have other benefits?
- Braces help not only of cosmetic reasons but also for other purposes. Straightening teeth helps make cleaning easier preventing decay and other gum problems. They help in correcting the bite that can make chewing more efficient thus increasing the overall health of your child. It also helps in correcting speech problems. It reduces jaw pains due to correction of wrong bites.
I had braces as a kid are they still that bad?
- No they are much better. Though the process might not be enjoyable but its definitely less painful, less noticeable and more efficient. More cosmetic approaches like clear aligners and lingual braces have stepped in making it less noticeable. Also the metal and ceramic brackets are definitely smaller making the whole process less painful.
Will my child be in constant pain and discomfort?
- Initially your child might have some amount of pain. It may hurt for a couple of days after every monthly adjustment. However with the advance of medicine, painkillers can be prescribed and the child will eventually get used to it.
What should i do if my wire breaks?
- First of all don’t panic. Place some orthodontic wax if available or a wet cotton can be a good substitute. Don’t try cutting or placing the wire back to its position on your own. This can make matters worse. Take the next available appointment with your orthodontist and get the wire replaced.
My teeth feel loose is that normal?
- Yes. For braces to work the dentist applies some pressure to the teeth, loosening them so that they can be shifted to the next location that is needed. As the teeth move, some cells break down and new cells need to be formed to replace them. however this can take several weeks during which the teeth might feel loose. Don’t worry your teeth won’t fall out.
When is pain considered normal and when should i call the orthodontist?
- Pain is considered normal if after taking a pain killer the pain subsides. However if it doesn’t please contact the orthodontist. They must also be contacted if there is pain because of any loose brackets, broken wires, teeth that have come out, broken appliances etc which are causing a discomfort in opening the mouth.
Why do i keep drooling?
- Whenever you place anything in your mouth, the mouth sets off receptors in the brain to prepare your mouth to digest food. Hence when braces are placed in your mouth, initially the brain mistakes it for food. Also because of not being used to braces initially the lips show incompetency and they do not close. Hence it is difficult to swallow excessive saliva. Once your mouth gets used to the braces, the drooling gets better.
What are the consequences of not maintaining oral hygiene when I have braces?
- It could lead to cavities, gum problem, bad breath, tartar, stains and other serious health problems. It can also delay the time needed for braces. If the gums and teeth are in a bad state, the orthodontist might also remove the braces and wait till the situation gets better.
What kind of toothbrush is the best?
- It is believed that the electric tooth brush is the best since it goes in all the corners and cleans well. However if the manual tooth brush is more convenient for you then you could opt for that option as well.
Even though I need to brush my teeth after every meal, its not always possible when I am out. Is there any other alternative?
- You can carry a mouthwash in your bag and after your meal swish water vigorously few times to remove all the food that is stuck in your mouth.
Can i play sports with braces on?
- Sports can be played. However a mouth guard should be used in case of contact sports. Avoid sports in which you might get hit on the face like karate and boxing.
Will braces cause sores in my mouth?
- Yes braces cause sores in your mouth initially or when tightening is done at follow up appointments but not always. Washing your mouth with warm water and salt can reduce the sores. Applying wax can also prevent your skin from rubbing on the brackets.
Can I chew gum with braces?
- It is not usually recommended since it can pull the braces off. It is not usually recommended since it can pull the braces off.
Is there anything else i cant eat?
- Yes you should avoid hard, gooey, sticky or crunchy food.
What happens if the braces come off and i swallow them?
- It is generally not a problem since they are tested and they are safe. The parts just pass through your digestive system. The problem however arises when they get inhaled and go into your lungs.
Can I play musical instruments with braces?
- With practice and a period of adjustment, braces typically do not interfere with the playing of wind or brass instruments.
What is a dental crown?
- A dental crown completely encases a damaged tooth with a custom design, custom fit cap that fits perfectly over a damaged tooth. The crown thereby restores full functionality to a tooth.
What is a dental bridge?
