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Tooth Whitening or Bleaching

What is tooth whitening?
Tooth whitening or bleaching lightens teeth and helps to remove stains and discoloration. White and bright teeth and a sparkling smile! Who wouldn’t that? Beautiful white teeth are popular and the ads promise pearly white teeth, often within an hour. Whitening teeth by bleaching is possible in many cases, but not always. Unsafe bleaching can cause damage to your teeth and mouth. Are you considering whitening treatment? Then choose a safe and responsible manner. Always bleach your teeth under the supervision of your dentist or dental hygienist.

What causes teeth to become darker?
Colors in foods and beverages can stain our teeth. They penetrate the plaque (this is the white-yellowish layer of bacteria on teeth), and cause the teeth to appear darker. Discoloration can also be caused by smoking. That’s all next to the fact that our teeth become darker as we get older. The formation of dentin never stops, so the yellow-colored dentin layer becomes thicker. On the other hand, the enamel layer becomes thinner through wear. Cracks can also eventually appear in the enamel. This allows colorants from food and beverages to penetrate our teeth more easily.

How does it work?
We first determine the color of your teeth. We do this in the dental laboratory located next to us in the health center. Then we make an impression of your teeth. The dental technician makes a bleaching tray made of a soft plastic, specifically designed for your teeth. The tray need to fits properly and your gums need to be protected against the bleaching agent (peroxide). You take the bleaching tray and gel home and leave it on your teeth for a prescribed period of time. You will see the results after a few days or weeks.

How much does it cost to have my teeth whitened?
The cost of whitening depends on the color of your teeth and how many shades lighter you want them to become. The longer the treatment, the more costly the treatment. Please ask your dentist for a quotation.
You can opt for bleaching at the dentist’s office or at home. Because your dentist supervises the procedure, a stronger bleaching solution can be used than what is found in home kits. The dentist can also use a light or heat source to speed up the process.
Wondering whether tooth whitening is the right option for you?
Click on the below mentioned specialist to make an appointment to get all the available advice there is.

Dentist E.J. Hennus

  Appointment by phone

Dentist C.W. Lely

  Appointment by phone

Dentist D.R. Kösters

  Appointment by phone

Bleaching is not always the only or best solution. Your dentist or hygienist will evaluate whether bleaching is useful for you and whether or not you can achieve the desired result. It is important to check whether your teeth are healthy and free of cavities and that none of your fillings are leaking. Why your teeth stained and what the cause? Discoloration due to diseases and medication often requires special treatment. Always consult your dentist before you decide to whiten your teeth.

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Dental Practice Hollands Spoor
Stationsweg 107 1st floor
2515BL the Hague

Dentist P. Grewe
(070) 3800910
Dentist C.W. Lely
(070) 3803100
Dentist D.R. Kösters
(070) 3802891

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