Here’s What You Need To Know About Teeth Whitening

Here’s What You Need To Know About Teeth Whitening
Written by the team at Dental 206

Teeth whitening is one of the hottest trends and luckily, Hollywood teeth are not just reserved for celebrities anymore! Beautiful white teeth are not only easily achievable, but affordable as well. Your smile is the way you greet the world and we love helping you achieve confidence that glows.

The problem is that with so many different whitening products available, it can be confusing for you to know what is both effective and safe. That’s where we come in!
As qualified and trained health professionals who, by law, meet strict health and safety regulations, dentists are the best people to help you achieve the look you’re after.
We care about your health and wellbeing and cringe at the thought that so many unregulated practices and products put your mouth, teeth and gums at risk. Plus, it’s important to see if whitening is even appropriate for you by conducting a full examination of your oral health and taking into consideration your complete health history.

After all, you’re a unique individual and it is vital for us to consider any unique needs you may have including sensitivity issues, or previous dental work such as fillings, veneers or crowns. To achieve the best possible results, it’s important to ensure your mouth is healthy before proceeding with any whitening.

We will take the time to do a full assessment for you. At Dental 206, we book you in for a complimentary consultation before your in-chair Zoom! Professional Whitening Treatment. That way we can determine if you need to have your teeth cleaned first for optimum results or have any decayed teeth restored.

Another thing people are not usually aware of is that not all teeth that appear dark can be whitened using a whitening treatment depending on whether you have ‘extrinsic’ or ‘intrinsic’’ tooth discolouration;

Extrinsic factors include: staining from consumption of wine, cola, tea, coffee or other coloured products.

Intrinsic factors are usually due to: discolouration that occurs when changes in the structure of the teeth take place. This is usually a result of tetracycline, antibiotics, underlying health issues and even trauma to the teeth.

So when you come in for a whitening consultation, our dental professionals look to see if you have any enamel damage or gum disease before going ahead.

Only dental professionals have access to the most effective,
professional-strength whitening solutions while ensuring that your treatment is safe.
That is not an assurance you will get from over-the-counter whitening products that pose real health risks; expose your teeth to abrasive substances; expose your gums and previous dental work to unregulated formulas; or just simply do not work.

Our in-office Zoom! Professional Whitening Treatment is performed under the care and supervision of your Dental 206 dentist to ensure the best results are achieved.

Within the hour, you will achieve a stunning smile up to 8 shades whiter than when you walked in. Meanwhile, you get to sit back, relax and listen to your favourite music, podcast or watch a movie!

Our other alternatives are ‘take home whitening trays’ which involves you applying the bleach in trays that have been custom-fitted to your teeth. The process takes 30-60 minutes each day and is not as quick as the in-office process since the concentration of the bleach is lower than what we can safely use in-office.
Here are some common myths around teeth whitening that you may not be aware of:

Baking soda whitens your teeth. While baking soda may whiten your teeth to some level, it can only remove the very surface stains. Deep stains require professional grade bleaching techniques. Being an alkaline substance, it causes a disruption in the good to bad bacteria balance in your mouth.

Whitening toothpaste works just as good. Whitening toothpastes have 1-2% hydrogen peroxide in them. Professional whitening gels have a higher, yet safe strength of the whitening ingredient. This means you get the best results much quicker than merely relying on whitening toothpastes.

Charcoal powder and toothpaste is the safe, natural option. Charcoal is highly abrasive and causes accelerated dental erosion. This can lead to even worse staining of your teeth from what you eat and drink in the future. Exposed enamel cannot be regenerated after it is gone! It can lead to greater sensitivity to cold or hot substances, and increase the risk of decay. Other risks you take is the uncomfortable side effects of ingesting it. These include gastrointestinal damage, nausea, vomiting, and it can even counteract medication absorption. Most charcoal products have not been approved for use by any regulating authority, as opposed to professional whitening solutions.

The stronger the bleach, the whiter the teeth. Yes, teeth can be whitened with stronger bleach. However, it can be dangerous and cause serious gum damage, dehydration and ongoing sensitivity issues. Also, the whitening effect is then usually only temporary.

Once whitened, teeth will stay white forever. We all have the potential to discolour our teeth by drinking and eating coloured products. Even though your teeth won’t discolour back to your original shade, the best thing to do is to maintain the shade using your take home gels every 2-3 months. (You can also use a straw to sip your heavily coloured drinks).

Strawberries, lemons and banana peels can whiten your teeth. Fruits are acidic and have a pH of 5 or lower. When the pH of your mouth drops below 5.5, your teeth become demineralised and susceptible to tooth decay. Irreversible enamel damage causes ongoing sensitivity. Not only that, dentin, the second layer of your tooth can become exposed and this layer is naturally yellow.

Crowns, veneers and white fillings can be whitened as well. Bleaching only works on your tooth surface. If you have any porcelain crowns, veneers or fillings on your front teeth, they will need to be replaced. Your dentist is the best person to advise you on this so that you can plan ahead instead of receiving any unexpected, nasty surprises from over-the-counter or online products.

Don’t be a victim of these common misconceptions. Your smile is important to us here at Dental 206. It is our mission to help you achieve the beautiful, healthy smile you have always desired.

That’s why we like to keep you informed so you can make the best possible, educated choices for your health. Get in touch with us for professional advice regarding teeth whitening. We’re here to help you through the process.

If you would like to learn more about teeth whitening or any other dental service, contact the team at Dental 206 for an appointment today.

Information given is general advice only and does not take into consideration your individual requirements. It’s always best to consult with a qualified Dentist professional for personalised advice.

Dental 206 takes great pride in their ability to provide you with the most comprehensive and professional dental practices for all your dental and cosmetic needs. Book your appointment today!

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