Most of us are blessed with a bright white smile, but over time it is common for our teeth to lose their brightness and shine, becoming dull and discoloured. There are many reasons behind this change, such as inadequate oral hygiene, irregular dental visits, diet – high consumption of coffee, tea and certain foods, lifestyle factors such as smoking and lastly wear due to aging. Regardless of the cause, having discoloured teeth can really affect one’s confidence and in the image conscious era that we now live in, it is no surprise that Teeth Whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in dentistry today.
The Many Different Options for a Brighter Smile
There are many options now available for whitening teeth, from over-the-counter products to professional teeth whitening at dental clinics in Geelong. The primary the most common whitening agents used are hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, with the differences being in the concentration of the product, how it us used and the cost.
Below are some of the most common options available over the counter and at Dentists & Doctors.
1. Teeth Whitening Toothpastes
Regarded as the easiest and most accessible teeth whitening option, teeth whitening toothpastes contain mild abrasives that manually remove light surface stains on teeth. Some of these toothpastes also have special polishing agents that are intended to leave teeth looking brighter.
As simple as this option is, it can be effective only for very mild stains. They do not whiten/bleach your teeth and start showing results only with regular usage. If you are looking for a dramatic transformation or have sensitive teeth, this option is not recommended for you.
2. Teeth Whitening Strips
You may find these available at your local supermarket or pharmacist. They are an affordable, convenient, and on-the-go alternative for teeth whitening. Being flexible, they can easily sit over the upper and lower rows of your teeth. Depending upon the strength of the whitening agent in the strip, it could take a few days or a week to show results.
Whitening strips are affordable and work well for mild to moderate stains. However, the results are mild and vary significantly. As being an over-the-counter product, the concentration of the whitening agent is very low.
3. Professional (In-Office) Teeth Whitening
Professional in-chair whitening is by far one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments at Dentists & Doctors in Geelong. One of our dental clinicians will apply a high concentration of hydrogen peroxide on your teeth whilst you are seated in the dental chair. The entire process takes about 45-60 minutes, and is a relatively easy procedure, with gums, lips and areas of recession protected before you start treatment.
It is highly recommended to have a professional dental exam and clean completed prior to your in chair teeth whitening session to achieve the best results.
By far the safest and most efficient method for teeth whitening available in Geelong today. The best part with professional in-chair teeth whitening is the immediate and noticeable results achieved in just one sitting!
4. Custom Take-Home Whitening Trays
An option which can be used on its own or in conjunction with a professional in-chair teeth whitening session. A convenient and effective method of teeth whitening with different options with regards to the concentration of the whitening product and type of whitening agent used – this is particularly useful for individuals with sensitive teeth. As they are customized to the patient, both the fit and the results are better than those available in generic whitening trays.
This option combines convenience with expert supervision – almost like having the best of both worlds. While it may not be as quick in chair professional teeth whitening, it makes up for that with the sheer convenience, affordability, and effectiveness.
Dentists & Doctors Geelong are pleased to offer a wide variety of options for teeth whitening. Even though this is a simple procedure, we recommend that you consult your dentist prior to undergoing any cosmetic procedure to achieve the desired results in a safe manner.
*Note: Results may vary for all teeth whitening options discussed. All treatments carry risks and benefits. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriate qualified health practitioner*
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