Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure used in standard dentistry to make the teeth look whiter and brighter. With reference to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, whitening is used for the restoration of the natural color of the teeth; while bleaching is used to achieve whitening better than the natural color.
The need for whitening/bleaching may arise due to teeth stains from red wine, tea, coffee, tobacco, drug reaction etc.
What are my Teeth whitening options.
Teeth whitening can be done either in the dentist’s office, or at home using the several do-it-yourself (DIY) whitening kits available in the market today. Your dentist will come up with an appropriate recommendation on which solution is suitable for you based on the degree and type of stain on your teeth. For instance, discoloration from red wine may only require getting a DIY whitening kit for use at home, while stains caused by tetracycline would require an extensive bleaching procedure in a dentist’s office.