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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Can I get veneers to treat the yellowish discoloration of my teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, I have discoloration on six of my upper front teeth. They are yellower than my other teeth. One of the teeth is crooked. Please suggest if I should do veneer for all six teeth or whitening for all teeth. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and understood your concern. It seems you have done strong bleaching on your teeth that has eroded some portion of the enamel, and now your teeth look yellowish. There any many procedures for tooth whitening, and veneering is the last optio...  Read Full »

Despite polishing and scaling, my teeth are still yellow, and also I have gaps. Can tooth whitening fix this?

Query: Hi doctor, My teeth are still yellow after scaling and polishing, and my dentist told me that it is the natural color of my teeth. My lower teeth are yellower from the back, and the rest of my teeth have a light shade of yellow. My dentist says that if he polishes them again, a layer will be rubbed ...  Read Full »

Dr. V. N. Narendran

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Light yellow color is normal. It also depends upon the mineralization of the dentin, environmental factors, etc. Usually, you will see a slight gap between teeth after scaling. This is because the irritation of the calculus causes the gum to recede. So after scaling, yo...  Read Full »

Can I use Crest whitening strips if I have a permanent retainer?

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 »

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 »

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 »

Is teeth whitening effective with a home kit or a dental office whitening procedure? Please clarify.

Query: Hi doctor, I have a few questions regarding teeth whitening. 1. Does teeth whitening work? 2. Can a home kit be effective? And which one can be used? 3. Can teeth whitening be done in the dental office? 4. What can be done to make it work effectively? Kindly answer the query as elaborately as p...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Teeth whitening kits at home work a little, and you will get minimal whitening effects. But professional teeth whitening gives excellent results, but the problem is retaining the whiteness. Certain habits like drinking tea, coffee, smoking, eating spicy foods, etc., res...  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 »

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. 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 »

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 »

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