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How Does Teeth Whitening Work? Our Smiles First Dental Team Explains

How Does Teeth Whitening Work? Our Smiles First Dental Team Explains

how does teeth whitening work northmead

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular ways for people to make cosmetic enhancements to their smiles. It can also be one of the most overwhelming treatments to undertake as there are so many dentist-led and over the counter style treatments available. So how does teeth whitening work, and which of the many whitening treatments available is right for you? 

 

How does teeth whitening work? Understanding the options for whitening treatments 

Teeth whitening treatments can help restore the colour and appearance of teeth. Whitening treatments will be most effective on healthy teeth, so before commencing any in-chair or at-home teeth whitening, it is strongly recommended that you have a check-up with your dentist.

 

 


If you choose to get teeth whitening with a dentist, you will likely be offered one of the following treatments:

  • Take-Home Professional Whitening Kit: The dentist will provide custom plastic trays and supply a strong and effective bleaching formula that will gradually whiten the teeth over about two weeks. You may be directed to use the trays at intervals throughout the day or overnight. 
  • In-Chair Laser Teeth Whitening: This is also known as “one-hour teeth whitening” because you’ll only be with the dentist for about 60 minutes, but the results will wow you. The dentist will use a peroxide-based gel that may brighten your teeth by up to 8 shades whiter. Results are generally visible straight away. 

Over the counter whitening treatments are not generally recommended by dentists. Some can do more harm than good to your teeth if misused, and others won’t cause damage but don’t usually contain sufficient hydrogen peroxide to make any difference. Results, if any, can take months and will usually only be a shade or two lighter than when you started.

 

How does teeth whitening work? What’s In the whitening treatments

According to the US National Library’s National Institutes of Health, hydrogen peroxide is the most common active ingredient found in teeth whitening treatments. Dentists can provide treatments with a much higher concentration than anything sold over the counter.

Possible side effects of some whitening treatments include increased tooth sensitivity and minor irritation. While this can still happen with in-chair or at-home whitening treatments administered by your dentist, there is less risk of complications or side effects when you’re under the care of an oral health professional.

 

How do teeth become discoloured? 

teeth whitening treatment procedure northmeadMost of us know the common causes of discolouration that require us to explore teeth whitening options—ageing, smoking, coffee, tea, red wine and some medications. 

Part of the reason ageing is to blame is that tooth enamel wears down as we get older. We can also cause this to happen prematurely through a poor diet – for example, fizzy drinks of any colour can erode enamel, and sugar are also common culprits.

But did you know that there are some other ways we might be making our teeth appear more yellow? White wine, curries and even balsamic vinegar can impact our smiles’ appearance.

This is why it’s important to discuss your teeth whitening plans with your dentist, even if you want to try a different treatment to the ones they offer in their surgery. Keeping your teeth healthy with regular check-ups won’t just help keep them whiter. It will ensure that any whitening treatments you use achieve the expected results. 

 

How Does Teeth Whitening Work? Find Out From Us 

The best way to get information is from your dentist, so book your next check-up now. Our friendly Smiles First Dental team are always happy to help answer questions and provide obligation-free guidance about options for things like teeth whitening and other cosmetic procedures

Call us on (02) 9000 1138 today.

 

 

 

References

NCBI – Tooth Whitening: What We Know Now
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4058574/#:~:text=Whitening%20chemistry&text=The%20active%20ingredient%20in%20most,water%20to%20release%20hydrogen%20peroxide#

WebMD – Tooth Discolouration
https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/tooth-discoloration

Colgate – Causes of Yellow Teeth & How To Avoid Them
https://www.colgate.com.au/oral-health/adult-oral-care/ten-causes-of-yellow-teeth-and-how-to-avoid-them 

Web MD –  Tooth Enamel Erosion and Restoration
https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/tooth-enamel-erosion-restoration#:~:text=Tooth%20erosion%20happens%20when%20acids,can%20eat%20away%20at%20enamel.

Is Teeth Whitening Safe? All You Need to Know

Is Teeth Whitening Safe? All You Need to Know

    Who doesn’t long for a whiter healthy-looking smile? It seems that everywhere we look there are celebrities and TV personalities sporting gleaming white smiles which can lead to feelings of insecurity when our teeth are discoloured or stained. If you long for a brighter smile, you may be wondering “is teeth whitening safe?”… Continue Reading

Show Your Teeth Some Loving Care this Valentine’s Day

Show Your Teeth Some Loving Care this Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, Show Your Teeth Some Loving Care As we are all getting settled into the New Year, Valentine’s Day is once again around the corner. Candy, cards, and teddy bears are littering grocery stores and shop windows. And this Valentine’s Day it’s not just your loved ones that you should be thinking about.