- A bridge, also known as a fixed prosthesis, is made to replace one or more missing teeth. Unlike dentures it cannot be removed daily and cleaned. Bridges can be supported in any of three ways:
- By natural teeth
- By implants
- By a combination of teeth and implants
Why are crowns placed?
- Crowns may be placed for several reasons. Usually the tooth has been broken or severely damaged by decay. As a result, a filling can’t replace enough of the tooth or make the tooth strong enough. A crown may hold together parts of a cracked tooth. It also can be used to hold a bridge in place. Crowns can be used to improve appearance as well. They may be placed to cover misshapen or badly discolored teeth. They are also used to cover a dental implant. It can also be used to protect a weak tooth from fracturing.
What is the material used for crowns and bridges?
- There are 3 primary materials- all ceramic (porcelain), porcelain fused to metal, or gold.
What are side effects of dental bridges?
- There is a risk of gum infection and inflammation. There can be allergies to the materials being used. It also requires two healthy teeth adjacent the missing tooth to be shaped to accept the crowns of the new dental bridge.
What are the alternatives to dental bridge?
- Dental implants are used for replacing missing teeth today. While dental implants are more costly their benefits are much greater.
What are the different types of bridges?
- There are many types of bridges:
A cantilever bridge is held in the mouth by one or more crowns on only one side of the space where a tooth is missing.
A Maryland bonded bridge consists of a metal framework with “wings” on each side. The wings are bonded to the back of your existing teeth. The false teeth are also bonded to the framework. This type of bridge is also called a resin-bonded bridge or an acid-etched bridge.
Bonded bridges usually are not as expensive as traditional bridges. That’s because the adjacent teeth need less preparation and do not get crowns. However, these bridges are only as strong as the bonding material. Resin-bonded bridges tend not to stay cemented in place as well as other kinds in parts of the mouth where there is a lot of biting force. They also may not be the best choice if the wings will have to be small to avoid getting in the way of the bite or the gums.
Flossing teeth and brushing have the same importance, and we should use the dental floss once a day at least, but ideally should be done after every meal.
How should I floss my teeth?
- The technique used in flossing is more important than the type of floss you use.
Defect floss between your teeth, and then move the floss back and forth on both sides of every tooth, but never instill floss into the gums.
When the floss reaches the gum line, make it bend to take the C-shaped on one of the two teeth and then gently rub up and down. The use of the thread can be acquired skill.
If you have just started to use floss, be patient, it will become easier with the passage of time.
Why is flossing important?
- Floss helps to remove leftover food particles between the teeth and inside the gum pockets, which reduces the volume of plaque inside the mouth. And flossing is especially important in the prevention of gum disease, which is the main cause of tooth loss and the incidence of tooth decay.
How does rinsing help?
- As for mouthwash (rinsing), has several functions. Mouthwash genitive fluoride may help in the prevention of tooth decay, but mouthwash cleanser has temporarily kills certain bacteria that cause mouth odors.
What is dental implant?
- A dental implant is used to replace missing teeth. It supports one or more false teeth. It is a titanium screw that can replace the root of a tooth when it fails. Just like a tooth root, it is placed into the jawbone.
Are implants safe and how long will they last?
- Implants are a safe, well-established treatment.
How well do you take care of your implants – and whether you go for your regular appointments or not – will have the biggest impact on how long will they last.
If you don’t look after your implants they will develop a coating similar to that found on neglected natural teeth. Left untreated, this can lead to gum infection, bleeding, soreness and general discomfort. You could get all these problems with natural teeth.
If your implants are well looked after, and if the bone they are fitted to is strong and healthy, you can expect them to last for many years. However, just as with other surgical implants (such as a hip replacement) there is no lifetime guarantee.
Is it difficult to clean implants teeth?
- No, implants are not difficult to clean but aftercare is important if you want a long-lasting, successful implant. Your dentist will give you detailed advice on how to look after your implants. Cleaning around the teeth attached to the implants is no more difficult than cleaning natural teeth. However, there may be areas that are difficult to reach and you’ll be shown methods to help you.
