Good dental care habits like flossing, brushing, and gargling with antiseptic mouthwash multiple times daily can help you maintain good oral health—but they cannot whiten your teeth. If you want to achieve brilliant, pearl-white teeth, be sure to schedule professional teeth whitening at Springvale Dental Smiles in Springvale, VIC.
Our dental and orthodontic professionals have the necessary training, skills, and equipment to provide effective, gimmick-free teeth-whitening solutions. We can remove severe stains and yellowing without damaging your gums or tooth enamel.
What are the best ways to maintain white teeth?
Apart from getting professional teeth whitening three to four times annually, you can maintain white, stain-free teeth all year round by:
- Brushing your teeth after every meal
- Using specialised, dentist-approved whitening toothpaste
- Gargling with an oral rinse
- Flossing two to three times daily
- Avoiding foods and drinks that leave teeth stains
- Quitting smoking
- Resolving tooth decay and cavities promptly
You might come across a few DIY teeth-whitening kits online. Most of these are generally safe for home use, but keep in mind that home remedies do not guarantee quality results. In a worst-case scenario, the whitening solution you use might even contain harmful chemicals.
Please consult with our dental and orthodontic professionals before using any at-home teeth-whitening product so you can prevent any adverse or undesirable effects.
How long do the effects of professional teeth whitening last?
The effects of our teeth-whitening solutions vary from patient to patient. For some patients, their teeth may revert after just a few months, while others can stretch the effects for up to a year.
Apart from dental care habits, another crucial factor that affects how long your teeth stay white is your lifestyle. For example, people who smoke and drink wine daily will likely get yellow, stained teeth faster. Similarly, those who enjoy heavily coloured foods like blueberries, tomato dishes, and curry can expect their teeth to dull quickly as well.
What can I expect from your professional teeth whitening services?
First, our dental specialist will perform a complete oral checkup. We want to uncover possible signs of oral complications or illnesses that you might not have noticed before.
Second, we will remove hardened tartar and plaque. Not only do these leave severe stains on your teeth, but they also compromise your overall oral health. Teeth whitening should not solely focus on aesthetics.
Third, our dental specialist will remove the excess saliva in your mouth with a clean gauze before inserting a retractor and applying gel to your teeth. The retractor will keep the whitening gel from touching your gums and the insides of your cheeks.
Fourth, we will expose your gel-coated teeth to a specialised light, which will support the stain-removing effects of our whitening gel.
The entire process should last no longer than an hour.
Does it hurt to get my teeth whitened?
Professional teeth whitening does not hurt. The whitening gel and UV light we use are safe, and minimal exposure to these will not have any adverse effects. Perhaps the worst you might feel is some mild discomfort from having to keep your mouth open for too long. Even this will disappear once you get used to the sensation.
Will teeth-whitening solutions harm my teeth?
Patients who have sensitive gums or weak teeth, to begin with, might have adverse reactions from potent teeth-whitening chemicals. Careless application of these solutions at home might thin out tooth enamel or burn the gums.
For these reasons, you should never use at-home teeth-whitening kits unless a dental or orthodontic specialist has prescribed them. Otherwise, you might compromise your overall oral health.
If you want whiter teeth, schedule a teeth whitening at Springvale Dental Smiles. We have the training and equipment to create safe, effective custom-made solutions for all our patients.
Does professional teeth whitening weaken the teeth?
Licensed dentists have the knowledge to provide safe, professional teeth whitening services. Unlike those who use over-the-counter or at-home kits, our patients do not have to worry about incorrectly applied solutions leading to adverse side effects or oral complications. Our dentists can even create a unique, custom-made solution for you.
Just make sure not to overdo it by having tooth whitenings too frequently. We advise limiting yourself to one teeth-whitening session every three to six months at most. Otherwise, you will run the risk of thinning out your tooth enamel.
If you’re ready to bring back your bright, healthy pearly whites, make an appointment for professional teeth whitening at Springvale Dental Smiles in Springvale, VIC, today. Call us on (03) 9546 1127.