Teeth whitening has been taking Brisbane by storm. However, with the market swamped with options it is important to establish the teeth whitening that is right for you.
To kick this off, we will begin with the options that are wrong for you no matter what.
DIY Teeth Whitening
There are many over the counter teeth whitening options available. These include whitening strips, UV kits, whitening pens, bicarbonate of soda toothpaste, and oil pulling. However, there are issues associated with these types of teeth whitening.
Lets whip through these and why they're wrong for you.
Teeth Whitening Strips
When used excessively teeth whitening strips are not safe. They will cause damage and sensitivity to your teeth. The stips are also unable to get into the crevices between your teeth, which can result in uneven colour.
The ultraviolet light that causes sunburn and skin cancer is used in these kits. UV teeth whitening kits can lead to stomach problems, mouth infections, toothache, gum-shrinking and nerve damage. These kits can also lead to patchy whitening due to the uneven spread of bleach.
Due to the small proportion of hydrogen peroxide in the solution, the whitening effect can be minimal. Mild gum irritation is also a side effect of these pens.
Baking Soda Teeth whitening
This ingredient is highly abrasive to the tooth’s enamel. Therefore, if used often over a long period of time, baking soda can weaken the enamel. In turn, this can increase sensitivity and vulnerability to dental cavities, which are irreversible.
Charcoal is highly abrasive and can physically wear down tooth enamel. This makes teeth appear more yellow, damaging the outer layer of the tooth. Using charcoal toothpaste on fillings, crowns or veneers can actually stain them causing discolouration and uneven colour across your smile. Most importantly, the vast majority of charcoal toothpaste products do not contain fluoride. This can be extremely detrimental to your oral health.
Professional Teeth Whitening at Bite Dental Brisbane
Here at Bite Dental, we offer two options to whiten your pearly whites
Take home teeth whitening trays
To whiten your teeth at home, you can have moulds taken and custom reusable trays made. Once your trays are ready for collection, your dentist or hygienist will provide syringes of whitening gel along with full instructions to use them at home. Depending on what is right for you, your practitioner will determine the best percentage and formula for you to use. This typically varies from around 4% to 14%.
At home, you simply squeeze small amounts of gel into the trays and place over your teeth. You then wear these trays for a predetermined amount of time suggested to you by your dentist or hygienist. This can be from 15 minutes to one hour and can be adjusted to suit your lifestyle. Your practitioner will also suggest how many days you should whiten your teeth for - for a few days up to two weeks. All teeth whitening clients at Bite Dental Brisbane receive a complimentary ‘top-up’ solution at every six-monthly check-up to maintain your bright and healthy smile.
In-chair teeth whitening
Philips Zoom! whitening is the best way to whiten teeth. The treatment can take your teeth up to 8 shades whiter in under one hour. This treatment is done in-chair and is convenient due to the small amount of time needed. Zoom whitening is particularly good for those with non-sensitive teeth as the percentage of hydrogen peroxide tends to be higher (approximately 14%). The LED light works to accelerate the bleaching process, leaving you with wonderfully white teeth in as little as 45 minutes.
Zoom teeth whitening is the most efficient way to whiten teeth and is also the more costly option. If you are looking at getting your teeth whitened, or any other cosmetic procedure, it is important that you consult a specialist.
Teeth whitening at the dentist will always be the way to go in terms of safety and results. If you are looking for the best teeth whitening service in Brisbane, look no further than Bite Dental.
Right now, we are offering new patients a full check-up for $95. This involves a consultation with a dentist, a full check-up exam, and any necessary x-rays. You are also able to discuss your smile and whitening goals.