Is implant always an option to replace missing tooth?
- Implants are an option to replace missing teeth but it depends on the condition of the bone in your jaw. The dentist will ask you to do a couple of special tests to find out the amount of bone still there. If there is not enough, or if it isn’t healthy enough, it may not be possible to place implants without grafting bone into the area first.
I have few of my natural teeth. Can I still get implants?
- Yes, you can have any number of teeth replaced with implants – from one single tooth to a complete set.
Do implants hurt?
- Placing an implant is usually easier than a tooth extraction and is usually done using a simple local anesthesia. You will not feel any pain at the time, but just like after an extraction, you may feel some discomfort during the week after the surgery.
How long does an implant treatment take?
- The dentist will be able to give you a rough timetable before the treatment starts.
Usually the permanent false teeth are fitted 3 to 4 months after the implants are put in. Sometimes treatment may take longer and your dentist will be able to tell to you about your treatment period
How to take of implants after they are put in?
- The dentist will give you instructions on how to look after your implant. They may give you some painkillers after the surgery.
What happens after the implant has been placed?
- Once your implants have been placed, the bone in your jaw needs to grow onto them and fuse to them. This will mostly take a few months. Sometimes the implants may be stable enough when they are fitted for the false teeth to be attached sooner than this.
If you are having one, two or three teeth replaced, you may have a temporary denture in the meantime. If you have full dentures,you can keep wearing these while your implants healing. Your dentures will need altering, to fit properly after the surgery, and a ‘healing cap’ will usually be placed onto the implant site to protect it.
If I had gum disease when I had my own teeth, will I get it again with the false teeth attached to the implants?
- Yes, if you don’t care for them well enough. If you keep them clean and have them regularly checked by your dentist you shouldn’t have any problems. Smoking also affects the health of natural teeth and implants. So, if you smoke, you may need to look after your implants more carefully.
Do the implants show?
- Most implants look exactly like natural teeth.
Is an implant needed for each missing tooth?
- If you have a single tooth missing, you will need one implant to support it. If you have more than one teeth missing, and these are next to each other, you could still have one implant for each tooth. Alternatively, you may find that two or more implants may be able to support more than one tooth each. Your dentist will tell you about the best option for you.
What if I meet with an accident?
- Implants and the teeth they support can be damaged by an accident in the same way that natural teeth can. So it is important that you wear a professionally made mouth guard if you play sports that involve contact or moving objects. If just the teeth are damaged, they can usually be removed from the implant and replaced.
However, if the titanium implant itself is damaged beyond repair, it can be safely left in the jaw if it is too difficult to remove. Another implant may be fitted alongside it to replace the damaged one.
What will happen if the implant does not fuse with the bone?
- This happens very rarely. If the implant becomes loose during the healing period, or just after, it is easily removed and your jaw will heal in the normal way. Once your jaw has healed, another implant can be placed there. Or the dentist can make a bridge, fitting it to the implanted false teeth that have ‘taken’.
What is a Root Canal?
- Root canal therapy is necessary when the pulp ie the nerve of the root is removed because it has been irreversibly damaged or infected due to decay, trauma or injuries. The therapy involves removal of the pulp throughout the root, cleaning and shaping the root and filling it with a synthetic polyester root canal filling material.
When do I need a Root Canal?
- You need a root canal in case you have one of the following symptoms:
- Sensitivity to hot or cold that lingers,
- Discomfort when chewing or biting,
- Dull ache or severe pain,
- Discomfort that wakes you up at night,
- Your dentist has diagnosed the need for endodontic treatment either by clinical exam or x-ray.
What will happen at my appointment?
- We will examine the x-ray and the tooth, then administer a local anesthetic.
- An opening will be made in the crown of the tooth and small instruments will be used to clean the canals and to shape the canal spaces for filling.
