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7 Things Dentists Wish You Knew About Teeth Whitening

TL:DR Summary

  • Dental Check First: Ensure oral health before whitening; cavities and gum disease affect results.
  • Diet Matters: Limit staining foods and drinks; brush after consuming them.
  • Patience Required: Multiple treatments needed for lasting whiteness.
  • Toothpaste Limits: Regular toothpaste maintains, not drastically whitens teeth.
  • Prosthetics Don’t Whiten: Veneers, crowns, dentures can’t be whitened like natural teeth.
  • Braces-Compatible Whitening: Safe, effective alternatives available for those with braces.
From the importance of understanding your own dental health before embarking on any whitening procedure, to the myths and realities of over-the-counter products, this article aims to shed light on the crucial aspects often overlooked in the pursuit of a brighter smile.

Introduction: 7 Things Dentists Wish You Knew About Teeth Whitening

With my background in health science and aesthetics, and having interacted with numerous clients and industry experts over the years, I’ve gained a unique perspective on the world of cosmetic treatments, including teeth whitening.

In this article, I will be exploring “7 Things Dentists Wish You Knew About Teeth Whitening.” This piece is informed by my conversations with dental professionals and my own research into the subject.

Teeth Whitening Myths Debunked: Fact or Fiction?

From the importance of understanding your own dental health before embarking on any whitening procedure, to the myths and realities of over-the-counter products, this article aims to shed light on the crucial aspects often overlooked in the pursuit of a brighter smile.

During the exam, your dentist will check for any issues that may interfere with the whitening process or cause sensitivity, such as cavities or gum disease. Additionally, the exam allows your dentist to recommend the best whitening options based on your individual needs and goals.

Tip #1: Get an Examination First by a Dentist

Just like everyone else you want to have the brightest and whitest teeth ever possible. However, it is important to have a dental examination to ensure that your mouth is healthy. That the problem such as cavities and gum disease need to be addressed and treated before you do your teeth whitening.

Why is this the case? “Teeth whitening that is peroxide-based is meant to whiten the innermost layer, not the structure inside the tooth near the nerves,” based on Jennifer Jablow, a cosmetic dentist in New York City.

Shine Safe: Dentist Exam Keys to Successful Teeth Whitening

According to a blog post by Noll Family Dentistry, a dental exam prior to teeth whitening is essential to determine the overall health of your teeth, gums, and mouth. During the exam, your dentist will check for any issues that may interfere with the whitening process or cause sensitivity, such as cavities or gum disease. Additionally, the exam allows your dentist to recommend the best whitening options based on your individual needs and goals.

Coffee is a major source of stains on teeth, and over time, these stains can lead to tooth discoloration

Tip #2: Watch What Passes Through Your Lips 

Certain food and beverages such as coffee, tea, wine or even blended juices can cause tooth discoloration. Other foods such as dark soy sauce or even curry may also cause staining to the teeth. By limiting these foods, it will help your teeth stay as white as possible post procedure. Otherwise, remember to brush your teeth and wipe then clean after consuming coffee or tea.

A Consistent Habit to Brush Teeth

A consistent habit will help you to save your teeth from getting stained again. Also, do consider eating more foods such as cauliflower, strawberries, seeds and nuts as they may help to whiten teeth and also speed up the whitening process naturally.

Table: Common Factors Contributing to Teeth Stains

Here is a table summarizing the common factors that can cause teeth stains:

FactorDescription
Food and DrinksCertain food and drinks, such as coffee, tea, red wine, and dark-colored fruits and vegetables, contain pigments that can stain teeth.
TobaccoBoth smoking and chewing tobacco can lead to yellow or brown stains on teeth.
AgeAs we age, the outer layer of tooth enamel can wear away, revealing the yellowish dentin underneath.
MedicationsCertain medications, such as tetracycline and doxycycline, can cause teeth stains when given to children whose teeth are still developing.
TraumaTrauma to a tooth can cause it to change color, and it may be difficult to remove these stains.
GeneticsSome people may have naturally thinner or more translucent tooth enamel, which can make their teeth appear more yellow or gray.
Table: Common Factors Causing Teeth Stains
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Tip #3: You May Need More Than One Treatment to See The Best Results 

If you want to maintain your newly whitened teeth, you may require consistent commitment and maintenance. This is to prevent your sparkle from losing its lustre. Also, tying up with tip #2, by having regular maintenance sessions for teeth whitening, you can combat the staining that happens from staining foods and beverages.

Science Says: Slow & Steady Wins the Aesthetic Race 

One essential piece of advice I often share is about the importance of patience and persistence with aesthetic treatments. If you’re considering a procedure, especially those targeting skin rejuvenation or fat reduction, it’s crucial to understand that achieving the best results usually requires more than one session.

While many toothpastes claim to whiten teeth, they typically contain only small amounts of whitening agents such as hydrogen peroxide or baking soda.

Tip #4: There Is A Limit to What Toothpastes Can Do

In my years of interacting with clients keen on enhancing their aesthetic appeal, a common misconception I’ve encountered is about the capabilities of toothpaste in transforming dental appearance.

As a professional in the aesthetics field, I want to clarify that while toothpaste is essential for oral hygiene, its ability to drastically change the color of your teeth is limited.

Seeking a Brighter Smile? Look Beyond Regular Toothpaste

Regular toothpaste primarily removes surface stains and plaque, maintaining oral health, but it cannot alter the intrinsic color of your teeth.

For those in their 20s and 30s looking for more significant changes, like brightening your smile, it’s important to understand that toothpaste alone might not achieve your desired results. If you need to go for a toothpaste, I will recommend Colgate optic white O2 as some of my customers have given positive feedback on this product.

