Teeth whitening is commonplace these days and is generally done to improve the aesthetic of your smile and boost self-esteem. There are a variety of teeth whitening methods, and the type that's right for you will depend on a number of factors, such as your budget and your desired results. Teeth whitening is only recommended if your teeth and gums are healthy and your enamel is strong and doesn't have significant cracks or chips. Having your dentist check the condition of your teeth before having any whitening treatment will ensure whitening your teeth doesn't cause longstanding damage to your enamel or gums. Here's an overview of three popular types of teeth whitening for you to consider.
Whitening strips are popular due to their low cost, but the results tend to only last a few months and they don't whiten deep stains. You can buy these thin, flexible strips over-the-counter and they contain peroxide as the whitening agent. You wear the strips across your teeth for a short period of time each day for around a week, but you do have to be careful when placing them on your teeth as they can irritate your gum tissue if they make contact. Results will vary depending on the type and severity of stains on your teeth. These strips generally don't produce great results if you are a smoker or a regular coffee drinker.
Custom-made whitening trays allow you to whiten your teeth at home with a system designed and approved by dentists. Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and have plastic trays made to fit over them perfectly. You will fill the trays with a peroxide-based gel and wear them each day for around a week. The custom-made trays prevent any of the gel from coming into contact with the soft tissues of your mouth, and the gel contains a higher concentration of peroxide than you can purchase over-the-counter.
In-office bleaching involves a couple of visits to your dentist's office, but the results are worth the trips you need to make. Your dentist will use a strong whitening solution containing either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide, and as the solution is so strong it will remove even deep stains and lighten your tooth enamel. If you look after your teeth after having them whitened at your dentist's office, the results can last for a couple of years.
If you're interested in having your teeth whitened, schedule an appointment with your dentist to check the health of your teeth and discuss the best type of teeth whitening for you. For more information on teeth whitening, contact a professional near you.Share
23 May 2023
Miranda Raff here. My brother is a stressed-out dental student, so I'm starting this blog on his behalf. I work in a travel agency and my brother is mortified by the number of dental tourism stories I bring home. I book short holidays for people who seem as though they are going to enjoy some relaxation in an exotic country, only to learn that they plan to have cheap dental procedures. Whilst there are good dentists in developing countries, according to my brother, the complex procedures these people plan to have simply can't be finished in such a limited time. This blog is an attempt to inform you about the high skill levels and advanced technology found in Australian dental surgeries. New techniques are being developed every year and Australian dentists are at the forefront of offering these solutions. I really hope this blog helps you to appreciate our dentists.