Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dentistry because white teeth generally gives people the clean and pretty impressions! As the saying goes, ‘A beautiful smile is the best make up one can wear’. Teeth whitening is the most instant, easiest and cheapest cosmetic dentistry to enhance your smile and confidence!
is Professional Dental Chairside Teeth Whitening?
Professional dental teeth whitening uses active whitening ingredient (either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide).
Working from the inside out, the active ingredients in teeth whitening gels penetrate your teeth to break down the discoloured molecules deep down in your teeth, removing stains and whitening your smile.
The whitening process takes about 45 to 60 minutes.
Instant results upon completion of treatment.
Teeth Whitening A Myth?
Tooth whitening is a very effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surfaces. It cannot make a complete colour change but it may lighten the existing shade. Everyone responds differently to whitening treatments and everyone’s teeth will whiten at different rates. Some stains are easier to treat than others. Teeth that are yellow or brown are easier to whiten than teeth that are grey/blue. Younger patients typically whiten more quickly than older patients, but every patient is different.
you start the teeth whitening procedure, keep in mind that your smile looks
most natural when the colour of your teeth matches the whites of your eyes.
Some people want a Hollywood white smile, but that is not a natural colour for
teeth and may look weird on you. In fact, very few people can achieve that
level of whiteness. Generally,
professional teeth whitening treatment changes your natural tooth colour up to
5-7 shades brighter. For people who has grey teeth or other serious discolouration
which teeth whitening alone is not sufficient to satisfy the whitening effect,
porcelain veneers is the other alternative to achieve the smiles they have
always wanted. Nevertheless, always check with your dentist to determine the
perfect option for you.
How Long Will My Teeth Stay
average, the effects of whitening typically last up to 3 years. However, this
will vary from person to person. Few factors that can make teeth lose their
Some Medications (Tetracycline,
effect of teeth whitening stays longer if you avoid engaging in habits or
eating food/drinks that can cause stains such as smoking/vaping, drinking
coffee/tea etc. Fortunately, home-use touch-up whitening products are available
for a quick and easy treatment to help bring the bright smile back
whitening is generally safe. Teeth sensitivity is the most common side effect.
This symptom is temporary and should disappear as soon as the treatment is
completed or within a few hours to days of the treatment finishing.
overcome the sensitivity, here are our tips for you:
Use a sensitivity toothpaste such as
Chew gum. It is believed that gum chewing
helps to produce more saliva to hydrate the teeth. When the teeth get hydrated,
it becomes less sensitive. You may choose to drink more water! But chewing gum
helps you to stay distracted from the sensitivity sensation.
should I Care For My White Teeth After The Treatment?
the first 24 hours post treatment – Avoid stain-causing foods and
beverages eg coffee, curry, wine, pasta sauce etc. Basically anything that can
stain your white shirt! You may choose to eat egg sandwich, chicken porridge,
chicken rice, clear noodles soup or potato salad.
the first 24 hours – You can resume back to your daily
lifestyle with your whiter teeth! We encourage you to do the following 3 to
help your whiter teeth to last longer.
Brush your teeth after stain-causing foods
If brushing is inconvenient, use a straw to
drink beverages to keep stain-causing dyes away from your teeth.
How Safe Is Teeth Whitening Performed By
Beauticians at Beauty Salons/Kiosks?
In Malaysia and many countries, whitening can only be legally carried out by a dentist. Teeth whitening treatment performed by beauticians are illegal because the active ingredients used for teeth whitening is hazardous and is potentially dangerous in the untrained hands. Moreover, beauty salons/kiosks do not adhere to the same strict standards of infection control protocols dental clinics are regulated upon. Patients may be exposed to many transmissible diseases such as HIV, Hepatitis, Tuberculosis etc if they are exposed to contaminated instruments and tools at these beauty salons.
These regulations are to protect the
public. They make sure that anyone carrying out whitening is properly trained
and has the right skills and knowledge to carry out the procedure without
risking permanent damage to the teeth/gums and the patients’ health.
Who Are Not Suitable for Teeth Whitening?
Patients with many dental crowns, bridges, fillings and veneers as these
materials do not respond to teeth whitening.
Pregnant women, those with gum disease, worn enamel, cavities, and
exposed root should not whiten their teeth.
Talk to your
dentist for a pre-whitening consult so that they can help you choose the
professional option that best fits your needs.