Tip #5: Fake Teeth May Not Whiten

A common misconception I’ve noticed, especially among younger adults, is the belief that fake teeth, such as veneers, crowns, or dentures, can be whitened just like natural teeth. However, this isn’t the case. These dental prosthetics are made from materials that do not respond to traditional whitening agents.

Denture Color Set in Stone: Whitening Won’t Budge

In my interactions with clients and discussions with dental professionals, it’s become clear that the color of these artificial teeth is set during their creation and remains consistent over time. For those considering teeth whitening, it’s crucial to understand this distinction to set realistic expectations and avoid potential disappointment. This knowledge is particularly relevant in a city like Singapore, where aesthetic treatments are sought after and individuals invest keenly in their appearance.

Some stains, such as those caused by aging, certain medications, or trauma, may be more difficult to remove and may require more advanced whitening treatments such as professional in-office whitening or at-home whitening kits.

Tip #6: Not All Teeth Stains Are Easy to Remove 

From my perspective, it’s crucial to understand that not all teeth stains are equally responsive to whitening treatments. Some stains, especially those caused by foods, drinks, or smoking, can be quite stubborn.

These surface stains, known as extrinsic stains, often require professional intervention for significant improvement.

Navigating Realistic Expectations for Intrinsic Stain Removal

On the other hand, intrinsic stains, which are deeper and often a result of medication, trauma, or certain illnesses, can be more challenging to address. It’s essential to set realistic expectations and understand that some deep-seated stains may not be completely removable, even with advanced treatments.

In my professional experience, I always advise clients to maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine and seek regular professional advice for the best outcomes in aesthetic dental care.

Yes, attaining a set of pearly whites even while wearing braces is achievable. However, the kind of braces you're wearing can influence the efficacy of certain whitening methods.

Tip #7: You Can Whiten Teeth Even If You Have Braces

My customers often ask, “Can I still whiten my teeth?” The answer is a reassuring yes. While braces can make traditional whitening methods a bit tricky, there are safe and effective alternatives.

For instance, using whitening toothpaste specifically designed for braces can be a great start. It’s also about the little habits – like avoiding foods and drinks that cause staining.

Shine Through Braces: Oral Hygiene Tips for Brighter Smiles

I always remind my clients that the key is consistency in oral hygiene. Regular brushing and flossing, along with the occasional use of a gentle whitening agent, can make a significant difference.

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Up to 12 Shades Whiter with TeethWhite

Wellaholic offers TeethWhite™, a premium teeth-whitening treatment in Singapore, using industrial-grade lamps, which can help whiten your teeth by up to 12 shades with immediate visible results. The primary ingredient in teeth whitening gel is generally

Hydrogen peroxide or a close derivative called Carbamide peroxide.  The molecules will become active when exposed to your teeth and with strong LED light, thereby helping to whiten your teeth thoroughly. You can see immediate whitening results right after the treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q1: Is teeth whitening suitable for everyone?

A1: Based on my interactions with clients and industry insights, teeth whitening isn’t suitable for every individual. People with sensitive teeth, gum disease, or worn enamel should be cautious. It’s important to consult a dentist before starting any whitening treatment, especially for those with dental issues.

Q2: How long do the results of teeth whitening last?

A2: In my experience, the duration of teeth whitening results varies significantly among individuals. Factors like diet, oral hygiene, and lifestyle choices (like smoking) play a role. Typically, results can last from a few months up to three years, but it’s not permanent and may require maintenance sessions.

Q3: Can teeth whitening damage enamel?

A3: From what I’ve gathered through industry research and expert opinions, teeth whitening products, if used correctly, do not cause permanent damage to the enamel. However, overuse or misuse can lead to enamel erosion. It’s crucial to follow the product guidelines and dentist’s advice.

Q4: Are over-the-counter teeth whitening products as effective as professional treatments?

A4: Over-the-counter products generally have lower concentrations of bleaching agents compared to professional treatments. While they can be effective for minor discoloration, professional treatments usually offer more significant and faster results, as I’ve seen with many clients.

Q5: Can teeth whitening cause sensitivity?

A5: Yes, some individuals may experience temporary teeth sensitivity following a whitening treatment. This is usually transient and subsides. I advise clients to use toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth and to avoid very hot or cold foods for a few days post-treatment.

Q6: Is teeth whitening safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women?

A6: The safety of teeth whitening during pregnancy or breastfeeding isn’t well established. Therefore, I generally recommend postponing teeth whitening procedures until after pregnancy and breastfeeding, as a precautionary measure based on current industry standards and research.

With over 8 years of experience in the aesthetics industry, I am passionate about enhancing beauty and wellness through innovative, science-based approaches. As the Aesthetic Director at Wellaholic, I am committed to delivering exceptional services that are tailored to each client's unique needs. My expertise spans across advanced skincare treatments, body sculpting, hair removal services, and nutritional supplements, all aimed at helping clients achieve their personal best.

Serene Chiam, Aesthetic Director

Serene Chiam is the Aesthetic Director at Wellaholic, a well-known aesthetic chain in Singapore. She has more than ten years of experience in the aesthetics industry. With a Bachelor of Health Science (Aesthetics) and CIDESCO certifications, she expertly combines scientific knowledge with practical skills. Serene is known for her personalized approach to beauty, ensuring each Wellaholic client’s journey is unique and transformative. Her significant contributions have been pivotal in establishing Wellaholic’s reputation for excellence in aesthetic wellness.

Contact Serene at support@wellaholic.com

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