- Once the canals have been adequately cleaned and shaped, the canals will then be filled with a polyester synthetic root canal filling and sealer.
- A temporary filling is then placed to close the opening. Your dentist will remove the temporary filling before the tooth is restored.
Will it hurt during the procedure?
- With modern techniques and local anesthesia, its likely not to hurt during the procedure. However certain patients feel slightly sensitive.
Will it hurt afterward?
- In most cases the discomfort will subside dramatically within the first 24-48 hours. Any sensitivity to cold, hot or even breathing air “in” will be gone after your visit. Nevertheless, you may experience mild discomfort to pressure that could last for several days after treatment. Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory analgesics (pain killers that are available without a prescription at the chemist) such as ibuprofen, naproxen or aspirin usually relieves this discomfort. Tylenol has been proven not to be as effective as ibuprofen and related medicines. The most common predictor of post-treatment pain is pre-treatment pain. If the tooth is already hurting the root canal procedure will remove the cause and allow healing to begin. During the first 72 – 96 h we will prescribe an analgesic regimen that should allow you to begin healing pain-free. The most common complaint is tenderness to touch, bite, tapping or chewing on the tooth. It is always best to chew on the other side until a permanent restoration replaces the temporary restoration.
Benefits of Root Canal Therapy Versus Extraction?
- The single most important benefit of root canal therapy is that you keep your tooth. Extraction may lead to other dental problems. For instance, drifting of teeth, bite problems, TMJ discomfort, and the need to treat adjacent teeth that do not otherwise need dental treatment in order to restore the missing tooth. No matter how effective modern tooth replacements are – and they can be very effective – nothing is a good as your natural tooth.
Will my tooth need any additional treatment after a root canal?
- After a root canal, a final restoration will be placed on the tooth. After the restoration a crown i.e. cap will be placed on the tooth since the tooth becomes brittle after root canal procedures and its necessary to prevent the forces acting on the tooth.
How long will my root canal last?
- If the root canal has been done in a timely way and after that proper home care is taken and regular periodontal check ups are done, there is a chance that the tooth will last a life time maybe even for life.
If I am not having pain do i still need a root canal?
- Pain is only one indication that root canal treatment may be necessary. A healthy patient may harbor an infection inside a tooth, but due to a robust ability to fight infection, the patient may be unaware of what is happening inside the tooth. Your general dentist can often identify these teeth and refer you to an endodontist to have these infected teeth treated by root canal therapy before they cause swelling and pain.
How does tooth decay happen?
- Tooth decay happens when the enamel and dentine of a toothbecome softened by acid attack after you have eaten or drunk something that contains sugars. Over time, the acid makes a cavity (hole) in the tooth. ‘Dental decay’ is the same as tooth decay and is also known as ‘dental caries’.
Why does tooth decay happen?
- Tooth decay is caused by plaque acids that gradually dissolve away the enamel and dentine of the tooth. Decay damages your teeth and may require fillings or extraction.
What is plaque?
- Plaque is a thin, sticky film that keeps forming on your teeth. It contains many types of bacteria.
What is enamel?
- Enamel is the hard, protective outer coating of the tooth and is the hardest part of the body. It does not contain any nerves or blood vessels and is not sensitive to pain.
What is dentine?
- Dentine lies under the enamel, forming most of the tooth, and it can be very sensitive to pain. Dentine covers the central ‘pulp’ of the tooth.
Why does teeth decay happen?
- Decay happens when sugars in food and drinks react with the bacteria in plaque, forming acids. Every time you eat or drink anything containing sugars, these acids attack the teeth and start to soften and dissolve the enamel.
Snacking between meals on sugary or acidic foods and drinks can increase the risk of decay, as the teeth come under constant attack and do not have time to recover. It is therefore important not to keep snacking on sugary foods or sipping sugary drinks throughout the day.
What are the symptoms of dental decay?
- Inthe early stages of dental decay there are no symptoms, but your dentist may be able to spot a cavity in its early stages when they examine or x-ray your teeth.This is why you should visit your dentist regularly, as small cavities are much easier to treat than advanced decay.
