Bleaching, in general, refers to whitening or turning something into white through a chemical process involving bleaching agents. It can be done to a lot of things, like bleaching your kitchen countertops, your hair, or even your skin. The most talked about “bleaching” these days, however, is bleaching of teeth. But how exactly is it done?
Teeth Bleaching Processes
There are two general types of teeth bleaching:
- Those that you can do at home and 2. Those that must be professionally done.
Those that you can do at home can be further classified between natural and artificial.
- Natural Bleaching Process involves the use of ingredients that can be easily found at the comforts of your home. The most popular examples are Baking Soda, Strawberries, Coconut Oil, and Apple Cider Vinegar.
- Artificial Bleaching Process can also be done at home and as DIY like the ones above. However, what you need as ingredients cannot simply and easily be found in your kitchen as most of them would come from pharmacies or dental clinics. They include Teeth Whitening Kits and Whitening Strips.
As for the second general type which is those that must be professionally done, they refer to those bleaching that can only be performed in an accredited clinic by a registered and licensed dentist. This includes methods such as Laser Whitening, Veneers, and Lumineers. But more than the concept of bleaching, most of these procedures are also already considered cosmetic procedures.
Pros and Cons
There is no question as to how beneficial it is when you get your teeth bleached. The direct benefit of bleaching is simply having teeth as stunning and as white as those you see on models and Hollywood actors. You will definitely look so much better after the procedure. As a result, anyone who’s teeth are effectively bleached will gladly be smiling all-day and would surely look younger, happier, and more confident about themselves.
Nothing worth it comes easy, however. Thus there are also a couple of potential risks and side effects when you decide to bleach your teeth. They are the following:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Gum irritation (usually caused by ill-fitting whitening trays)
- Gum burns
- Risk of developing canker sores
- Thinning of the enamel of the teeth making them more prone to damage and decay
There are many other pros and cons to bleaching the teeth, but these lists right here are the most common deal breakers for those who can’t decide about the procedure yet. Aside from those already listed above, it is probably worth mentioning that the processes for natural and home remedies are way cheaper to perform. The trade-off, however, is that it will surely take a lot longer for anyone to see dramatic results. This is the exact opposite of those done by professionals which are a lot more expensive but would already show noticeable effects even as early as after the very first session.
Upon looking at the pros and cons, they are apparently at a tie as regards the effects of having your teeth bleached. Perhaps the only tiebreaker now would be how badly and how soon would you want pearly white teeth. But no matter what you decide on, make sure to consult your dentist first.