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Teeth Whitening

The process of making your teeth whiter by improving discoloration and removing stains is called teeth whitening. The common causes of tooth discoloration are smoking, chewing tobacco, drinking acidic beverages, poor oral hygiene, drinking a lot of coffee or tea, and congenital defects.

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What are the treatment options to treat discolored teeth due to fluorosis other than veneers?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a discolored enamel. My doctor suggested that it could be due to fluorosis. My teeth have been brittle since childhood and would frequently chip off. Also, I had cavities for which I got root canal treatment done for four teeth. The yellowish discoloration of my teeth is bothe...  Read Full »


Dr. Alfiya K Jamal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Many treatment options mask the white spots and help achieve a beautiful smile. A veneer is a permanent solution with a life of 10 to 15 years. However, the other treatment options include tooth whitening or composite fillings. I hope this helps.  Read Full »

I have done teeth whitening five years ago. Can I get braces done?

Query: Hello doctor, I want to ask you that, can I have braces because five years back I had teeth whitening due to which I have many cracks in my teeth. So can I put braces or will it worsen it?  Read Full »


Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I want to answer your question in two parts. Firstly, I would like to give an honest opinion about your question that is will the braces further create more cracks in your original teeth? So answer is yes if you will go for conventional orthodontic treatment (in which m...  Read Full »

I cover my teeth with whitening trays while smoking. Is it fine?

Query: Hi doctor,I recently got my teeth whitening trays but I smoke too. But when I am smoking, I use the trays to cover my teeth. No, I do not bleach at that time. I just use the tray to cover my teeth. Is that fine? My trays smell like tobacco. Does that matter?  Read Full »


Dr. Divya Banu M

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query. See, you have to choose either one side. You have got stains due to smoking too and that you know. Whatever treatment you undergo, smoking is going to degrade it, and you will ultimately get stains again (in this case). I might sound rude...  Read Full »

My teeth feels rough after whitening. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I had a teeth whitening at the dentist office which was done with a light and some paste put on my teeth. The light was on for 10 minutes and then new paste was added. This was done three times. The Dentist then confirmed that the process was successful and the teeth became 3 to 4 shade...  Read Full »


Dr. Purva Jingar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. This roughness will go eventually. In some people, it goes in a week or in two depending upon the tooth quality. Do not worry, just make sure you maintain your oral hygiene properly. And if it does not go, well, then I would suggest you visit your dentist once again ...  Read Full »

I have fixed retainer. Can I use whitening strips?

Query: Hello doctor, Can I use whitening strips if I have a permanent retainer? Please answer.  Read Full »


Dr. Divya Banu M

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The strips will whiten only the portion of the tooth that it comes in contact with. If it is a fixed retainer, then you can use it on the front surface, but do not let the chemical touch your inner surfaces of teeth. I will prefer not using it in such a case, as ther...  Read Full »

Why do my teeth sting after using teeth whitening strips?

Query: Hello doctor, I have braces. Sometimes, I use whitening strips. Recently, it has caused a sharp burning feeling. Do I have a cavity?  Read Full »


Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You are not having any cavities. It is dentin hypersensitivity. It is the most common problem caused by the use of whitening strips, followed by gum irritation. The peroxide chemical in the whit...  Read Full »

Can activated charcoal help in whitening teeth?

Query: Hello doctor,Is activated charcoal really effective for whitening teeth? I see that it is very popular in other parts of the world, while it is still gaining momentum in my country.  Read Full »


Dr. Iyer Parth Laxminarayan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. I do get many queries related to activated charcoal. There is neither absolute indication for its use nor evidence for its benefits. I suggest you start with a minimal amount at first. You may try it once or twice a day and continue using ...  Read Full »

How to achieve whiter teeth without using veneers?

Query: Hey doctor, I have always wanted white teeth. My parents had told me when I was a baby my teeth rotted as a result of the milk bottle getting left in my mouth. Fast forward to all the way now. Nothing has worked. I went to a dentist for an evaluation. And he gave me teeth whitening tray to take home...  Read Full »


Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com.Firstly, I would like you to know that baby teeth are always pearl white in color and that is the reason they are called milk teeth. The permanent teeth which you have now are always slight yellowish to greyish in color by nature. I saw the picture you have attached (attac...  Read Full »

Please suggest a toothpaste to make yellowish teeth white.

Query: Hello doctor, Which toothpowder or toothpaste do you people prefer for a yellowish teeth to make them white. I am using Patanjali toothpowder this time and I have done scaling also.  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Using toothpowder is not good for teeth as toothpowder contains a higher amount of abrasives and will abrade your teeth. When teeth get more and more abraded it gets more yellower day by day due to loss of enamel and exposure of dentin, which is more yellowish than e...  Read Full »

Will using a charcoal toothpaste whiten yellow discolored teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, I brush my teeth a minimum of twice, if not, once a day but my teeth have a yellow look to them. Is there anything I can use at home to help get them white. I have heard that charcoal tooth paste makes teeth white. Is this true or can you recommend something?  Read Full »


Dr. Soheel Hussain Zargar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I got your chief complaint and your concern is esthetics. Yes, there is kind of toothpaste containing carbon or charcoal which can remove stains. But there are variable opinions regarding their use. I suggest you if you are more concerned about esthetics use alternative...  Read Full »

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