What happens if I have a cavity?
- Once the cavity has reached the dentine your tooth may become sensitive, particularly with sweet foods and drinks, and acidic or hot foods.
As the decay gets near the dental pulp you may suffer from toothache. If the toothache is brought on by hot or sweet foods this may last for only a few seconds. As the decay gets closer to the dental pulp the pain may last longer. In this case, visit your dentist straight away as the tooth is dying and you may develop a dental abscess if it is not treated on time.
What happens if I don’t get the decay treated in time?
- Toothache is a sign that you should visit a dentist straight away, as it is a warning that something is wrong. If you don’t do anything, this will usually make matters worse and you may lose a tooth that could otherwise have been saved.
Which areas of my teeth are more likely to decay?
- The biting surfaces of the teeth and the surfaces between the teeth are most likely to decay, as food and plaque can get stuck in these areas. But any part of the tooth can be at risk.
What treatment will I require?
- If the decay is not too serious, the dentist will remove all the decay and restore the tooth with a filling. Sometimes the nerve in the middle of the tooth can be damaged. If so, the dentist will need to do a root canal treatment by removing the nerve and then restoring the tooth with a filling or a crown. If the tooth is so badly decayed that it cannot be restored, the dentist may have to extract it
Will I always need a filling?
- No. In the very early stages of decay, your dentist may apply a fluoride varnish onto the area. This can help stop further decay and help ‘remineralise’ the tooth. However, it is important to follow the cleaning routine your dentist, using fluoride toothpaste to prevent decay starting again.
What can I do to prevent decay?
- The best way to prevent dental decay is by brushing your teeth thoroughly twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, making sure that you brush the inner, outer and biting surfaces of your teeth. Using ‘interdental’ brushes, or dental floss also helps remove plaque and food from between your teeth and where they meet the gums. These are the areas where an ordinary toothbrush can’t reach.
What can I do to protect my teeth against decay?
- As each of the adult molars (back teeth) appears, and if the tooth is free from decay, a ‘fissure sealant’ can be used to protect the tooth. The sealant is a plastic coating that fills all the little crevices in the tooth surface, creating a flat surface that is easier to clean.This is called a ‘pit and fissure sealant’. Adults can also have this treatment if the teeth are free from decay. Your dentist will discuss whether this is right for you.
What else can I do?
- Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend, and have sugary and acidic food and drinks less often. Avoid snacking between meals to limit the times your teeth are under attack from acids.
Chewing sugar-free gum for up to twenty minutes after a meal can help your mouth produce more saliva, which helps to cancel out any acids which have been formed.
How can Sabka dentist help me prevent decay?
- Your dentist will show you what areas you need to take most care of while cleaning. They will also show you how to brush and floss correctly.
What is teeth whitening?
- Teeth whitening can be a very effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surfaces. It may not make a complete colour change, but it will definitely lighten the existing shade.
Why would I need my teeth whitened?
- There are a number of reasons why you might get your teeth whitened. Everyone is different; and just as our hair and skin colour vary, so do our teeth. Very few people have brilliant-white teeth, and our teeth can also become more discoloured as we get older.
Your teeth can also be stained on the surface by food and drinks such as tea, coffee, red wine and blackcurrant. Smoking can also stain teeth.
‘Calculus’ or tartar can also affect the colour of your teeth. Some people may have staining under the surface, which can be caused by certain antibiotics or tiny cracks in the teeth which take up stains.
What are the advantages of teeth bleaching?
- This mode of treatment has solely been developed to lighten teeth in a simple and comfortable manner. It can bring about a dramatic change in an almost everyone’s smile by changing a dull smile and yellow teeth to a bright smile with white teeth. The advantages of teeth bleaching are as follows:-
- Bleaching of healthy teeth is the safest and most conservative cosmetic treatment available for your teeth today.
- It generally requires no grinding of your teeth.
