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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Is activated charcoal effective for teeth whitening?

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. Parth Laxminarayan Iyer

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 »

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 slight yellowish teeth with gum deposits that did not improve on teeth cleaning and twice brushing. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have had my teeth cleaned a couple of times during the last two years, but still, I could see that my teeth are slightly yellowish with deposits near the gum. I usually brush only once during the morning, and after my last cleaning, I started to brush twice, but I could not see any di...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You can use bleaching to get whiter teeth. The teeth are mostly white on the outside, and if you brush too hard, the white enamel gets abraded off, and yellowish dentine starts showing from the inside. So please brush without pressing too hard on the teeth, and you can...  Read Full »

My teeth seem to be yellow. Can I go for teeth whitening?

Query: Hi doctor, My age is 26. My teeth seem to be yellow in color from the past few years. I do not have any other dental issues. So, I want an advice from the doctor that can I go for teeth whitening? Is it safe? Will it create any teeth problems in future? Or it may affect my health in any way? How lo...  Read Full »


Dr. Asma Parveen

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Tooth discoloration can be caused either due to internal stains or external stains. If the discoloration in your case is due to external factors, then you can simply go for scaling or cleaning of the teeth which is very safe for everyone. Teeth whitening or bleaching...  Read Full »

What are the options to whiten teeth, which are brown due to high chlorine in the water?

Query: Hi doctor, I am trying to make my teeth white. I am brushing my teeth twice a day. But it is not working. My region has high chlorine in water and so I have brown teeth. What is the solution?   Read Full »


Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The brown appearance of teeth is not related to stains or plaque. There is actual chipping of enamel showing a brown dentin layer. This condition is referred to as enamel hypoplasia. If anyone in your family has this similar condition, then it is known as amelogenesis i...  Read Full »

What can be done to change my teeth color to white permanently?

Query: Hello doctor, My teeth color is yellowish. How can I change my teeth color to white permanently?  Read Full »


Dr. Georgios Chatzopoulos

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The teeth color is a result of genetics, nutrition and other habits such as smoking. If your teeth are healthy overall and caries free and you brush twice per day, teeth whitening can be performed but it lasts for about six months to two years. Permanent teeth whiten...  Read Full »

Is it safe to whiten my teeth while having my braces on using Carbamide Peroxide gel?

Query: Hi doctor, Can teeth whitening loosen the brackets on braces? I want to whiten my teeth with my whitening kit - it is Carbamide Peroxide gel combined with the use of a blue LED-light mouthguard for 10 minutes a day. Can this damage the glue or adhesive that holds brackets to teeth? Kindly advise. Th...  Read Full »


Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Teeth staining is a common side effect seen during orthodontic treatment, but it is reversible after the treatment. Indeed, Carbamide Peroxide is used for teeth whitening. During the orthodontic treatment, it should not harm the adhesive of the brackets but constant putti...  Read Full »

How to whiten my teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, My teeth have become totally yellow. Even whitening toothpaste does not work. I tried to clean them myself but, failed. What products can I use or how can I clean it myself without visiting a dentist?  Read Full »


Dr. Asma Parveen

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your complaint and seen the picture attached to it (attachment removed to protect patient identity).  It looks like a case of stains with calculus, which is known in layman's terms as tartar. This can be due to many reasons. For example, not maint...  Read Full »

Are the white spots on my teeth an allergic reaction?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 13-year-old male. I tried this relatively cheap BleachBright StarBright Dual-Action whitening pen. After using it, I noticed white spots forming all over my teeth. It was the weirdest thing. I have always had white spots on and off throughout my life, but after using this, I ha...  Read Full »


Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per your symptoms, the white spots on the teeth are due to hypocalcified areas of poor mineralization. Bleaching makes them more pronounced, and they can further stand out on the teeth. It is not an allergic reaction, but this has happened due to a more clear ap...  Read Full »

When should we use whitening strips before or after brushing teeth?

Query: Hi doctor, I am not sure how I should use whitening strips. I recently bought some, but I have looked online, and it says not to use fluoride toothpaste before using it. My dentist recently gave me an extra fluoride toothpaste to use after my regular brushing with regular toothpaste, so is it safe ...  Read Full »


Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please be calm. I suggest you to use extra fluoridated paste (5000 ppm) regularly because I think caries incidence is higher. You can avoid regular toothpaste, but I suggest using toothpaste and whitening strips for 2 to 3 months to make teeth resistant. After that, you...  Read Full »

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