Dr. Hoo Swee Tiang-Best Dentist in Singapore

Dr. Hoo Swee Tiang

Cosmetic Dental Procedures

There are many dental procedures that will result in better looking teeth, all of which can be carried out by your general dental practitioner. Crowns, porcelain veneers, bonding with tooth-coloured fillings, straightening teeth with orthodontics, replacing lost teeth will all lead to better cosmetic results. The most sought-after cosmetic dental treatment is teeth whitening.

– Teeth Whitening

Have you ever longed for a smile that is dazzling and bright? There are a few procedures available to help you improve your smile.

Some of us will feel self-conscious about the colour of our teeth as we have been told when we were young that teeth that are yellow are dirty. What we fail to realize is that there are many problems and situations that can lead to us having teeth that are yellow.

– What are the types of whitening procedures available?

In-office whitening
This procedure uses high concentrations of the whitening agent. Your dentist needs to take precautions like protecting your gums and lips.  Visible effects can usually be seen after about an hour of treatment.

Take home whitening
Products used in home whitening have lower concentrations than the in-office kit. Your dentist will make an individualized, snugly fitting tray to hold the whitening gel against your teeth. The usage regimens vary for different products and visible results can usually be seen after a few sessions using these products.

– Is everyone suitable to undergo whitening procedures?

No. There are instances in which you might have tooth colored fillings done for your front teeth. Teeth whitening is ineffective here as the fillings will not be affected by the whitener and these fillings will be obvious in teeth that has been whitened. In cases like this, options like doing veneers or crown would be more effective. Or the fillings may just need to be redone after the whitening.

Internal stains in teeth caused by sickness or certain medications when you are young would also be difficult to treat.

For suitability of whitening treatment, it is best to visit your general dental practitioner for a full evaluation.

– Are there any side effects to whitening?

Some people do complain that their teeth becomes sensitive during the use of these products but such sensitivity is usually temporary and decrease once treatment has completed. Others complain of discomfort and irritation to the gums due to mouth trays that are ill-fitting, causing the gel to overflow onto the gums. Do see your general dental practitioner for more information on these side effects.

– Should I do teeth whitening at a beauty salon rather than at the dentist since it is much cheaper there?

Not all teeth can be whitened successfully. There might also be other more pressing oral health problems in your mouth that can only be diagnosed by your general dental practitioner. As such, you need to see your general dental practitioner for a thorough evaluation of your condition before under-taking any treatments.

– How long can the whitening effect that is due to bleaching of teeth last?

Typically, the whitening effect can last anywhere from a few months to a year due to differences the structure of all our teeth, your hygiene and lifestyle habits like the consumption of coffee, tea, coke, curry and of course, smoking.

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