Spend a little time this February showing your teeth some love and it will come back to you. Valentine’s Day is all about kisses and candy, and both kisses and candy are all about your mouth!

And on Valentine’s Day, by improving your dental health and shining smile, you could have a more kissable mouth, with teeth in better condition. So, we here at Smiles First Dental, are happy to offer you these words of advice as Valentine’s Day arrives!

The Advantages of In-Office Teeth Whitening

Do you look in the mirror and see darker stained teeth when you smile? Well you’re not alone. Unfortunately the passage of time and our love of coffee, tea, and red wine means that as we get older our teeth become less white, less dazzling, and less attractive. But the good news is that this can often be reversed. Continue Reading

Which Teeth Whitening Option is best for you?

Which Teeth Whitening Option is best for youDifferent teeth whitening products seem to overwhelm consumers nowadays. From whitening toothpastes to tray-based whiteners, everyone can simply whiten their teeth at home by buying these products from stores or online.

As the advancements in cosmetic dentistry continue, so does teeth whitening. They have evolved so much, allowing you to choose from a wide range of options and products that are available to you.

So, which type of teeth whitening products should you use? Before making any decision, you need to understand that certain treatments may not be suitable for your needs and preferences.

Facts to Consider with Teeth Whitening

Stain Removal or Bleaching – there’s a difference between achieving a bright white smile and wanting to get rid of discoloured stains. Which of the two are you trying to attain? If you simply want a bright smile, a good quality take-home kit or laser whitening will do. If you have localised tooth stains, you may need to choose from the more expensive options since ordinary tooth whitening will be unable to remove individual stains. Continue Reading

The Kind of Toothpaste your Teeth Needs

The Kind of Toothpaste your Teeth NeedsToothpastes are innovative and handy solutions created to enhance the oral health of many people. Without them, brushing of teeth might be less exciting and efficient.

Nowadays, there are different kinds of toothpastes available at leading drugstores and supermarkets. Your only job is to pick the one you are most comfortable with or the one that satisfy the needs of your teeth.

Toothpaste Variations

There are four common types of toothpaste you can usually see at the bay of grocery stands and on advertisements. These are:

Continue Reading

3 Different Types Of Tooth Discolouration

Every day, your teeth are exposed to factors that gradually take away their natural radiance.

3 Different Types Of Tooth DiscolourationOver time, your teeth get stained and become yellowish. This can have huge negative implications on the beauty of your smile.

In turn, this will decrease your self-esteem as you will always be anxious and ashamed of the appearance of your teeth. These are serious consequences which would make things more difficult for you.

If you do not want to lose the brilliance of your smile, then it is essential for you to know more about the different kinds of factors that eventually lead to tooth discolouration. Doing so will equip you with the right knowledge so that you can protect your precious teeth from those unpleasant stains.

Here are some details on the 3 different types of Tooth Discolouration so that you can effectively prevent them from taking away your bright, pearly white teeth.

Continue Reading

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Category Archives: Teeth Whitening Northmead

How Does Teeth Whitening Work? Our Smiles First Dental Team Explains

How Does Teeth Whitening Work? Our Smiles First Dental Team Explains

how does teeth whitening work northmead

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular ways for people to make cosmetic enhancements to their smiles. It can also be one of the most overwhelming treatments to undertake as there are so many dentist-led and over the counter style treatments available. So how does teeth whitening work, and which of the many whitening treatments available is right for you? 

 

How does teeth whitening work? Understanding the options for whitening treatments 

Teeth whitening treatments can help restore the colour and appearance of teeth. Whitening treatments will be most effective on healthy teeth, so before commencing any in-chair or at-home teeth whitening, it is strongly recommended that you have a check-up with your dentist.

 

 


If you choose to get teeth whitening with a dentist, you will likely be offered one of the following treatments:

  • Take-Home Professional Whitening Kit: The dentist will provide custom plastic trays and supply a strong and effective bleaching formula that will gradually whiten the teeth over about two weeks. You may be directed to use the trays at intervals throughout the day or overnight. 
  • In-Chair Laser Teeth Whitening: This is also known as “one-hour teeth whitening” because you’ll only be with the dentist for about 60 minutes, but the results will wow you. The dentist will use a peroxide-based gel that may brighten your teeth by up to 8 shades whiter. Results are generally visible straight away. 

Over the counter whitening treatments are not generally recommended by dentists. Some can do more harm than good to your teeth if misused, and others won’t cause damage but don’t usually contain sufficient hydrogen peroxide to make any difference. Results, if any, can take months and will usually only be a shade or two lighter than when you started.

