What Causes Discoloration?
Discoloration may occur due to external or internal factors. Poor oral
hygiene, old fillings and veneers, excessive consumption of tea and
coffee, plaque accumulation, use of iron-containing drugs are
external factors; genetics, the use of some antibiotics in childhood,
trauma, diseases that caused high fever in childhood, some materials
used in root canal treatment are internal factors. The type of the
discoloration varies according to the factor and which procedure to
apply is chosen according to the case.
How Is It Treated?
Teeth bleaching is the process of lightening the tooth color by
activating special gels under the light. Bleaching can be done by a
dentist in the clinic or by the patient at home. Office bleaching is
applied as a single or several sessions according to the dentist's
preference. In the home bleaching, a special appliance is prepared for
the patient. The front 6 or 8 teeth are targeted for bleaching. This
appliance is used by the patient in the period deemed appropriate by
the dentist, without light activation with lighter gels compared to the
The bleaching process should create a noticeable change at the end
of the session. But these treatments may cause tooth sensitivity. This
is a risk that is definitely stated to the patient by the dentist and the
patient should make the decision themselves. During the treatment,
smoking, chewing tobacco or coloring substances such as coffee and
acidic beverages should not be consumed. The patient should pay
attention to oral hygiene.
After bleaching, patients should stay away from habits that may
cause discoloration such as tea, coffee, cigarettes, coke as much as
possible and pay attention to oral hygiene in order to see the
benefits of the procedure for as long as possible.