How Does Teeth Whitening Work
Over time the colour of our teeth changes for a variety of reasons. The types of food and drinks we consume regularly have an impact on them, particularly if we indulge in lots of coffee, tea and red wine. Certain medications can also affect our teeth colours, and if you’ve had any trauma to the mouth that could also result in darker patches.
No matter the cause of the blemishes or stains to teeth, teeth whitening has become the number one aesthetic dentistry concern. It’s something we get asked about all the time in our Bayside dentistry practice, and we’re happy to offer comprehensive teeth whitening solutions.
The beauty of our teeth whitening procedures, compared with other cosmetic dental procedures, is that no tooth structure is cut away to achieve an aesthetic outcome. We simply apply some special chemicals that will change the base colour of your teeth. These are very safe, without any detrimental side effects in the long term or short term.
People’s teeth whiten to different levels, so to predict the outcome on your particular set of teeth isn’t always easy. We get the safest and best results by using lower concentrations of the bleaching chemical over a sustained period of time. This produces the least side effects and controls the final outcome the best.
How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last
Teeth whitening has become more popular over the years, with everyone from the Hollywood elite to everyday professionals and Mums and Dads benefiting from it. Our team of Bayside dentists, headed up by Dr David Delac, like to encourage a natural fresh look that isn’t too white. ‘Hollywood’ white teeth can look on the fake side, but in the end we leave the decision up to you as to what the desired end result will be.
Teeth whitening isn’t permanent, so to maintain the level of whiteness you like might require repeat treatments over the years. Depending on your diet, lifestyle and other factors, the whitening can last from a few months to a few years.
If you’re looking for a teeth whitening dentist The Dental Family Beaumaris can answer all your questions about how long the procedure lasts. Get in touch today.
What are the Risks of Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is a simple and relatively risk-free treatment. If you’re worried though, speak to one of our dentists with any concerns you might have. The chemicals we use in the teeth whitening process are very safe, but occasionally a patient may experience some tooth sensitivity or gum irritation. This is always temporary and treatment can be resumed again once the symptoms resolve. With the latest formulations, we hardly see these side effects anymore
We’d also not recommend overuse of teeth whiteners. Your long term oral health is our top priority so we want to prevent any damage happening to your teeth or gums over time. Another thing to bear in mind is that teeth whitening doesn’t work on dentures, crowns, fillings or veneers.
As always if you have any questions about teeth whitening or our other dental services, we’d love to answer them for you. Get in touch with The Dental Family Beaumaris now.