If you check the oral health care aisles at shops or the chemist, you will quickly see that there is no shortage of whitening products you can purchase. There are strips, gels, toothpaste, and rinses all of which claim to make your teeth whiter.
There are also a number of other DIY whitening methods that have been discussed online recently, including oil pulling, charcoal, and turmeric. How effective are these teeth whitening methods? And how safe are they?
The method includes a whitening gel that is stronger than what you can purchase over-the-counter; it is designed to penetrate the teeth to remove even some of your most stubborn stains.
In addition, your dentist will take precautions to protect the soft tissues of the mouth before applying the whitening gel. Most of our patients report feeling very little sensitivity after treatment.
What causes teeth to discolour?
There are a variety of things that can contribute to teeth discolouration – but most of them will track back to our daily habits, and the food and drink that we consume. Perhaps the biggest culprits will be drinks like, coffee, tea, wine, soft drinks and the like. Those who smoke tobacco will also invariably experience some staining or discoloration of the teeth.
Who can get teeth whitening done?
Provided there are no existing issues to resolve, virtually anyone can have their teeth whitened. Exceptions to that rule will include pregnant or breast-feeding women, or those with issues such as receding gums, decay, or damaged tooth enamel.
We also typically recommend that the patient be of-age and have all their adult teeth. It’s important to us that the patient be old enough to understand the nature of the treatment and be mature enough to consent to the procedure on their own.
Are there any risks to getting teeth whitening done?
When performed by a dental professional, teeth whitening is a safe procedure that doesn’t pose any great risk to a patient’s oral or general health. Some patients report sensitivity in the days following a treatment, though this is primarily an issue that will resolve itself in a matter of days.
How do I maintain the appearance of my teeth following a whitening treatment?
All the usual advice still stands. Following a treatment, we encourage our patients to revisit their daily habits, and commit to ensuring that what they are doing is in line with their best oral health. This will involve brushing twice a day, flossing daily and using mouthwash, minimising your exposure to foods and substances that can bring about discolouration, and booking in for regular check-ups with your dentist.
How many visits will I need to make to the dentist to have my teeth whitened?
In most cases, you’ll only need to book in a single appointment with us to have your teeth whitened. We do typically encourage our patients to book in for a consultation and check-up before committing to undergoing a tooth whitening procedure though. As this will help us ensure that your choice of cosmetic procedure doesn’t pose any risk of exacerbating existing issues with your teeth.
LN Dental is where you can find expert guidance and services for your dental needs. We’re a proud member of the Australian Dental Association (ADA) and an accredited dental practice by Quality Innovation Performance (QIP).
We put our customers at the heart of everything we do – and we do everything we can to ensure that you don’t need to worry about any steps in the process. You can get in touch to book a consultation by calling (02) 9644 1499 or booking online.