With the ever whitening smiles of today’s celebrities, tooth whitening is more popular than ever.
Tooth whitening can be very effective in improving the shade of your teeth but there are several considerations to make before taking the leap.
Teeth whitening works by using chemicals to break down stains that have formed on and within tooth structure. An inevitable side effect of this is that it can irritate the nerve, and so we ensure that the nerve of the tooth is sealed as much as possible. We strongly encourage a comprehensive exam before starting teeth whitening to ensure that the nerves of your teeth are well insulated and protected from any short or long term effects of the whitening product.
There are types of staining which whitening products will not do much at all. Thinning of enamel (the hard outer layer of your teeth) can lead to natural darkening of teeth as the more yellow dentine layer shows through. Certain variations in the formation of the enamel can also lead to certain stains, spots and bands on enamel. For these types of stains, tooth whitening products are not very effective; however we do have other options at the dentist for these.
Whitening chemicals are designed to break down stains above all else. Common stains include tea, coffee and wine. For these, whitening products are very effective. Together with meticulous oral hygiene to maintain any improvements from treatment, whitening can be a great tool for keeping your smile fresh and free from food and drink stains.
If your interested in teeth whitening or want more information call the practice on 5465 7995.
Dr Sang Ho