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Knowledge Centre Tips & FAQs about Teeth Whitening
Naturally, teeth are of a light greyish to a yellow shade, not pearl white. However, bright white teeth have become a social prerogative; so much so that most people are spending a significant part of their day, trying various commercial products and DIY fads to bleach their teeth pearl white. If that sounds like you, here are the ways you can whiten your teeth at home.
Bleaching products with hydrogen peroxide
You can bleach your teeth naturally using hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide also has antimicrobial properties. Even most commercial teeth whitening products contain some amount of hydrogen peroxide. But using it on its own means you get the opportunity to use heavy concentrations for powerful tooth bleaching effects.
Brushing with baking soda
Baking soda paste is a mild abrasive and helps scrub stains off teeth surfaces. It also creates a high PH environment in the mouth, keeping bacteria from causing further damage. Studies show that brushing with pastes containing hydrogen peroxide and baking soda can make your teeth 62% whiter – in under (just) 6 weeks.
Whitening toothpaste for the save against stains.
If you are eating and drinking stain-causing products, why not fight back the discolouration every time you brush your teeth?
Contrary to what you may read online, most whitening pastes are safe and quite effective against teeth stains when adopted as part of a larger DIY teeth whitening routine. They won’t cause acne and tooth sensitivity.
Indeed, some whitening toothpastes are harsh on the enamel if used daily; the wise thing to do is consult a dentist. Keep an open mind, though, because this only helps remove surface stains to reveal the truest colour of your teeth, which may not be pearl white. In case of yellowing due to deep stains, try professional teeth whitening (we will be here if you need).
DIY teeth whitening trays and strips
You can also bleach your teeth on your own using over-the-counter teeth whitening trays and whitening strips. These are flexible materials that gently fit around the teeth. They contain either peroxide-based whitening substances or other whitening gels dispensed by you (the user) to whiten your teeth surface – and in between.
You can get an OTC whitening tray or ask a dental professional for custom-made molds.
DIY teeth whitening kits
There are complete teeth whitening kits on the market that use some proprietary gel (usually containing carbamide peroxide) and LED activation to brighten your teeth pearl white. You can use the kits after brushing – for just about 10 minutes a day – for a brighter smile. Watch out for the clinical grading/rating, though. You want to get a kit that is gentle on your sensitive teeth, caps, braces, crowns, and bridges.
DIY teeth whitening pens
Another option for the home is teeth whitening pens. These pens can work to remove some surface stains, but will not do too much against severely stained teeth. It is not recommended to use them while wearing braces as some areas of the teeth will get whiter, leaving the parts covered by braces stained. These pens also do not work on crowns or veneers!
Practice excellent dental hygiene
In as much as your local dentist in London, Ontario, dentist has a fix for your stained and rotting teeth, these are by no means substitutes for healthy oral care.
Avoid sugary or coloured beverages. Drinks like red and white wine are highly acidic, and as the acid makes contact with your teeth, it deteriorates the enamel – causing the ‘yellowing’ of teeth.
If you must drink tea, coffee or soda, use a straw, this keeps the strong coloured or sugary beverages from making contact with your teeth. Use a straw with your water too. It may seem like a silly thing to do, but it’s useful in activating saliva flow, which is the mouth’s natural defence system. Also, the water removes any food particles stuck between your teeth.
Brush your teeth right after drinking sugary or coloured beverages: This is a great solution to keep acid from spreading and damaging your entire mouth.
Lastly, eat a lot of fruits and vegetables for healthier teeth. Fruits like pineapples and strawberries are said to help fight teeth discolouration.
How about brushing using a baking soda and strawberry mix? Some celebrities swear by it, it has got malic acid to fight discolouration and baking soda to scrub away stains. Some thoughts and ideas for you to try and ponder. Just have fun with it (teeth whitening) by exploring different options like the ones listed above and enjoy the process.
While at home, teeth-whitening solutions may be effective against stains, they may not help you achieve bright white teeth. The reason is that by removing stains, they merely help reveal the true colour of your teeth, and in most cases, this is not the desired pearl white. For bright white teeth, you are going to need the help of professionals. While professional teeth whitening is undoubtedly more of an investment, the resulting (consistent) bright white set of teeth is worth it by a factor of ten.
The first thing a dentist will do is rub your teeth with pumice to clean and polish them – and fill any cavities. Teeth bleaching agents work best on a dry surface. They penetrate deep through the pores to fight stains. However, the presence of saliva on the teeth interferes with the bleaching agent’s activity. Saliva keeps the whitening solution from reaching the deep recesses of your teeth and removing the stains within.
