What is one aspect of several of your favourite celebrities and influencers who are in the public eye? No, we’re not talking about Kim K’s assets that break the internet but their beautiful white smile that lights up the room.
It is almost a necessity that if you are going to be seen a lot by the public and paparazzi then you need those teeth that shine like a diamond that’s been hit by a ray of light.
Can you imagine though if they had teeth that were stained and yellowed due to the vices we all like to enjoy such as coffee, alcohol and maybe the odd cigarette? Do you think they would have the confidence to dazzle the cameras as they so often do? This is why they opt to have their teeth whitened.
Now the good news is, it is not reserved for high society, anybody can get their teeth whitened. It can very easily be you who is lighting up a room with a beautiful smile showing off sparkling white teeth.
If that is what you want then you may have a few questions about teeth whitening and what exactly happens when you chose to have your teeth whitened.
How does teeth whitening work?
Stains on teeth can be classified in one of two ways: extrinsic or intrinsic. Extrinsic stains appear on the surface of your teeth whereas Intrinsic stains live between the microcracks in your enamel and deep within your dentin which is the layer of your tooth underneath your enamel.
Whitening toothpaste and mouth rinses may be able to remove some of the extrinsic stains on your teeth. But only teeth whitening agents can remove the stubborn extrinsic stains and the unsightly intrinsic stains that cause your teeth to look discolored.
The procedures we suggest use differing levels of a gel that is applied to the teeth. These gels contain an active whitening ingredient, either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide, that penetrates your enamel to get to the discolored molecules. The oxygen molecules from the whitening agents react with the discolored molecules in your teeth, breaking the bonds that hold them together. The oxygen molecules spread, whitening the entire tooth and as a result, you are left with a brighter, whiter smile.
As previously mentioned, the gel that is applied to the teeth can be done so in numerous different ways but we have found that teeth whitening trays are the best at home treatment and our in-office treatment uses a laser system.
Teeth Whitening Trays
Tray whitening makes an excellent choice for those people who like to do things themselves. It’s the original at-home method and the one that’s still considered to be the most effective and predictable.
Teeth whitening trays are created by a mould being taken of your teeth to get the perfect fit of your jaw. This ensures that the tray fits snug and secure against your teeth. When you have your tray at home, you evenly spread the gel that is provided across the tray so that each tooth gets an even covering, this will avoid uneven whitening. It’s recommended that you only bleach the front 6-8 teeth as no one sees the back teeth. Typically your teeth will be several shades whiter after a few days.
If you have not whitened before it’s a good idea to use the tray for 30 minutes to 1 hour the first time and increase the wearing time if there is little or no tooth sensitivity. It should be used no more than once a day but our professionals will tell you exactly the best times and how often it should be used. Everyone’s teeth are different so what is right for one, won’t necessarily be right for another.
If you decide that you would rather have our professionals whiten your teeth in-office, this will be done using gel similar to with the tray and followed up with a laser treatment.
Laser tooth whitening or in-surgery whitening is a procedure that takes place at the dental practice and uses a light-activated bleaching gel to whiten your teeth. The procedure usually takes approx 1 hour and produces instant whitening results. Many dentists recommend that laser whitening should be followed up by professional home whitening.
During your procedure, your teeth will be polished and prepared before the gel is applied. After the gel is applied the laser will then be directed at your teeth to rapidly activate the gel. The results are usually quite dramatic and can often be up to 10 shades lighter.
Thoughts and concerns
Tooth Whitening (bleaching) gel will only whiten natural teeth. It will NOT bleach (whiten), nor harm bonding, caps, crowns, bridges, fillings or any other artificial dental work. You may have to have the dentistry redone in order to match your new white teeth. Exposed root portion of teeth which occurs with gum recession will also not bleach.
If you have amalgam (silver) fillings in, near or behind the front teeth, long-term bleaching can cause the surrounding tooth to have a greenish tinge. It is important to consult a dentist if you have any of the above concerns.
In addition, your teeth or gums will most likely become sensitive. This is common while using all products containing peroxide based gels and it is not harmful. In case of increased sensitivity reduce usage time and/or frequency until the sensitivity subsides.
High Dental Teeth Whitening in Melbourne
If you want the confident, beautiful, shining smile then having your teeth whitened is a big step towards that. Hopefully, you now know everything you wanted to know about the procedures and what exactly happens.
As a final thought, teeth whitening is one of the biggest upcoming trends right now and it is easy to see why. With just a simple, painless procedure you can have the confidence and smile of a celebrity.
For more information or to book an appointment, call High Dental today on 03 9077 6363.