Professional teeth whitening is the quickest and most effective way to achieve a Hollywood-worthy smile. However, there are a few things you should know about teeth whitening before deciding on a treatment.
Here, Sundeep Patel, Cosmetic Dentist and Clinical Director at Waldron Dental, shares his pros and cons of teeth whitening.
Research is key when it comes to choosing the right dentist and practice for teeth whitening. You should speak to your dentist about the whitening options available to you. The two most common are zoom bleaching and tray bleaching. They can advise you on what works best for you and your lifestyle. For example, many people choose Zoom whitening over splints because this treatment whitens teeth in hours while splints take about a week. However, some prefer the aligners because they whiten teeth gradually and you can stop when you are happy with the shade. Choosing a qualified and reputable dentist is essential, and a clinic specializing in teeth whitening is also advisable.
Don’t rely on over-the-counter whitening products
Over the counter whitening products like at-home whitening kits, whitening pens, and whitening toothpastes can help remove stubborn stains from your teeth and make your teeth appear a little brighter, but you shouldn’t rely on them to achieve dramatic results. At-home whitening with store-bought products is often cheaper, but the results aren’t as good as a professional whitener, so I would always suggest seeing a professional dentist.
Research is key when it comes to choosing the right dentist and practice for teeth whitening
Talk to your dentist about your options
If you’re considering whitening your teeth, it’s always a good idea to speak to your dentist and have a dental exam to see if your teeth are healthy enough to have these treatments. Professional whitening treatments can be somewhat evasive and cause tooth sensitivity, so it’s important to educate yourself about any side effects or after-effects before undergoing treatment.
DO NOT eat the wrong foods during treatment
One of the biggest mistakes people make while undergoing teeth whitening treatments is eating dark foods. Food and beverages such as coffee, tea, red wine, curry, dark berries should be avoided at all costs during the treatment as they may stain your teeth and affect your whitening results. One way to look at it is that foods that would stain a white shirt will do the same to your teeth, so avoid these foods at all costs. If you’re a bit addicted to coffee and can’t give it up, try drinking through a straw as this will keep the liquid from staining your teeth.
Maintain a good oral routine
It is imperative to maintain your normal oral hygiene during whitening treatments to ensure your teeth remain clean and healthy and plaque free, allowing for better whitening treatment application. You should brush in the morning and evening, use an electric brush if possible as these tend to clean your teeth better, floss twice a day or after each meal and also use mouthwash if desired.
If you’re considering whitening your teeth, it’s always a good idea to speak to your dentist and have a dental exam to see if your teeth are healthy enough to have these treatments
Don’t overuse bleach
If you are whitening your teeth at home using the trays and whitening agents provided by your dentist, it is important that you follow the instructions and do not exceed the recommended exposure time. Whitening treatments contain hydrogen peroxide, the ingredient used to whiten teeth, and leaving it on for too long can damage tooth enamel and gums and lead to increased sensitivity, which can often be painful.
Visit your dentist regularly after treatment.
After you’ve had your whitening treatment you may think you’re ready to go and your teeth will stay white, but these treatments fade over time so it’s important to see your dentist regularly to ensure your teeth are kept healthy are. They can also advise you if you need further treatment or check that your teeth are clean and healthy. Consistency is key to teeth whitening, you need to make sure you keep up with the whitening process, maintain good oral hygiene and continue to avoid these dark colored foods wherever you can, especially in the weeks right after your treatment.
For more information on teeth whitening and how to contact the Waldron Dental Team and Sudeep Patel visit waldrondentalclinic.co.uk or smilesbysunnyd.co.uk.