It’s no secret that teeth whitening is an effective treatment to make those pearly whites, extra white!
Many factors can contribute to stained or yellow looking teeth. From smoking to coffee consumption, certain habits can lead to a not-so-bright smile. Of course, there are several ways you are able to treat this at home, but sometimes you may need to go the professional route if you are looking for optimum results.
What You Need to Know
Though it may not appear this way, your teeth actually have pores, the same way your skin has pores. Smoking, coloured food and coffee are absorbed into these pores which cause your teeth to stain. The only way to get rid of these stains is by using teeth whitening gel, which is absorbed into the pores in your teeth and pushes the stains out during the teeth whitening process.
Your dentist may provide you with teeth whitening gel and instruct you on the best method of use. You should always follow the instruction of your dentist. If you meticulously follow the instructions set out by your dentist, you will find the teeth whitening process to be safe and effective.
It should be noted that teeth whitening can restore your teeth back to their natural shade. It removes stains that have built up over time to restore the natural colour of your teeth.
Tooth sensitivity after you have whitened your teeth is completely normal and sometimes even expected. Many teeth whitening products utilise peroxide-based bleaching agents.
Tooth sensitivity is due to your teeth being dehydrated after the procedure – this can last up to thirty-six hours after you have undergone the teeth whitening process. A post-whitening fluoride treatment is usually suggested by your dental practitioner to treat the temporary sensitivity.
You should avoid very hot or cold food and beverages during this time to avoid any tooth sensitivity related discomfort.
Veneers and Crowns
It is true that veneers and crowns can be fitted to give teeth a whiter appearance. The whitening agent won’t work on crowns and veneers. It also doesn’t work on dentures and fillings. If you have any of these fittings, it is best that you maintain their whiteness by means of regular brushing and cleaning.
Good Oral Hygiene
If you have gone to the trouble of whitening your teeth, you should be following a good oral care routine to maintain your results. This includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day with a soft bristled tooth brush, followed by flossing.
Certain teeth whitening solutions can be damaging to teeth, and at Main Street Dental in Bacchas Marsh, we want to ensure that along with giving you beautiful teeth, we do so in a healthy way. If you are having any doubts or have any questions about the risks involving certain teeth whitening systems, it is best to consult with your dentist before going forward with the treatment.
Want to know more about teeth whitening and your options? Visit our team at Main Street Dental today!