Teeth whitening has become very popular over the last decade, who doesn't want to flash a sparkling smile?
While dentists have offered professional teeth-whitening procedures for many years, the DIY market has grown recently and rapidly. In store and online there are a huge range of products, from bleaches to charcoal pastes, all promising pearly-white results.
Doing it yourself
It all looks so easy - just brush with this funny-looking charcoal paste or chomp down into a tray of gel and before you know it, your teeth are dazzling.
Sadly, dentists are seeing people with burns to their gums and damage to their dental enamel due to DIY teeth-whitening efforts. Unless a product contains a specially formulated medical bleach, no whitening will occur. While charcoal toothpaste may help remove stains, just like any toothpaste, it won't actually whiten teeth.
Whitening your teeth is not like making your bathroom tiles gleaming white. Your dental enamel is there to protect your teeth, but you can damage it and cause permanent problems with the wrong types of treatment. Not to mention the pain that dangerous bleaches can cause to your mouth and gums.
Professional teeth whitening
If your teeth are stained or darker than you'd like, see your dentist. They can assess your teeth and explain what you can do to lighten them. Remember that if you have large visible fillings, they can't be lightened without replacement. Likewise, if you've had crowns, bridges or implants done to match your current colour, they won't be changed by lightening. But lightening can work if your teeth have aged or stained while your crowns were made when your teeth were lighter.
This can be achieved in one of 2 ways: In-chair whitening or Take-home whitening.
Keeping your teeth white
Whichever way you choose to whiten your teeth, your dentist will explain that to keep them white you need to avoid excessive consumption of coffee, tea and red wine and be sure to clean your teeth afterwards; the stopping of smoking is vital. Not only does smoking threaten your general health, it also stains your teeth and can create issues with your gums and jaw health.
Don't risk your teeth, or your oral health with DIY teeth whitening products, book an appointment online today with one of our professional team members, and take the first step to a new smile.