Most people admire beautiful, white teeth. Many celebrities and models have the most perfect white teeth. So, what makes teeth bleaching or whitening such a big deal and what is the process? From boosting your confidence in helping to maintain a healthy smile, teeth whitening remains a popular choice.
What you need to know about teeth whitening
Teeth whitening is the process of making the teeth a few shades lighter. Most people want to improve the appearance of their teeth by lightening the colour. With time teeth become stained by beverages (red wines, coffee, tea). Things like tobacco and even certain foods such as (soy source, balsamic vinegar, curries, and tomato foods) can contribute to staining.
Types of teeth whitening
There are many teeth whitening options. Your dentist in Centurion will discuss your choices during a consultation.
Whitening options include:
- Whitening toothpaste – while whitening toothpaste is not a permanent solution, it can help prevent teeth from staining.
- DIY kits – these can contain peroxide gel strips
- In-office bleaching – dentists use stronger mediums of whitening
Home-whitening kits are less strong than in-office kits because they can be damaging if not used correctly. Home kits are also inexpensive in comparison but may not last as long.
Pros of teeth whitening
- Confidence boost
The procedure instils a sense of confidence in people. Thus people with whitened teeth are able to smile without being self-conscious about discolouration or stains.
The procedure shouldn’t be painful; yet, some patients may experience a degree of tooth sensitivity.
- It’s attractive
People often find that whiter teeth are attractive.
- It’s inexpensive
When going the DIY route, you could save a penny, but this isn’t always the best choice. There are more chances of side-effects when the application isn’t completed properly.
Cons (some side-effects) of teeth whitening
- Tooth sensitivity
As mentioned, the procedure can lead to tooth sensitivity and while for some this may be mild, others could experience a severe case.
- Can be expensive
Depending on the type of whitening process being performed, the procedure can be expensive.
- Irritated gums
If the trays in the kit overlap the teeth, the teeth whitening agent could lead to gum irritation.
- Upset stomach
Some of the side-effects can also include an upset stomach as a result of the bleaching agent possibly being ingested.
How often is it best to whiten teeth?
Too much teeth whitening can lead to a higher risk of damage and sensitivity. It’s important to follow the instructions from your dental practitioner and if you’re getting a DIY kit, then check the instructions carefully. Bear in mind that everyone is different. Some people can go for more months without having to whiten, while others need frequent treatments. This is also affected whether the patient smokes cigarettes, drinks more red wine and or coffee. Thus, your diet and certain habits can affect the “longevity” of the whitening.
You can contact your Centurion Dentist at Smiles4All to book a comprehensive consultation.
FAQ – Teeth Whitening
How can I get rid of yellow teeth?
Using a toothpaste containing baking soda and hydrogen peroxide could help reduce yellowing of the teeth, chat to your dentist on other options
How much does it cost to get your teeth professionally whitened?
Chat to Dr Pinheiro regarding price
Is teeth whitening bad for your teeth?
It’s considered safe but your teeth may become sensitive after your session
What actually whitens teeth?
Hydrogen peroxide is a mild bleach that can help to whiten stained teeth