Is Teeth Whitening a Safe Choice?
As we grow older our teeth become discoloured due to factors like age, eating and drinking habits, genes and tobacco use, but that doesn’t mean we must resign ourselves to a lifetime of discoloured teeth as modern teeth whitening techniques can restore teeth to their original whiteness.
While these techniques can be very effective, many people worry about safety and what will happen to their dental health by having their teeth whitened. And as there are several options available, like dentist administered teeth whitening treatments and whitening products purchased in a chemist or online, it makes answering the question, ‘Is teeth whitening safe?’, a tricky question to answer.
Why Are Your Teeth Stained?
To make the right choices about the teeth whitening techniques and products you use to restore the whiteness of your teeth and feel more confident about your smile, you need to understand how they become stained in the first place. This includes:
- Incorrect brushing habits that lead to an excessive build-up of tartar
- Drinking dark coloured liquids, especially coffee, red wine and cola
- Smoking cigarettes which contain poisonous tar that stains teeth
- Tooth trauma and grinding of teeth which causes damage
- Excessive exposure to fluoride as a young child
While these are some of the most common reasons for having stained teeth, you can do something about it and minimise further discolouring, like using the right teeth whitening techniques.
Teeth Whitening – Your Options
To make sense of the teeth whitening options available to you, it’s important to familiarise yourself with these options and learn what’s involved and the benefits that each has to offer.
Over-the-Counter and Online Teeth Whitening Products – There are several different varieties of teeth whitening products you can purchase from a chemist or online, most of which feature strips or paint-on applicators. While these are an affordable and easy option, they’re not as effective as other methods and as you’ll need to repeat the application numerous times, the costs involved add up.
Dentist Supplied Teeth Whitening Kits – At Mint St Dental, we can supply you with a take-home kit that you can use at home to whiten your teeth. Our teeth whitening kits are high-quality and safe for use (as long as you follow the instructions), however, you’ll still need to book a consultation with one of our dentists.
Dentist Administered Whitening or Bleaching – We’ll inspect your teeth and recommend either whitening or bleaching to address stains caused by age, wear and tear, eating and drinking habits, smoking, mineral damage and teeth trauma. Whether we use whitening or bleaching techniques in-house, the results are highly effective and immediate.
These are your teeth whitening technique and product options, all of which are safe provided that you follow the instructions on take home and over-the-counter kits and have any teeth whitening or bleaching treatments administered by a qualified dentist. If you have any questions about the teeth whitening and bleaching treatments we provide, please don’t hesitate to contact Mint St Dental.
Why You Should See a Dentist
Naturally, we recommend booking an appointment with one of our dentists so that they can inspect your teeth and recommend the best course of action to take, whether that’s whitening or bleaching. Here are a few reasons why we believe that it’s the safest choice for your dental health:
Gum Health – When our experienced dentists apply bleach or a whitening product to your teeth, you can rest assured that they’re doing it professionally and that the product applied won’t affect your gums. As the higher the bleach concentration the greater the risk of gum irritation, it needs to be applied carefully and with the use of protective equipment to prevent damaging your gums.
Teeth Sensitivity – Tooth sensitivity is a common side-effect of teeth whitening products which is why it’s advisable to consult a dentist before a whitening product is applied. Our dentists check for tooth damage that may cause further sensitivity or discomfort during treatment, perhaps applying a high concentration of fluoride a few days before treatment to reduce teeth sensitivity.
Additionally, by consulting with an experienced dentist, you can discuss any concerns that you may have about teeth whitening with an expert to provide you with complete peace of mind in the safety of our teeth whitening services. With a personalised service and a reputation for delivering great results, if you’re ready to flash the smile you’ve always wanted to, contact Mint St Dental today to schedule an appointment or to speak to a teeth whitening professional for more information.