Teeth whitening is a safe, effective, fast, and affordable way to lighten teeth and remove stains. It is also a great way to boost your confidence. With brighter, whiter teeth, you won’t be able to stop smiling. Most patients who have tooth whitening done are extremely happy with the results and recommend the treatment to their friends and family.
What Is Teeth Whitening & Is It Really Safe?
Simply put, teeth whitening is a treatment that helps lighten the dentin. If a patient has tooth discolouration, bleach eliminates the stains. It is one of the most popular dental procedures because the results can be seen quickly. Even if someone isn’t crazy about the look of their teeth, they feel that there is a definite improvement after bleaching.
One concern people have is whether or not bleaching is safe. The good news is, for most people, it is. However, there are a couple of special cases.
Patients with have ongoing dental issues, like decay or gum disease, should wait until these conditions are remedied before bleaching. Additionally, those with extremely sensitive teeth should be aware that bleaching can cause even more sensitivity. If you already have sensitive teeth, bleaching your teeth could become uncomfortable.
Thankfully, more dental product manufacturers are developing products to reduce or prevent sensitivity. These products are used after the bleaching treatment and help soothe the teeth, so whitening is becoming available to more and more patients.
What Causes Tooth Discolouration?
There are many things that can cause tooth discolouration.
- Black coffee
- Teas (black is the biggest culprit)
- Red wine
- Dark soda
- Dark berries
The above list causes what are called extrinsic stains. These are stains on the outer surface of the tooth and are easily removable.
Intrinsic staining is stain that’s inside the tooth and not as easily bleached. This discolouration is caused by overexposure to fluoride as a child or trauma to the tooth.
Still another factor that causes discolouration is age. As people age, the dentin (second layer of tooth) begins to darken. Plus, the enamel thins out over time as well, making the darker dentin more visible.
Two Ways to Get White Teeth
How can you get white teeth quickly and easily? There are two ways to go about doing this.
1. At-Home Bleaching
Many toothpaste companies now have bleaching lines that you can buy over the counter. They come in a variety of forms: whitening toothpaste, whitening mouth rinse, and bleaching strips. What people love about bleaching this way is that they can do it in the privacy of their own home and according to their schedule. However, these at-home kits require many treatments to be effective and whitening toothpastes can only do so much.
If you have very light stains, whitening toothpaste might be helpful. But if you have dark stains, this type of toothpaste won’t really help. A whitening solution needs to be on your teeth for a while before it will even begin to work. Toothpaste that’s in your mouth for a few minutes a day isn’t going to do the trick.
Professional at-home treatments are available from your dentist and will be more effective than any over-the-counter treatments. At-home treatments from your dentist work with custom trays made to fit only your smile.
You can purchase professional grade whitening solution from your dentist, which you then use with your personal trays as prescribed. At-home treatment works through repeated application of the whitening solution and can take weeks or months to complete.
There is an increased risk of sensitivity with over-the-counter and professional grade whitening products. It’s important that you read and understand how long each at-home treatment should be left on in order to minimise the risk of increased sensitivity.
2. In-Office Bleaching Treatments
The best way to get white teeth is to get a professional teeth whitening treatment. The main reason is because your dentist evaluates your teeth from start to finish. They start by checking your gums and teeth for any signs of disease.
Once you’ve been cleared, a powerful forty percent hydrogen peroxide bleaching gel is applied. You will be in the dental chair for approximately forty minutes. During this time, depending on the product used, a bleaching light may or may not be used.
The great thing about professional teeth whitening is that your dentist can use such a strong bleach. Bleach at this level is not safe for long-term home use. It is used once or twice, and then only done as needed, which may very well be months or years down the road. Bleaching at home requires daily use, or at least multiple times per week, for a few weeks.
Another upside of in-office teeth whitening is there’s less chance of sensitivity. Your dentist will use a product with potassium nitrate and fluoride that reduces tooth sensitivity. Plus, they will apply the product carefully so that none ends up on your gum tissue. At-home bleaching systems have been known to cause gum tenderness.
Come into Pain Free Dental Clinic for Our Professional Teeth Whitening System
Are you ready to get beautiful, white teeth? Contact our office today. We will discuss all of the pros and cons of bleaching, whether or not you’re a good candidate, and what you can expect from the teeth whitening process. We look forward to helping you get the bright, beautiful smile you desire!
Ready to take the first step toward a gorgeous smile? Contact us to schedule a professional teeth whitening appointment.