Are you interested in having teeth whitening to get a better smile? Your smile is your most important facial feature, it is one of the first things we notice about a person.
A splendid smile demonstrates wellbeing, vigour, and inner beauty. Tooth whitening helps expels stains and can brighten a tooth’s colour by several shades. Whitening is amongst the most well-known cosmetic dental procedures as it can enhance the overall look of your teeth.
People’s teeth can naturally darken as we age, environmental factors can also cause teeth discolour. Poor oral hygiene, some common foods, such as berries and tomato sauce, as well as tobacco, red wine, coffee, tea, soft drinks, and even mouthwashes also contribute to the shade of our teeth.
So, are you looking for a more youthful and brighter smile? It can be achieved in the dental chair or the dentist can give you a professional whitening kit to take home.
The best way is to decide what treatment suits you better is to come in and have a chat with one of our dentists and discuss which option is better for you, and then you can make a decision.
Of course, if the discolouration is caused by an underlying dental issue, this will need to be addressed before proceeding with the whitening treatment.
You may also need to chat with your doctor about changing medication if it is determined that it is your medication that is causing the staining (always see a doctor before changing your medication).
It’s best to have realistic expectations before undergoing any whitening treatment. Not all whitening treatments are equally effective on all people, and not all teeth will whiten to the same degree.
Over the Counter Treatments
Over the counter teeth whitening products are a do-it-yourself option in contrast to professional teeth whitening that can have a significant cost difference.
You ought to know that at-home whitening products have a lower concentration of hydrogen peroxide, so they seldom offer a similar level of shade changes that you would get from whiteners that your dentist uses. The over the counter products you can use to possibly help to whiten your teeth include:
- Whitening Toothpaste: Toothpaste use abrasives or polishing agents to expel minor stains. They can be viable for surface stains, please ensure you pick a toothpaste with the ADA (Australian Dental Association) seal of endorsement. Make sure you read the fine print that lists the ingredients of the whitening toothpaste as many don’t even contain the bleaching agent that is required to change to colour of your teeth.
- Whitening Strips: As with professional bleaching agents, hydrogen peroxide is the active agent in many whitening strips. In any case, over the counter kits contain a much lower dose, and you start seeing the results after around seven days.
- Over the counter Whitening Gels: Like whitening strips, these products contain low doses of hydrogen peroxide in a gel form that you brush directly onto your teeth. Results, for the most part, take a couple of days and last a couple of months. Be careful if you chose to use this method of whitening as your gums may become irritated if they come in direct contact with the gel.
Professional Custom Take Home Whitening Kit
Firstly, your dentist will need to conduct a thorough oral examination and teeth cleaning before proceeding, the presence of plaque or underlying oral health issue will affect the result.
This is probably the most popular form of whitening. The dentist will take impressions of our teeth and fabricate special trays that are designed especially for you. You will be given several tubes of the whitening material and given detailed instructions on how to apply them.
This form of whitening is a more gradual process and therefore patients experience less sensitivity. It also allows patients to determine just how white they want their teeth to be (up to a certain extent anyway).
If trays are stored correctly between uses, additional whitening material can be purchased for ‘top-up’ bleaching in the months and sometimes years ahead. It is a convenience and comfort treatment in your home.
In Chair Teeth Whitening
You can have a professional whitening service performed In Chair by a dentist, this gives faster results. Before we apply the whitening gel, we need to clean your teeth to remove any plaque.
We will protect your gums and other soft tissues to avoid irritation from the bleaching gel, and make sure you do not swallow any materials.
We can use a higher concentration of whitening gel as it is applied under the dentist’s control. Our dentists will check your teeth shade and monitor the progress until it reaches your desired shade. In chair teeth whitening usually take an hour to be done.
At Passion Family Dental North Lakes, we can brighten teeth up to 16 shades depending on the whitening system you use.
Come visit us and have a talk with one of our dentists at Unit 4/ 6 Endeavour Boulevard, North Lakes, QLD 4509 or call (07) 3465 1199 to learn more.