Professional Teeth Whitening V Over the counter product – why you NEED to see a dentist for the best results.
There’s no doubt, people love the idea of perfect white teeth. “Restore confidence, regain your smile.” We all have seen the headlines. It’s on our news feeds, from our celebrities, its everywhere!
Does teeth whitening work?
Before we go into the trials and tribulations of the teeth whitening options, let’s look at what makes teeth appear yellow or discoloured:
Ok, we can just eliminate the above to obtain fabulous white teeth (except getting older, wouldn’t it be great if we could!). Well, not quite. You see, unfortunately GENES also major contributor to the appearance and colour of your teeth.
This my friend, is WHY you need to see a dentist. No doubt, you have heard the promises of achieving up to “8 shades lighter” but is the messenger QUALIFIED to substantiate the claim?
Only a dentist can advise IF whitening is a suitable option for you, and most importantly, HOW it will work for YOU. Unrealistic expectations are the prime reason why patients are disappointed in their whitening results.
Dr Soraya Eakins at Greenvale Dental Group explains why:
No amount of “promises” can alter the above, this is why some people report great results and others are disappointed. However, some products will work better than others.
Why do I need a consultation before whitening treatment?
There are many oral issues that can affect, or be affected by whitening treatments, some can even cause permanent damage. The dentist will exam the patient for the following:
3.Whitening solutions do not change the colour of ceramic/porcelain veneers or crowns. Whitening of the surrounding natural teeth will need to match the shade of the crown or veneer which cannot be achieved with over the counter products.
So, what are the best teeth whitening products?
Teeth whitening solutions contain peroxide. Carbamide peroxide (CP) or Hydrogen peroxide (HP). Only a dentist is permitted to use the highest level of peroxide during whitening treatment. Smile bars and dental spas cannot, by law, use the same strength.
Over the counter whitening
Generally purchased from a chemist, supermarket or ‘online’. These products often contain a whitening gel and an ‘one size fits all’ trays. They can be ineffective due to:
Whitening toothpaste can be the least effective, but the most abrasive of all of the whitening products:
This new ‘fad’ whitening is all the rage, but there is very little scientific evidence that says it’s effective.
Charcoal, even if finely milled, is abrasive and causes permanent damage to the tooths enamel.
Teeth are the only part of the body that cannot replenish or heal itself. Once the enamels gone, it’s gone.
Is there an alternative if I am not a suitable candidate for teeth whitening?
There sure is. Other cosmetic treatments such as crowns and veneers can provide the exact shade of white you desire, with the bonus of fixing other issues such as gaps, crooked teeth all at the same time. Whitening treatment does not last forever, no matter how diligent you are at looking after your oral care. Cosmetic dentistry allows a more permanent solution, with the results you desire.
At the end of the day, the cheaper products will not only leave you disappointed with the results, they can cause harmful and even permanent damage to your teeth and gums. A FREE consultation at Greenvale Dental Group, can set you on the right track in your quest for whiter teeth. Call us on 9333 6854.