The Ins & Outs of Take-Home Teeth Whitening

Teeth whiteningis the roadmap to attaining a brighter and more confident smile. If you are considering the take-home teeth whitening, allow us to enlighten you on some facts to consider before you commence your teeth-whitening journey.

Believe it or not, Your teeth have pores, just like your skin. This means your teeth absorb whatever touches the surface. Whether it be a glass of red wine, or a hot espresso in the morning, dark colours penetrate through the pores causing the natural colour of your teeth to become inevitably darker or stained.

Does Teeth Whitening Damage My Teeth?

Many pose the question, does teeth whitening damage my teeth? Similarly to poor oral health practices or aggressive teeth brushing, mistreatment of any kind can be detrimental. However, if used as instructed by your qualified dental practitioner, high quality and professional take-home teeth whitening is a safe practice for your soon-to-be pearly whites. This form of whitening process uses tried-and-tested active ingredients that temporarily open your pores and eradicate the stains, as well as remineralise and rehydrate your teeth.

Is Sensitivity Normal?

Studies have indicated that 52 per cent of Australians who attended general dental practices in 2021 have sensitive teeth. For the most part, this is caused by genetics, enamel or cracked teeth. During the teeth whitening process, it is completely normal to experience sensitivity. Your teeth become temporarily dehydrated which reduces their ability to insulate the nerve from changes in temperature. Typically speaking, sensitivity will disappear 12-36 hours after a whitening session. Your dental practitioner should recommend a post-whitening fluoride treatment to nourish the teeth and encourage rehydration. What can we say, pain is beauty!

Custom is Key

The key to effective take-home teeth whitening is all in the delivery, meaning your custom-fitted whitening tray created by your dental practitioner. This is used to hold the whitening product on the tooth ensuring every angle of every tooth is sufficiently covered. This applies whether your teeth are in fact straight or crooked. Unlike whitening strips or boil and bite trays, a custom tray ensures consistency along your whitening journey. Who doesn’t love consistency in their life?

When is the Best Time to Whiten My Teeth?

After every whitening session comes the risk of re-staining. This is due to your pores being open and more susceptible to absorption. Coolangatta Dental Group recommends whitening before bedtime as it minimises the opportunity for staining to occur and gives your teeth a decent amount of time to renourish and replenish.

Are you considering a smile makeover? There’s no time like the present. With clinics located in Ballina, Coolangatta and Runaway Bay, Coolangatta Dental Group have you covered. Literally!

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