So many patients are searching for tips on ‘how to make your teeth white’ naturally, trying a lot of home methods and over-the-counter products for a brighter smile. At Randwick Smiles, we ensure our patients have access to the most reputable whitening treatments on the market with Opalescence and pola day treatments. Let’s take a closer look at how to make your teeth whiter with a professional treatment.
Why You Shouldn’t Bother With Over-The-Counter Whitening
Whitening strips and simple bleaching gels are sold as complete whitening kits for patients to use at home, and there are plenty of brands on the market. In order for a whitening product to be effective it needs to penetrate your tooth enamel to get to the stains – because the stains are present inside the tooth, not on the surface.
Only whitening gels administered or distributed by your dentist will be strong enough to effectively whiten your teeth. And this is because they still need to be used under the guidance of your dentist. Other home remedies like baking soda, charcoal, coconut oil might be natural methods but it’s not possible for them to penetrate your tooth enamel – and some of them are abrasive to your mouth.
Whitening toothpaste and strips might make a little bit of a difference if you have surface stains, but beyond that you are likely to be disappointed with your results. Your dentist will show you Opalescence and pola day and how to make your teeth healthy and white by using products that protect as they make your teeth whiter.
Our dentists will evaluate the condition of your teeth and soft tissue and address any cavities or decay or receding gums before they will give you the go-ahead for teeth whitening.
How Does Professional Teeth Bleaching Work?
Teeth bleaching gels contain a high level of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide that can penetrate the enamel of your teeth and get to the stained molecules that make your teeth appear yellow or discoloured. The oxygen molecules in the whitening agent dissolve the stains inside your dentin to reveal a whiter smile.
Remember though that bleaching only works on your natural teeth and it will not be able to whiten your restorations, fillings, bridges or veneers. It’s also not recommend for patients with braces.
What About Tooth Sensitivity after the Whitening Procedure?
It is quite normal to experience some degree of tooth sensitivity after a treatment, however Opalescence is fortified with fluoride and potassium nitrate to minimise any tooth sensitivity post-treatment, and protect your tooth enamel.
Professional Teeth Whitening with Opalescence
Opalescence take home trays are designed whiten teeth from the comfort of your own homes. This means you can whiten whenever you have free time and, because you are under the guidance of your dentist, your tooth enamel, gums and soft tissue will be protected.
Pola Day Whitening Treatments
Using the pola shade guide, you and your dentist will identify the shade of white you would like your teeth to be. Based on your desired outcome, your dentist will choose the pola product best suited to your needs.
Pola’s take home whitening treatments range from 10% to 25% hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. The stronger the concentration of bleaching agent, the quicker the product will work and the whiter your results will be.
At Randwick Smiles we are very impressed by the fast results achieved by pola day. In just 30 minutes per day most of our patients can achieve their desired shade quickly.
How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?
The answer to this depends very much on what you expose your teeth to and what your dental hygiene is like. If red wine or tobacco was the primary cause for you needing whitening in the first place and you don’t change these habits, your teeth are likely to discolour much faster than if you avoid these substances.
Your dentist will discuss your lifestyle and dental care needs with you, and will make recommendations on top up treatments so that you can maintain your white smile for as long as possible. One of the biggest advantages of take-home or DIY whitening is that it is under your control and you can top up your treatment when you need to.
If you want to know about ways to whiten your teeth, don’t waste your time with over-the-counter toothpastes, strips or home remedies with baking soda that may do more harm than good.
To find out more about which whitening treatment will best suit your lifestyle please book a pre-whitening consultation with our friendly dental team: (02) 8188 4625.