Avoid These 8 Common Teeth Whitening Mistakes!

Has the colour of your teeth got you thinking “My teeth are yellow” or that your unhappy with the appearance of your smile? Professional teeth whitening can help by restoring that bright white colour of your teeth that natural ageing, diet or lifestyle factors may have caused.

Factors such as the food and drinks you consume, natural ageing, medications, genetics and activities like smoking, tobacco chewing and poor oral hygiene over time contribute to the yellowing process of enamel.

The best and easiest way to restore that bright white smile you once had, is professional teeth whitening.  These whitening treatments reverse the yellowing process by using a bleaching agent (hydrogen peroxide) and advanced LED light-accelerated whitening to deliver dramatic results in minimal time. Teeth whitening could help you feel happier about your smile. But like any treatment, it’s important to know what’s involved and what your options are before you make the right decision for you.

To help you get an idea of whether teeth whitening at Smiles by Natasha might be right for you and how to achieve the best results, read about these 8 common whitening mistakes:  

  1. Not consulting a dental practitioner first
  2. Not checking eligibility
  3. Not knowing the risks and/or side effects of teeth whitening
  4. Buying over-the-counter teeth whitening products
  5. Trying DIY home whitening remedies
  6. Using a service which employs un-registered/unlicensed/un-regulated individuals
  7. Ignoring the instructions of your dental practitioner
  8. Not topping up your smile

Not consulting a dental practitioner first

Its important that when considering cosmetic teeth whitening, your first stop is a registered dental practitioner. A registered dental practitioner has been trained to detect decay, gum disease and other issues which could impact your whitening and may need to be treated first. Professional teeth whitening carried out by a dental practitioner is faster, safer, and generally produces better results than DIY kits or mobile teeth whitening businesses.

Teeth Whitening Mistakes

Not checking eligibility

Another important aspect to check before teeth whitening is eligibility as professional whitening services are not recommended for everyone. Teeth whitening is not suitable for pregnant and/or breastfeeding women. Individuals with sensitive teeth will need to proceed with caution and is best completed under the professional guidance of a dental practitioner.

Also, not all teeth are suitable for whitening either. Bleaching gels will not whiten crowns, bridges, and fillings. Plus, they are most effective against certain kinds of stains such as those left by food, drinks, smoking and natural ageing. Discolouration/yellowing from trauma, side effects of medications and other various reasons may be best addressed with alternative dental treatment.

Not knowing the risks and/or side effects of teeth whitening

With all dental treatment it’s important to be aware of possible risks, complications, and side effects before starting. These risks are minimised when treatment is provided by a registered dental practitioner.

It is normal and sometimes expected for sensitivity to be experienced post whitening. This sensitivity however will subside over a 24-48hr period and at Smiles by Natasha professional dental advice is always available by phone if required.

Buying over-the-counter teeth whitening products

Unlike other whitening studios, Smiles by Natasha uses regulated products meaning only registered dental practitioners can purchase and provide these services. Philips Zoom! Is a world renowned and world leader in the dental whitening market. It is proudly made in the USA and subject to strict quality control.

As teeth whitening is in high demand, a wide variety of products and kits are available online and in store. These brands claim to offer whitening benefits similar to that of professional products. However whitening gels are regulated by the TGA (Therapeutics Goods Association) and unless a registered dental practitioner prescribes or provides the product, the concentration can’t exceed 6% Hydrogen Peroxide or 18% Carbamide Peroxide. Many of these readily available products especially toothpastes and whitening strips will usually produce negligible or disappointing results.  

Kits that provide mouldable bleaching trays can offer better results, however a one-size fits all tray can lead to uneven whitening or burnt gums and mouth. The saftest option to whiten at home is to use a personalized kit, custom moulded to your teeth by a dental practitioner. These custom-fitted trays comfortably fit over your teeth to prevent spills and ensure even coverage.

Trying DIY home whitening remedies

While store-bought whitening treatment can pose risks, products sold within Australia are still strictly regulated. Buying remedies or products online can pose greater dangers if you use everyday products not designed for use on teeth.

This can include lemon juice, bicarbonate soda and charcoal-based powders or toothpastes. They can be acidic and/or abrasive resulting in enamel erosion and wear if prolonged contact occurs. Using household bleach can result in severe burns within the mouth or stomach if ingested.

Using a service which employs un-registered/unlicensed/un-regulated individuals

If you decide you prefer an in-chair whitening service as opposed to a take-home whitening kit you should make sure that your clinician posses the relevant qualifications, training, and registration. Within Australia only registered dental practitioners can provide whitening services using hydrogen peroxide with a concentration over 6% or Carbamide peroxide exceeding 18%. Salons and other beauty business often are not suitably qualified, they lack the knowledge and experience of working with teeth and what to do if something goes wrong. Even if a salon is advertising teeth whitening with professional grade products this is misleading as Phillips Zoom! & Pola Office both require dental qualifications and registration with AHPRA (Australian Health Protection Regulation Agency) before purchase of the product.

Ignoring the instructions of your dental practitioner

Its important to follow all instructions provided by your dental practitioner. If using a take-home kit, they will give you precise instructions on how to use it safely and effectively. Skipping part of the process, wearing your trays for longer or using more bleach than recommended may seem like a shortcut to faster whitening. However, this can lead to uneven results or serious damage to your teeth and/or mouth due to prolonged contact. This is the same for over-the-counter products, prolonged contact can lead to and can cause pain or sensitivity. Charcoal toothpastes however rely on abrasive particles to ‘scrub’ stains off the enamel, leading to stripping of the enamel and recession of the gums.

It’s also advised that you listen to your dentist’s advice about food and drinks best avoided after whitening. This includes avoiding pigmented foods and drinks (tea, coffee & red wine etc.) which tend to stain for at least a few hours after whitening. It is RECCOMENDED to refrain from smoking for 24 hours after, to achieve the best results.

In comparison dental crowns, fillings, veneers or other restorations and prosthetic teeth will not benefit from teeth whitening treatment. Dental whitening is designed to only affect natural enamel. This can be an issue if dental work over-time has become discoloured or stained. Whitening may lead to a noticeable difference in colour between natural and artificial teeth, they may not match your new whiter brighter smile. This doesn’t mean your not eligible for whitening however, just that a consultation with a qualified professional is required to best discuss your individual needs.

Not topping up your smile

Even if you follow all the instructions of your dental practitioner and do your best to avoid staining, teeth whitening isn’t a permanent solution. Its longevity varies from person to person depending on diet and lifestyle factors such as smoking. But it usually lasts between 6 months and 2 years. To prolong that whiter and brighter smile it is important to complete repeat treatments every so often or use custom fitted whitening trays at home to ensure they remain as fresh and white as possible.

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