- It does not require any anesthesia and is painless and well tolerated.
- The time taken for bleaching is relatively less considering the number of teeth that can be done at one sitting.
- Bleaching works very well even when combined with other cosmetic treatment options to enhance the aesthetics of your teeth.
- The cost of bleaching is less when compared to other full mouth cosmetic treatment options.
- Bleaching does not damage your teeth, or change the structure of your teeth, nor does it change the shape or form of your teeth.
What does tooth whitening involve?
- Professional bleaching is the most usual method of tooth whitening. Your dentist will be able to tell you if you are suitable for the treatment, and will supervise it if you are. First the dentist will put a rubber shield or a gel on your gums to protect them. They will then apply the whitening product to your teeth, using a specially made tray which fits into your mouth like a gum-shield.
How is teeth bleaching done?
- Your Dentist will polish your teeth and check their current shade.
First the dentist will protect your gums and lips and will then apply the bleaching agent on the teeth to be lightened and leave it there for a specific period of time. Intermittently, your teeth may be exposed to a special light, which will accelerate the bleaching process. Alternatively, you may be given a tray containing the bleaching agent to wear while in the dental office.
How long does this teeth bleaching take?
- The teeth bleaching procedure usually takes about one hour.
How long will my teeth stay whiter?
- The effects of whitening are thought to last up to three years. However, this will vary from person to person. The effect is less likely to last as long if you smoke, or eat or drink products that can stain your teeth. Ask your dentist for their opinion before you start the treatment.
Are there any side effects of teeth bleaching?
- Some people may find that their teeth become sensitive to cold during or after the treatment. Others may have discomfort in the gums, a sore throat or white patches on the gum line. These symptoms are usually temporary and should disappear within a few days of the treatment finishing.
If any of these side effects continue you should go to your dentist.
When might tooth whitening not work?
- Tooth whitening can only lighten your existing tooth colour. Also it only works on natural teeth. It will not work on any types of ‘false’ teeth such as dentures, crowns and veneers.
If your dentures are stained or discoloured visit your dentist and ask for them to be cleaned.
How can I take care of my teeth the whitening procedure?
- You can help to keep your teeth white by cutting down on the amount of food and drink you have that can stain teeth. Don’t forget, stopping smoking can also help prevent discolouration and staining.
We recommend the following tips to care for your teeth:
- brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
- cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks
- visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.
What is the difference between cleaning and whitening?
- Cleaning teeth which is professionally called Scaling is the regular removal of stains and tartar from the tooth surface. Whereas teeth bleaching otherwise called tooth whitening is a procedure done to improve the whiteness of the teeth and make it look better cosmetically.
Will my teeth become sensitive after bleaching?
- Teeth may be sensitive during the week following the bleaching. This can be dramatically reduced by using Sensodyne toothpaste to brush your teeth the week prior to and the week following the bleaching process.
Is bleaching for you?
- Generally, bleaching is successful in at least 90 percent of patients, though it may not be an option for everyone. Consider tooth bleaching if your teeth are darkened from age, coffee, tea or smoking. Teeth darkened with the color of yellow, brown or orange respond better to lightening.
What is the right age for bleaching?
- The minimum suggested age for any type of bleaching is around the age of 14. It is best when root development is complete.
Is teeth bleaching safe?
- The American Dental Association recognizes bleaching as the most effective short-term duration treatment in the lightening of tooth color when performed under dental supervision. The bleaching solution can cause teeth to become temporarily temperature sensitive. This goes away within a few days of bleaching completion and no long-term ill effects have been reported.
How much whiter can bleaching make my teeth?
- The bleaching effect on each person is different, and it also depends on the cause of the discoloration. Generally the whitening effect will look more dramatic when you start off with darker teeth than if you already have lighter coloured teeth.
What is teeth cleaning / scaling?
- Teeth’s cleaning is a part of oral hygiene and involves the removal of dental plaque from teeth with the intention of preventing cavities and gum diseases.