When you think about teeth whitening, the first thing that comes to mind is likely external bleaching.
This involves using specific products or treatments to lighten the shade of your teeth.
However, there is also an internal bleaching option that can be a great way to achieve even better results. Keep reading to learn more about internal bleaching and how it might be able to help you get the white smile you’ve always wanted!
Internal Bleaching Processes & Procedures
Internal bleaching is a process used to improve the appearance of teeth that have been stained or discoloured by trauma, medications, or other factors.
The bleaching agents are usually gels or liquids containing hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. These agents work by breaking down the stains and pigments stuck to the tooth enamel.
Internal bleaching usually occurs in a dentist’s office. But, it can also be performed at home using whitening kits. These kits are available at most pharmacies and can be used as a daily treatment for several weeks until you see results.
However, internal bleaching should only be performed under the supervision of a dentist or dental hygienist because it can be difficult to tell if your teeth are becoming too sensitive or if they have become damaged during treatment.
You’ll need to follow a strict home care routine after treatment and avoid certain foods during the first few weeks. And if you’re unhappy with the results, you may need an additional appointment for top-up treatments over time.
How is Internal Bleaching Different From Tooth Whitening?
Internal bleaching is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a laser to whiten teeth from within. It is the only form of whitening that can penetrate and remove stains from the dentin or inner layer of your teeth.
The technology used in this procedure is similar to that of traditional tooth whitening. However, internal bleaching has several advantages over traditional tooth whitening:
- Laser technology allows us to target the discoloured area more precisely for maximum results.
- Internal bleaching can eliminate stains on your gums and teeth that are not visible from the surface but which may be causing problems with your oral health.
- Internal bleaching takes just one visit and requires no replacement trays or solutions.
What Can Internal Bleaching Achieve?
Internal bleaching removes stains from enamel – the outer layer of your teeth – and brightens teeth by removing surface stains from:
- White or yellowish discolouration caused by smoking or ageing
- Stains left by drinking coffee or tea
- Tobacco staining (usually on lower front teeth)
Internal Bleaching can also be used to Treat a Couple of Other Conditions:
- Internal bleaching can help relieve tooth sensitivity by removing superficial stains that may be causing it.
- If you have an old amalgam (silver-coloured) filling that is discolouring, internal bleaching can be used to remove this.
- Suppose your teeth are discoloured or have mottling (small white spots). In that case, internal bleaching can help to improve their appearance by removing the dark parts of the tooth’s enamel layer and restoring its natural colouring. This treatment is not suitable for all cases of mottled teeth – it depends on the cause of the problem.
So there you have it. Internal bleaching is a great way to achieve the smile you’ve always wanted without undergoing surgery or extensive dental work. If you’re interested in learning more about internal bleaching, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for more information. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have and help get you started on the path to brighter teeth!