Have you ever considered having whiter teeth but do not know the right way to go about it? Understandably so, there are a myriad of options available and choosing which method can be a difficult task. From simple whitening toothpastes to the more expensive clinical whitening sessions, the cost and the time needed to achieve results varies. People often wonder is the most expensive option the most effective, not necessarily! A host of options are available and the consulting dentist would be able to recommend which method in each particular case would be the most beneficial to brighten your smile.
A simple scale and polish may take off the extrinsic stains (surface stains) from tea/coffee, smoking, food, red wine etc. Whitening toothpastes can also help in these cases as these contain abrasive particles that can remove surface staining. So in truth, the toothpaste has a polishing effect rather than achieving a true shade change. Care must be taken with whitening toothpastes as over-use can cause thinning of the enamel and lead to sensitivity.
If stains are intrinsic (within the tooth) the tooth will need to be bleached in order to change the shade. Two options are available and again are patient specific. One treatment can be done in the comfort of your own home while the other has to be done in the clinic by a dentist. The results achieved by both can be the same but the in-house whitening treatment can be done in a much shorter time frame as the concentration of the bleach is higher, thus the need for it to be dispensed by a qualified dentist.
Teeth whitening treatment is a minimally invasive treatment that can have brilliant result and can really change your smile. However some patients ask “..but how damaging is tooth whitening?” Of course with all dental treatment there are risks involved. Two main risks should be advised before embarking on whitening treatment; sensitivity and mucosal irritation. Sensitivity can cause mild discomfort but this is usually temporary. Mucosal irritation can be avoided and the dentist will ensure this by giving correct instructions and advice. Overtime the shade may regress but whitening can be repeated if the patient wishes to brighten the smile once again!
Book a consult today at Smilepoint Dental Centre to know more about tooth whitening and how you can achieve a brighter smile today!