A million-dollar smile is something we closely associate with confident personalities. Whether it is a perfect set of teeth or a smile as white as snow, we are all drawn to it.
However, the regular intake of coffee, tea, red wine, or cigarettes can threaten the whiteness of your teeth. So many people turn to teeth whitening options.
If you are considering teeth whitening treatment, the obvious question that comes to mind is — how safe is teeth whitening?
Let’s find out more about teeth whitening and the ways to perform it safely.
Traditional teeth whitening
Believe it or not, teeth whitening treatments have been around for many years.
Oil pulling for example has been around since ancient times and this method is still used today. It involves swishing oils like sunflower or sesame around your mouth for approximately 15 to 20 minutes first thing in the morning. This is known to have numerous oral health benefits, such as reducing inflammation and killing bacteria. Oil pulling is safe and is now widely practised using coconut oil instead due to the presence of healthier fats.
As the process is time-consuming, requiring a daily commitment of around 20 minutes, many people prefer more modern and quicker teeth whitening treatments.
A modern take on traditional teeth whitening treatments
Most of the modern teeth whitening products contain baking soda that helps lighten the colour of teeth and is also cost-effective. While the results seem promising, there is a risk factor of harming the gums when brushing too hard. We would always recommend seeking the professional help of a dentist at a local clinic in such cases.
Professional teeth whitening treatments
To answer your question — is teeth whitening safe? Yes, it is! And the safest way is always to use your local dentist. Synergy Dental Group is the preferred option if you are located in and around Parkdale.
Unlike unsupervised home remedies with no scientific backing, professional teeth whitening treatments are much safer. These procedures can either be performed in the clinic, known as in-chair teeth whitening or at home using custom take-home whitening kits.
Performed by dentists using trusted techniques, in-chair teeth whitening is carried out at your local dental clinic and gives almost instant results.
If you’re not confident using the whitening kits at home, in-chair treatments will suit you better.
How does the in-chair whitening treatment work?
In-chair whitening treatments involve the safe application of teeth whitening gels containing hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide as bleaching agents. To intensify the effect of these gels, they are photo-activated by using a special light. The gel penetrates the enamel and breaks down the stain molecules making your teeth whiter and brighter.
How do take-home teeth whitening kits work?
At Synergy, we also offer professional and customised whitening kits for those who wish to whiten their teeth in the comfort of their own homes. You need to make an appointment with your dentist, who will take an impression of your teeth, to create your custom trays.
After a few days, you can collect your custom kit. This will contain the two trays (for the upper and lower sets of teeth), a whitening gel, and a set of safety instructions. You will need to apply the gel in both trays and place it over your teeth for a few hours every day. Within a week or two, your teeth will appear whiter and brighter than before.
Worried about whether these treatments will suit you?
If you are thinking- is teeth whitening safe for my teeth? – Synergy Dental Group offers a free cosmetic consultation to check the suitability of teeth whitening treatments for you!
These treatments are safe when performed under the guidance of trained professionals. That’s why it’s always recommended to visit your local dentist for whitening treatments.
Synergy Dental is currently running an offer where you get a complimentary take-home whitening kit worth $450 once you book in for a New Patient Examination Package.
How long do the results last?
Normally, teeth whitening treatments last for almost a year with a touch-up in between and regular maintenance. However, it all depends on your lifestyle once the treatment is complete.
In many cases, if the stains resulted from smoking or consuming too much tea or coffee, chances are you might need another treatment sooner than expected. Touch-up kits are also helpful in case you need to brush up your whiteness for some special occasions.
If you are all set to step out with a brighter-than-ever smile, you can get in touch with the friendly staff at Synergy Dental Group by calling us on (03) 7003 2185. They will be pleased to explain how teeth whitening is safe and explore the most suitable options for you.