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Advantages of the Zahnklinik ABC Bogen
In the Zahnklinik ABC Bogen, our specialists ensure the gentle and long-lasting brightening of your teeth – just as it suits you. In the following, we are going share with you a lot of information about bleaching. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will gladly advise you in detail on the whitening of your teeth.
Course of the In-Office-Bleaching
For the whitening of teeth in our practice (a so-called in-office bleaching), a session of one to two hours usually is enough, only with particularly strong discoloration up to three sessions may be necessary.
When whitening the teeth in our dental clinic, first discuss the desired degree of the whitening of your teeth. After a subsequent cleaning of the teeth, a bleaching agent is applied and activated by means of light or soft laser. The whitening of the teeth takes place by the formation of oxygen: the peroxide obtained in the bleaching agent breaks down and the desired bleaching effect sets in.
With the aid of a special piece of cloth, the sensitive gums are protected from the bleaching agent during the entire treatment. In-office bleaching is much more efficient than home bleaching, as the dental clinic uses peroxide at a higher concentration and often just one session is needed to achieve the desired effect. Also, this method is more effective overall because the treatment is professionally done by our experts.
For domestic bleaching, you first need a splint that is custom-made for your dentition. Afterwards, you can apply a special bleach to this splint at home and put it on your teeth at regular intervals.
To whiten teeth at home, two different gels are needed: the first gel is used during the day and must remain on the splint in the mouth for about half an hour; The second gel is applied to the splint in the evening and works its magic while you sleep. For the home bleaching, about two to six weeks must be scheduled.
After the prescribed treatment period, the result is examined in our practice and a continuation is recommended as needed. We also have the right advice for the aftercare of home bleaching, because it is recommended to supply the enamel with fluorides.
Effects of Tooth Bleaching
The bleaching of teeth is a modern whitening method, which is why the safety of the procedure and the effectiveness of regaining pearly-white teeth is proven. Nevertheless, we will advise you in our dental clinic in detail about the advantages and disadvantages of bleaching.
Pearly-white teeth not only have an optical effect. When we meet someone for the first time, our teeth leave one of the first impressions of the other person behind: That is why, white teeth also make for a more confident appearance – thanks to the certainty of having healthy looking, bright white teeth.
The effect of a professional bleaching can last between two and four years and make for a radiant smile. After the effect of the treatment subsides, the procedure can be repeated. However, in order not to overburden the sensitive enamel, it is important to perform the whitening no more than twice a year.
Risks of the Bleaching
Sensitivity of the teeth
The whitening of natural teeth has only minor side effects. The actual treatment is normally painless, but it can lead to hypersensitivity of the teeth for a few days to months. This may manifest itself in a more sensitive reaction of the teeth to heat and / or cold.
Endangering the gums
Especially important in bleaching is the protection of your gums.
The special peroxides used in bleaching must not come into contact with the gums due to their cytotoxic effect. In the dental clinic, therefore, special care is taken to protect the gums from the bleaching agents. This protection can be ensured in the case of home-bleaching, when it is checked by the doctor: The splint specially made for your denture protects the gums from the contact with the bleaching gel.
Costs of Tooth Bleaching
Since whitening is a purely cosmetic procedure, the cost of treatment is usually not subsidized by either the statutory or the private health insurance. You therefore usually have to bear the costs yourself. In some cases, supplemental health insurance covers part of the cost.
At Home or in the Practice
The costs of teeth whitening vary depending on whether you choose treatment in the practice or at home.
For your individual consultation on bleaching, please contact us – we will advise you in detail on your options and the costs incurred.
Frequently Asked Questions
As an experienced specialist in dental aesthetics and whitening, Kathi Friedrich happily answers your questions around bleaching.
The whitening of the teeth can be done using two methods, which differ due to different chemical processes: the reduction bleaching and the oxidation bleaching.
Reduction bleaching has a rather transient lightening effect: Sulfur compounds make sure that the discoloration in the tooth is deprived of oxygen. However, as your teeth come back into contact with oxygen after the treatment, the effect of this bleaching method is short-lived.
By contrast, the oxidation bleaching ensures a long-lasting lightening effect. For this purpose, hydrogen peroxide or special chlorine compounds are used, which directly release oxygen and effectively remove the discoloration due to the subsequent oxidation. When applied to healthy teeth, the lightening effect can be maintained for up to two years on average.
Thorough daily dental hygiene is particularly important to prevent tooth discoloration as long as possible and to protect the teeth from bacteria. However, domestic tooth cleaning alone is no longer sufficient if colour particles from red wine, tobacco, caffeine or medicines are stuck deep in the enamel. Professional teeth cleaning is no longer sufficiently effective in this case. Bleaching, on the other hand, can bring out the natural white radiance of your teeth.
At home, a whitening treatment with special products can be risky. For a professional and safe result, it is advisable to arrange the dental bleaching in practice. Important: For every type of teeth whitening, the health of the gums is a basic requirement.