7 Things Dentists Wish You Knew About Teeth Whitening
Table of Contents
- 1 TL:DR Summary
- 2 Introduction: 7 Things Dentists Wish You Knew About Teeth Whitening
- 3 Tip #1: Get an Examination First by a Dentist
- 4 Tip #2: Watch What Passes Through Your Lips
- 5 Table: Common Factors Contributing to Teeth Stains
- 6 Tip #3: You May Need More Than One Treatment to See The Best Results
- 7 Tip #4: There Is A Limit to What Toothpastes Can Do
- 8 Tip #5: Fake Teeth May Not Whiten
- 9 Tip #6: Not All Teeth Stains Are Easy to Remove
- 10 Navigating Realistic Expectations for Intrinsic Stain Removal
- 11 Tip #7: You Can Whiten Teeth Even If You Have Braces
- 12 Up to 12 Shades Whiter with TeethWhite
- 13 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- 14 Book Now Pay Later
- 15 TeethWhite™ Teeth Whitening – Get Up to 12 Shades Whiter
- 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.
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.
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. Teeth whitening is more than just a cosmetic procedure; it’s a journey that involves understanding the science behind it, the potential risks, and the realistic outcomes. So, whether you’re considering professional treatment or a DIY approach, stay tuned for an insightful exploration into the world of teeth whitening, backed by professional insights and practical advice.
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.
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.
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:
|Food and Drinks||Certain food and drinks, such as coffee, tea, red wine, and dark-colored fruits and vegetables, contain pigments that can stain teeth.|
|Tobacco||Both smoking and chewing tobacco can lead to yellow or brown stains on teeth.|
|Age||As we age, the outer layer of tooth enamel can wear away, revealing the yellowish dentin underneath.|
|Medications||Certain medications, such as tetracycline and doxycycline, can cause teeth stains when given to children whose teeth are still developing.|
|Trauma||Trauma to a tooth can cause it to change color, and it may be difficult to remove these stains.|
|Genetics||Some people may have naturally thinner or more translucent tooth enamel, which can make their teeth appear more yellow or gray.|
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.
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.
This isn’t just a sales pitch; it’s a reality backed by science and my own experience. Each treatment builds upon the last, allowing your body to respond and adapt. It’s a process, much like exercising or learning a new skill. You wouldn’t expect to master yoga or see significant muscle growth in a single session, right? The same principle applies here.
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.
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.
Professional treatments, often guided by dental experts, are usually necessary for more noticeable changes. It’s about setting realistic expectations and understanding that while daily oral care is crucial, some aesthetic goals require more specialized approaches.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Remember, braces aren’t a barrier to a brighter smile; they’re just a temporary step towards achieving that perfect smile you’re looking for.
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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?
Q2: How long do the results of teeth whitening last?
Q3: Can teeth whitening damage enamel?
Q4: Are over-the-counter teeth whitening products as effective as professional treatments?
Q5: Can teeth whitening cause sensitivity?
Q6: Is teeth whitening safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women?
Serene Chiam, Aesthetic Director
Serene Chiam, the Aesthetic Director at Wellaholic, an acclaimed Aesthetic Chain in Singapore, brings over a decade of expertise 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.
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