A Glossary Of Teeth Whitening Terminology

 Teeth Whitening- is the process of using bleach or other materials to make teeth look whiter. The materials remove stains or other discoloration from the tooth surface.

LED Teeth Whitening- The process of using a tooth-whitening agent, such as hydrogen peroxide, and an LED (light-emitting diode) light to whiten teeth.

Non-Peroxide Whitening Gel- These products do not contain any oxidizing substance.

Tooth Discoloration- When the color of your teeth change. They don't look as bright or white as they should. Your teeth may darken, turn from white to different colors, or develop white or dark spots in places. Reasons for tooth discoloration may be: Extrinsic.

Tooth Sensitivity- Also known as “dentin hypersensitivity,” pain or discomfort in the teeth as a response to certain stimuli, such as hot or cold temperatures. It may be temporary or a chronic problem, and it can affect one tooth, several teeth, or all the teeth in a single individual.

Bamboo Toothbrushes- Are manual toothbrushes. A bamboo toothbrush has a long handle and bristles to remove food debris and plaque from your teeth. The critical difference is that the long handle is made from more sustainable bamboo instead of plastic.

Enamel- The thin outer covering of the tooth. This tough shell is the hardest tissue in the human body. Enamel covers the crown which is the part of the tooth that's visible outside of the gums. Since enamel is translucent, you can see light through it.

Hydrogen Peroxide- A colorless, viscous, unstable liquid with strong oxidizing properties, commonly used in diluted form in disinfectants and bleaches.

Dental Trays- Made of a flexible material that molds to your teeth. The material fits around your teeth gently and allows for whitening on the surface and in between your teeth.

Intrinsic or Endogenous Stains- can also cause color changes within the tooth. These include staining from aging, oral disease, trauma, medications, systemic conditions, and heredity.

Cosmetic Procedure- Includes techniques, both surgical and nonsurgical to enhance appearance. 

Gum Recession- The process in which the margin of the gum tissue that surrounds the teeth wears away, or pulls back, exposing more of the tooth, or the tooth's root. When gum recession occurs, "pockets," or gaps, form between the teeth and gum line, making it easy for disease-causing bacteria to build up.

Stains- Marks, colored patches or dirty marks that are not easily removed.

Fluorosis- The appearance of faint white lines or streaks on the teeth that only occurs when younger children consume too much fluoride.

Tetracycline Stains- Tooth staining/discoloration with tetracycline is influenced by the dosage used, length of treatment or exposure, stage of tooth mineralization (or calcification) and degree of activity of the mineralization process. The discoloration is permanent and can vary from yellow or gray to brown.

Dental Crowns- Tooth-shaped “caps” that can be placed over your tooth. The crown restores the tooth's shape, size, strength and appearance. The dental crown is cemented into place on your tooth and it covers the visible portion of the tooth.

Dental Veneers- Thin, tooth-colored shells that are attached to the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. They’re often made from porcelain or resin-composite materials and are permanently bonded to your teeth. Veneers can be used to treat a number of different cosmetic concerns, including chipped, broken, discolored, or smaller-than-average teeth.

Tooth Filling- A procedure where the damaged and decayed part of a tooth is removed and the area is filled with a replacement material to protect against further damage and to restore the tooth's appearance and function.