A person’s smile creates a lasting first impression. Understandably, my patients frequently ask me about teeth whitening procedures. Together we look at the teeth whitening treatments to help you understand the options available and determine whether it’s right for you. Below are some of the initial factors to consider.
Why do teeth discolour?
Several factors may cause your tooth discolouration – these include your diet, aging, certain medications, trauma, lifestyle factors such as smoking, and general dental hygiene practices. Your dentist in East Bentleigh will be able to help you identify the cause of your tooth discolouration and staining in order to evaluate whether you’re an appropriate candidate for teeth whitening, as well as the extent of the treatment required.
Benefits of teeth whitening
Teeth whitening can do so much for one’s overall confidence, happiness and sense of self. As a cosmetic treatment, it is non-invasive and affordable. There is no downtime, making it an accessible and convenient way to boost your appearance and self-esteem.
One of the most common questions I get asked about is whether home DIY teeth whitening kits are the same as professional treatments. The short answer is NO.
DIY Kits are available at chemists and supermarkets and are considerably cheaper than the teeth whitening treatments provided by dental professionals. However, it’s important to understand the differences to make a well-informed decision about the teeth whitening procedure that’s best for you.
A key difference between professional teeth whitening treatments and at-home teeth whitening kits is the ingredients. DIY kits commonly contain chlorine dioxide – that’s the same chemical that stings your eyes in swimming pools. Chlorine dioxide can be highly damaging when used for teeth whitening; common dangers include enamel erosion, teeth sensitivity, and burns and irritation to the gums, mouth and digestive tract. Enamel erosion is irreversible and can actually create discolouration due to the exposure of dentin. Professional teeth whitening treatments do not contain chlorine dioxide – they are carefully regulated and provide a much safer treatment.
Professional teeth whitening treatments have consistently better results than their DIY counterparts. DIY kits may lighten teeth by a shade or two, but professional-grade whitening treatments can lift your teeth by up to eight shades. A common mistake I see is the overuse of over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments. Excessive use of at-home kits can result in irreversible damage and debilitating burns and sensitivity issues.
DIY kits are a one-size-fits-all option. Your dentist will customise your treatment in a number of ways. Dentists usually create a custom tray that flawlessly moulds your teeth, allowing the whitening gel to distribute evenly. This creates a more natural and even result. Verve Dental customises the treatment plan to your specific needs, sensitivity level and lifestyle. We constantly evaluate, monitor and assist you along every step of your teeth whitening plan and aftercare.
Cautions and considerations for any teeth whitening procedure
After your teeth whitening procedure, it is crucial to follow the aftercare advice to keep your fresh and bright smile looking great. The process of teeth whitening actually temporarily makes teeth more susceptible to staining. Avoid heavily pigmented food and drink. The dark colours from drinks such as cola, red wine, fruit juice and coffee, and foods such as blueberries, curry, chocolate and tomato sauce will absorb and result in staining. Quit smoking and other tobacco products. Avoid coloured toothpastes and mouthwashes.
At Verve Dental, we believe that everyone deserves to feel great in their bodies and confident to smile, laugh and enjoy life without reservation. You deserve the very best teeth whitening results. Get in touch with our friendly staff today to discuss the best teeth whitening treatment plan for you to safely achieve a whiter, brighter smile with long-lasting results.