Guide to teeth whitening: How to proceed with it?

‘Teeth can be whitened by using whitening toothpastes, whitening gums and other whitening products.’

Most advertised or Over-the counter products contain teeth whitening ingredients but the concentration is too low to have a noticeable effect. As we know, these products are readily available and are inexpensive. However, these options may not give you the ‘dazzling white’ smile you are expecting.In addition, with the at-home teeth whitening kit, you may gamble on selecting an inferior product, overusing the same, or using it wrongly.

(The Australian Dental Journal has reported a case of a patient who suffered from several loose teeth after using a home whitening kit.Further studies are being conducted in relevance to this unfortunate phenomenon.)

‘The higher the number, the better the product.’

If you are about to use a product with stronger ingredients or an increased dose of those ingredients, it may cause pain and sensitivity to your teeth.
Moreover, a patient’s teeth will react to bleaching at varied proportions than others, so there is no assurance that your teeth will get whiter faster with a more powerful gel.

‘Crowns, fillings and veneers can be whitened just like your natural teeth.”

Whitening gels are formulated to whiten natural teeth.Crowns and veneers are dental prostheses. These are made in a laboratory. Whitening gels bleach the natural teeth not fillings, veneers or crowns.
However, if you wish to get white cavity fillings, whiter crowns or veneers to match the shade of your bleached teeth, your friendly Canberra dentist at Molonglo Dental Surgery will suggest the appropriate treatment plan for achieving just that.

‘Teeth once whitened, will remain white always.”

There are many factors that influence the color of your teeth. Genetics, certain habits, your diet, degree of oral hygiene, the aging process and frequency of dental visits.For instance,
● Dental cavities can cause unsightly black teeth.
● Excess Tobacco smoking, coffee and wine may result in brown stains on teeth.
● The aging process causes our teeth to turn yellow over time.

Hence, considering the aforementioned factors, depending on the cause of the stains, it is not necessary that once you bleach your teeth they will remain white permanently.

Depending on the severity of the stains, Your friendly dentist at Molonglo Dental Surgery will conduct a thorough examination and suggest an appropriate bleaching routine for you. To get a consultation for teeth-whitening, please call us 0262871222.

‘You can’t whiten your teeth if your teeth are sensitive.’
Tooth sensitivity is an uncomfortable ‘stinging-like’ feeling you may experience with certain food or liquids.Listed below are a few, of the many causes of tooth sensitivity:
● Dental cavities,
● Wearing off the tooth enamel
● Clenching of teeth
● History of dental trauma
● Aging

However sensitive teeth should not hold you back from whitening your teeth. With the introduction of substantial anti-sensitivity solutions and modern sensitive teeth treatments, teeth bleaching has become more tolerable for patients with sensitive teeth.

Our efficient team at Molonglo Dental Surgery believes that sensitive teeth shouldn’t deter you from getting a brighter smile. Hence with the correct guidance, we assure you of a fairly less uncomfortable bleaching experience. Call us on 0262871222 to book your appointment today.

‘Professional Tooth Whitening Isn’t Worth the Cost’

There are multiple options available for whitening your teeth. These are:

● At-home bleaching treatments
● Teeth bleaching in office
● Laser bleaching treatments

Of these, the In-office bleaching and Laser bleaching methods are done in the dental clinic. These procedures are done under the professional care of a dentist.
Some studies indicate that the kit for home bleaching teeth and adjuncts simply removes superficial stains. Additionally, unsupervised and indiscriminate use of these products may result in excessive enamel wear and intolerable teeth sensitivity.

At Molonglo Dental Surgery, we understand that white teeth are considered attractive and youthful by some. At the same time, we also urge our patients to resist the temptation of overuse that can cause severe damage to the teeth and gums.

After understanding your expectations and examining your teeth, your Canberra dentist at Molonglo Dental Surgery will suggest the most favorable treatments for you. Do not hesitate to call us on 0262871222 about a most striking tooth bleaching experience!

Oil pulling whitens teeth

Oil pulling is an old ayurvedic treatment for oral hygiene.In oil pulling, a tablespoon of oil is swished around in the mouth on an empty stomach for about 20 min. There is insufficient data to prove its effect on dental stains.

We at Molonglo Dental Surgery respect various branches in Medicine and the benefits they offer. However, in our opinion, there is no scientific evidence to suggest that oil pulling will eliminate the stains on teeth. However, with the knowledge and experience we have, our efficient team assures you of a hassle- free and highly cosmetic teeth whitening experience. Call us on 0262871222 to know more about ‘White teeth’.

Fruits containing certain acids whiten teeth

Research has proved that Excessive consumption of acidic food and beverages cause the dissolving of the tooth enamel in the acidic environment.
Additionally, there is no scientific evidence to prove that acidic food or beverages can cause bleaching of teeth.

Our team at Molonglo Dental Surgery constantly advises our patients to refrain from following ‘current trends’ and/or ‘low cost teeth whitening treatments’. We have often seen the detrimental effects these methods have had- teeth erosion, swollen gums and extremely sensitive teeth, to name a few. Thereafter, the patients required expensive cosmetic and restoration treatments to repair the damage induced.

In order to experience a professional, safe and supervised teeth whitening treatment, kindly connect with us for a consultation today.

You can never drink coffee or wine again after a teeth-whitening procedure

Tobacco smoking and coloured beverages like black or green tea, chocolate, candies, turmeric , beetroot, coffee, wine and cranberry juice cause staining of the tooth. Some reviews prove that by following the below-mentioned suggestions, one may avoid excessive tooth stains:

● Consuming coloured food and beverages in moderation
● Brushing or flossing within 30 minutes of eating/drinking
● Using a straw to drink cranberry juice
● Chewing sugarless gum

After you finish following a bleaching routine, it is recommended that you avoid highly coloured and likely-to-stain food and drinks for 10-14 days. However, some very deep stains may persist despite the bleaching procedure.

Our efficient team at Molonglo Dental Surgery assures you of a complete clinical examination to prescribe the best bleaching routine for you. If your yellow teeth from smoking/ stained teeth are bothering you, call your bright smile dentist right away!

Teeth whitening abrades the enamel

Abrasion is the scraping or wearing away of something. Teeth bleaching is a procedure that involves a chemical reaction between the gel and the teeth that causes the release of certain gasses. These gasses loosen the superficial stains and hence cause teeth whitening.
However, whitening toothpaste, whitening strips and other similar products cause steady stripping away of tooth enamel.

Your Canberra dentist at Molonglo Dental Surgery will perform a thorough evaluation of your dental stains and suggest the most favorable treatment without causing excessive damage to your teeth and gums.

No matter how delightful the results of teeth whitening are, there are some situations wherein teeth bleaching is strictly prohibited.

1. Teeth whitening isn’t approved for pregnant women
2. Children under 16 cannot get their teeth bleached since their teeth are still developing.
3. Patients with gum disease, cavities, or broken dental crowns should also resist any whitening treatments until their teeth or gums are fixed.

Most people wish their teeth were whiter, and spend millions of dollars on teeth whiteners and teeth whitening procedures. There are favorable reasons to keep your teeth white- a beautiful smile, an increase in confidence, and most importantly, improved oral hygiene.

However, nothing is exact, even teeth whitening. As with any procedure, there are a few side effects. For instance, if you are sensitive to the bleaching chemicals used, you may have sore gums and painful teeth for a few days after the procedure.

Some stains are resistant to the bleach used to whiten teeth. If the stains are deep, the bleach is ineffective on such stains. In that case, you may need other cosmetic procedures such as porcelain veneers and crowns.

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