What is a dental manicure? What is the difference between over-the-counter and dentist?

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Last updated November 21, 2022


Doctor, I would like to know about "tooth manicure" which can whiten teeth!


I understand!
This time,Let's talk about dental manicures.
I'll also explain the difference between over-the-counter and dentist products!

What is a dental manicure?

Dental manicure

The tooth manicure is,It coats the surface of the teeth to make them whiter and shinier.

There is no need to grind the teeth during the coating process.

There are two types of products: one performed by a dentist and an over-the-counter product, and the one performed by a dentist is also called "white coat.

When you think of "teeth whitening," many of you may think of whitening,Teeth manicuring and whitening are quite different.

Briefly explained, the differences between the two are as follows

  • Teeth manicure -> it just coats the teeth,The teeth themselves do not change color.
  • Whitening → because it bleaches the teeth,Teeth themselves become whiter.

The greatest advantage of whitening is that it can whiten the teeth themselves, but in fact, there are some teeth that "cannot be whitened" depending on the condition of the teeth.

On the other hand, tooth manicures coat teeth with resin, so there are few teeth that cannot be whitened. This allows for the following effects

  • You can make your teeth as white as you like.
  • Teeth that cannot be whitened by whitening can be whitened.
  • Effective in preventing tooth decay
  • Highly safe with little or no impact on teeth and human body
  • No pain due to side effects

You can make your teeth as white as you like.

Dental nail polish comes in a wide variety of colors, just like gel nail polish on fingernails.

Therefore, you can choose your favorite color in advance, from natural whiteness to artificial whiteness like celebrities,It can be made to your preferred tooth color.

Whitening is for bleaching natural teeth,There are limits to the whiteness of teeth.

If whitening alone does not result in a satisfactory whiteness, a tooth manicure may be able to whiten the teeth more.

Teeth that cannot be whitened by whitening can be whitened.

Teeth nail polish coats and whitens teeth, not to mention natural teeth,It can whiten even teeth that are not expected to benefit from whitening.

Whitening whitens teeth by bleaching the pigment in the enamel that covers the tooth surface.

Therefore, the following teeth whose discoloration is not caused by enamel cannot be whitened.

tooth with a dead nerve
tetracycline tooth
Color of dental resin, silver teeth, ceramic and other coverings and fillings

If these teeth are to be whitened, it is usually necessary to grind the teeth down and cover them, or remove and rebuild the covers or fillings.

Teeth grinding can shorten the life of teeth.If you want to whiten these teeth without grinding them, a tooth manicure is recommendedIt is.

Effective in preventing tooth decay

The surface coated with dental manicure is,There is no need to worry about decayed teeth.

However, the risk of decay at the border between the manicure and the teeth, and on the backs of the teeth and between the teeth that cannot be coated, remains the same.

Highly safe with little or no impact on teeth and human body

Dental manicures performed by dentists are safe to put in the mouth because the main ingredient is a dental resin that is also used to treat cavities.

There is no need to grind the teeth when applying nail polish, and when the nail polish needs to be reapplied or the original tooth color needs to be restored, it can be removed cleanly with a special instrument.

Therefore,It is a highly safe procedure with little or no effect on the human body or teeth.

In the case of over-the-counter tooth manicures, if the product is sold in Japan, its safety is guaranteed by Japanese standards and it can be easily removed by brushing your teeth.

The ones made overseas that you buy on the internet,Note that safety may not be confirmed by Japanese standards.

No pain due to side effects

A dental manicure is just a resin on the teeth that hardens,It will not cause pain.

Bleaching teeth irritates the nerves of the teeth during bleaching, and side effects may include pain during and after the procedure.

The pain is temporary and does not adversely affect the teeth, but if you are concerned about the pain of whitening, a dental manicure may be suitable for you.

Difference between over-the-counter and dentist's tooth manicure (white coat)

Dental manicure

What is the difference between an over-the-counter product and a dentist's tooth manicure,

  • Whiteness Duration
  • cost

The two are.

Whiteness Duration

  • Commercial products → 1 to 2 days
  • Dentist -> 1-3 months, some types last up to 5 years

Commercial tooth manicures are mainly made of a resin called "shellac.

Serac lasts much shorter because it peels off when you brush your teeth or rub your teeth when you eatone (esp. of two)It is.

Such as using it only during photo shoots without eating, drinking, or brushing one's teeth,It is suitable for emergency whitening of teeth in a short time.

Dentists' tooth manicures last longer because the resin, which is also used to treat cavities, is firmly hardened with light and bonded to the teeth.

Depending on the type,Some tooth manicures last up to five years with maintenance.


  • Commercial products → several thousand yen
  • Dentist → around 1,000-20,000 yen per tooth

Proportionate to duration,Dentist's tooth manicure more expensive than over-the-counter products that last longerThe first two are the following.

In addition, a dentist's dental manicure lasts for months to years, but there is a running cost to keeping it clean, as it can flake off or discolor due to eating, brushing, and chewing.

When peeling or discoloration occurs, maintenance costs such as repainting or cleaning are required, and there is also an additional cost for removal.

Dos and Don'ts of Dental Manicures

Dental manicure

There are a few caveats to tooth manicures.

Particularly,You should carefully consider the postoperative precautions and precautions regarding the finished product before deciding whether to have the procedure performed.

Some people can't get their teeth manicured.

Note that the following persons are not allowed to have their teeth manicured

  • Have cavities or are undergoing treatment
  • Those with periodontal disease or other gum conditions.
  • Those who are at risk of dislodging quickly due to strong force due to their bite.
  • During orthodontic treatment
  • Those who use mouthpieces such as anti-grinding or orthodontic mouthpieces.
  • Allergic to acrylic monomers

Postoperative Precautions

  • Dark-colored foods should be avoided for 12-24 hours after surgery because of the tendency to stain.
  • Be careful not to eat hard foods where the tooth manicure has been applied, as hard foods can cause flaking or cracking.
  • Regular maintenances and reapplication are necessary to maintain whiteness.

Notes on the finished product

  • Because the resin is placed on top of the teeth, the teeth may feel thicker.
  • Cannot be worn on the back of the teeth.
  • Because it cannot be applied to the root of the teeth or the fine areas between the teeth, it may appear as if the teeth are fringed, depending on the original tooth color.
  • When placed over dental resin, silver, or ceramic coverings or fillings, they tend to flake off more easily than natural teeth.

Teeth manicure for ideal tooth color

Dental manicure

There are two types of tooth manicures: those performed by a dentist and over-the-counter products.

Longer lasting and more varied in color are the dentist's tooth manicures.

On the other hand, commercial products can be easily purchased and incorporated like cosmetics.

You may want to use them for different purposes.

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