After polishing and cleaning your teeth, the dentist will assess the natural colour of your teeth. This helps determine how much whitening has to be done and the concentration of bleaching solution to achieve the ideal shade.
Dentists also have incredible tools at their disposal to do their jobs effectively. They may place a gauze pad between your teeth to keep them dry during the procedure for better bleaching effects.
They will also use barriers and retractors to keep your tongue, gums, and cheeks away from the teeth, so they do not interfere with the whitening solution. Barriers and retractors also keep you from swallowing the whitening solution.
After everything is ready, the dentist applies gel to your gums to protect them during the treatment. Next, the solution containing the bleaching agent is applied. Usually, only the front surface of your teeth is coated because the back surface rarely gets noticed.
The whitening solution is left in place for a while to do its job, usually 30 minutes or more, depending on the ideal shade. Special activating lights may be used to speed up the bleaching. Then the dentist will thoroughly wash your mouth to rinse away any residue of the whitening solution.
Once the ideal shade of white is achieved, the dentist will apply some finishing to brighten and strengthen the teeth. Usually, this involves a fluoride treatment.
Benefits of fluoride treatment
Fluoride has been used as an oral health treatment for years now. It is a natural element that aids in the development of strong teeth and prevention of cavities. It restores minerals eroded by bacteria and inhibits further bacterial activity on the enamel and gums. This helps stop any decay from reaching the deeper parts of your teeth.
Fluoride treatments have more fluoride than your commercial toothpaste. The procedure only takes a few minutes (a short and infinitesimal amount of time relative to the number of benefits), and you are required to stay away from eating and drinking for 30-60 minutes so the treatment can absorb into your teeth.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how dentists are able to achieve excellent results. In this era of crammed up schedules, you want things done within a short period of time – but with utmost care. Visiting a dentist affords you faster teeth whitening procedures and professional care.
Request an appointment today at Sbenati dentistry, or better yet, give us a call, and share your health history to find out what we can do for you. Almost everyone’s teeth lose their bright white sparkle with time and achieve a dull look. Certain foods contain substances that can stain the enamel when they make contact with your teeth. Other causes of tooth/teeth discolouration include smoking, chewing tobacco, certain medications, aging, and dental injuries that leave your cavities exposed. Plaque buildup also causes teeth yellowing with time.
The yellowing of teeth erodes self-confidence. While you can’t help with some causes of tooth discolouration, such as aging, still some people won’t stop giving you judging looks every time you flash them a smile or talk. Lucky for you, we can fix it all and give you back that bright, heart-warming smile.
We are a team of highly passionate, enthusiastic, and educated dental professionals and practitioners that are eager to fix your cosmetic teeth issues (colouring included) so you can wear your bright smile with confidence. At our dental office we pride ourselves on serving every patients unique needs from cosmetics to general dentistry.
We provide affordable, world-class dental care services for all, without discrimination. There’s no other job nobler than fixing people’s smiles. Is there?
With the help of safe, industry-leading technology and our knowledge of various languages, we are sure to understand and provide exactly what you desire. Find out what makes you the right candidate for our teeth whitening procedures below.
In as much as we’d like to help you all and provide effective treatment so you can get your pearly whites back (or for the first time in forever), teeth whitening is not for everybody.
Teeth whitening works best on healthy teeth without sensitivity issues, restorations, or fillings. Teeth with yellow tones also respond to whitening procedures well. On the other hand, patients who smoke, drink wine, eat foods with dark pigmentation – alongside patients with gum issues, exposed roots, and other teeth problems – may not respond well to whitening procedures.
Here is a complete breakdown of who is not an ideal whitening candidate:
- Children below the age of 16
- Pregnant and lactating women/mothers
- Allergies to bleaching agents
For these reasons, we advise you to share your medical history with the dentist, so they know what to do for you. To ensure the best teeth whitening experience in London, Ontario, your dentist will examine your teeth to let you know if you will benefit from our professional teeth whitening treatment. If you do not qualify, he/she will provide you with personalized solutions to achieve the brightest smile possible.
You may see colour differences between restored and natural teeth. Informing the dentist in advance can help prevent an unpleasant teeth whitening result. There are many ways to brighten your smile, so call us today.
It is never too late to brighten your teeth for a shiny smile that brightens the room every time you flash it. Professional teeth whitening procedures are fast and careful. The only sensation you are going to experience is slight sensitivity as the whitening solution penetrates through the enamel pores to fight stains from within. Otherwise, the procedure is safe. You are going to leave our office feeling confident and brand new. Get in touch with us today at Sbenati Dentistry in London Ontario to book an appointment!