At one time, dentists tried to treat gum diseases with mouthwashes containing hydrogen peroxide.
They noticed that during this gum treatment teeth became whiter.
Teeth whitening is also called teeth bleaching, primarily because most products contain hydrogen peroxide or products that release hydrogen peroxide when mixed with other materials.
This resulted in manufacturing do-it-yourself teeth whitening home kits.
What’s the difference between teeth whitening by a dentist and do-it-yourself home kits?
Hydrogen peroxide is highly corrosive, causing the mineral content of the enamel of the teeth to wear away. Home whitening kits use a lower level of hydrogen peroxide than that of dentists.
Although they use higher levels of hydrogen peroxide, dentists fabricate a mould of your teeth, ensuring the treatment touches only the teeth and not your gums.
It is crucial that hydrogen peroxide is not in contact with the gums as this cause burns. A dental treatment is far safer.
Benefits of Teeth Whitening
While our teeth are not perfectly white by nature, most people feel that they could enhance their smile with brighter, whiter teeth. Over time, our teeth develop stains from eating and drinking foods and beverages.
Teeth also yellow with age, as a result of discolouration inside the teeth. There are various ways to safely remove the stains and the yellowing, leaving a whiter, more radiant smile.
Good oral hygiene is essential for everyone, especially those who want whiter teeth. You can take care of your teeth and help prevent stains from forming by brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash.
Dental plaque that has built up can also be removed by flossing teeth at least once a day.
After eating and drinking acidic foods, wait at least 30 minutes before brushing. Brushing teeth when enamel is weakened can damage teeth because acids weaken tooth enamel.
To keep stain causing dyes away from teeth, use a straw when you are drinking beverages. This is especially true for coffee, tea, wine, and sports drinks.
Procedures of Teeth Whitening
Listed below are two of the most popular types of whitening procedures:
Some dentists recommend an at-home whitening kit to maintain the whiteness of your teeth. Smoking and excessively drinking liquids that cause stains may require more frequent touch-ups. Consult your dentist for more information about home whitening.
Whitening toothpaste, strips or a whitening pen will also work if you are looking for a cheaper option. These products are available in supermarkets and drugstores.
Professional Teeth Whitening
Your dentist offers the fastest and most efficient professional whitening treatments. Whitening treatments received from your dentist produce results much more quickly than over-the-counter options. Teeth are visibly whiter after just one visit. Additional home whitening methods may be recommended to ensure the long-term success of these professional whitening treatments.
Our dentists at Deer Park Dental Surgery will help you achieve your dreams whites. We offer numerous teeth whitening treatment options for patients who reside in Deer Park and surrounding areas.
If you have concerns regarding your dental health, call us at (03) 9360 4417 to set an appointment. We are located at T097a Brimbank Shopping Centre Neale Road in Deer Park.
- Same day emergency appointments are available upon request
- All insurances are accepted with HICAPS. As a preferred provider for HCF and NIB
We are located in a busy medical centre in Brimbank Shopping Centre with plenty of cafes and shops nearby.
Easily accessible via public transportation (bus stop within walking distance)