Teeth Whitening, Smile Africa - Dental Clinic in Nairobi Kenya

From a distance, you can tell that teeth are white in color. As you grow old, the color of your teeth darkens. The appearance of teeth is also influenced by stains arising from consuming certain drinks like tea or coffee. Cigarettes, chewable tobacco and other tobacco related products cause stains on teeth. 

The way you perceive teeth color also depends on one’s skin tone as well as make like in the case of women. That is to say that in dark skinned people, the color of teeth appears to be brighter than in light colored ones. 

Realistically, human teeth are not purely white. Naturally, the color is supposed to be light- greyish yellow or within that range. Since many people want to have purely white teeth, dentists have been left with no option that to give in to these demands. In this regard, there are two categories of whitening products available:

1.Surface whiteners 


Whitening of teeth is more of a cosmetic procedure than a medical one. 

Surface Whiteners

Consist of products containing abrasives which enhance removal of stains from teeth surfaces. The abrasives are normally used as ingredients in toothpaste products. There are also chewing gums that contain abrasives. However, you need to realize that these products are not substitutes for the dental teeth whitening procedure.


The products in this category are made from ingredient that can alter the color of teeth. Some discoloration may not respond to bleaching treatment. If you are considering having your teeth bleached, you should first talk to your dentist. He/she will establish what caused discoloration in the first place. From there a decision will be made on whether bleaching is the best option. Patients with very dark-stained teeth or have undergone procedures such as root canals, crowning and filling should first be examined carefully.

Since dental cases are unique, your dentist will determine which techniques and corresponding products are the most suitable. There are two methods a dentist will use in teeth whitening:

1.Vital bleaching: Recommended for teeth stained by tobacco, drinks or food. Such teeth are referred to as “living.” 

2.Non vital bleaching: Used in inanimate or lifeless teeth. Teeth that have undergone the root canal treatment are bleached using this method. 

Always ensure that only a qualified and licensed dentist carries out this exercise. When bleaching is done at a dental clinic, you are assured that it is safe. You also trust the dentist to do what is best for you. While we cannot admonish laser whitening treatments here, you should first get a dentist’s opinion. 

It is possible to buy bleaching products over the counter from a chemist’s shop or even a dentist. If used in the manner recommended by a dentist, home-based bleaching is also effective. During and after bleaching or teeth whitening for that matter, your teeth are bound to feel sensitive. You may also get an irritating feeling. However, there is no cause for alarm as this is short-lived. The whitening effect is not meant to last. You may have to undergo repeated bleaching on a periodic basis.