 

How does teeth whitening work? What’s In the whitening treatments

According to the US National Library’s National Institutes of Health, hydrogen peroxide is the most common active ingredient found in teeth whitening treatments. Dentists can provide treatments with a much higher concentration than anything sold over the counter.

Possible side effects of some whitening treatments include increased tooth sensitivity and minor irritation. While this can still happen with in-chair or at-home whitening treatments administered by your dentist, there is less risk of complications or side effects when you’re under the care of an oral health professional.

 

How do teeth become discoloured? 

teeth whitening treatment procedure northmeadMost of us know the common causes of discolouration that require us to explore teeth whitening options—ageing, smoking, coffee, tea, red wine and some medications. 

Part of the reason ageing is to blame is that tooth enamel wears down as we get older. We can also cause this to happen prematurely through a poor diet – for example, fizzy drinks of any colour can erode enamel, and sugar are also common culprits.

But did you know that there are some other ways we might be making our teeth appear more yellow? White wine, curries and even balsamic vinegar can impact our smiles’ appearance.

This is why it’s important to discuss your teeth whitening plans with your dentist, even if you want to try a different treatment to the ones they offer in their surgery. Keeping your teeth healthy with regular check-ups won’t just help keep them whiter. It will ensure that any whitening treatments you use achieve the expected results. 

 

How Does Teeth Whitening Work? Find Out From Us 

The best way to get information is from your dentist, so book your next check-up now. Our friendly Smiles First Dental team are always happy to help answer questions and provide obligation-free guidance about options for things like teeth whitening and other cosmetic procedures

Call us on (02) 9000 1138 today.

 

 

 

References

NCBI – Tooth Whitening: What We Know Now
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4058574/#:~:text=Whitening%20chemistry&text=The%20active%20ingredient%20in%20most,water%20to%20release%20hydrogen%20peroxide#

WebMD – Tooth Discolouration
https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/tooth-discoloration

Colgate – Causes of Yellow Teeth & How To Avoid Them
https://www.colgate.com.au/oral-health/adult-oral-care/ten-causes-of-yellow-teeth-and-how-to-avoid-them 

Web MD –  Tooth Enamel Erosion and Restoration
https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/tooth-enamel-erosion-restoration#:~:text=Tooth%20erosion%20happens%20when%20acids,can%20eat%20away%20at%20enamel.

Is Teeth Whitening Safe? All You Need to Know

Is Teeth Whitening Safe? All You Need to Know

    Who doesn’t long for a whiter healthy-looking smile? It seems that everywhere we look there are celebrities and TV personalities sporting gleaming white smiles which can lead to feelings of insecurity when our teeth are discoloured or stained. If you long for a brighter smile, you may be wondering “is teeth whitening safe?”… Continue Reading

Show Your Teeth Some Loving Care this Valentine’s Day

Show Your Teeth Some Loving Care this Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, Show Your Teeth Some Loving Care As we are all getting settled into the New Year, Valentine’s Day is once again around the corner. Candy, cards, and teddy bears are littering grocery stores and shop windows. And this Valentine’s Day it’s not just your loved ones that you should be thinking about.

Spend a little time this February showing your teeth some love and it will come back to you. Valentine’s Day is all about kisses and candy, and both kisses and candy are all about your mouth!

And on Valentine’s Day, by improving your dental health and shining smile, you could have a more kissable mouth, with teeth in better condition. So, we here at Smiles First Dental, are happy to offer you these words of advice as Valentine’s Day arrives!

The Advantages of In-Office Teeth Whitening

Do you look in the mirror and see darker stained teeth when you smile? Well you’re not alone. Unfortunately the passage of time and our love of coffee, tea, and red wine means that as we get older our teeth become less white, less dazzling, and less attractive. But the good news is that this can often be reversed. Continue Reading

Which Teeth Whitening Option is best for you?

Which Teeth Whitening Option is best for youDifferent teeth whitening products seem to overwhelm consumers nowadays. From whitening toothpastes to tray-based whiteners, everyone can simply whiten their teeth at home by buying these products from stores or online.

As the advancements in cosmetic dentistry continue, so does teeth whitening. They have evolved so much, allowing you to choose from a wide range of options and products that are available to you.

So, which type of teeth whitening products should you use? Before making any decision, you need to understand that certain treatments may not be suitable for your needs and preferences.

Facts to Consider with Teeth Whitening

Stain Removal or Bleaching – there’s a difference between achieving a bright white smile and wanting to get rid of discoloured stains. Which of the two are you trying to attain? If you simply want a bright smile, a good quality take-home kit or laser whitening will do. If you have localised tooth stains, you may need to choose from the more expensive options since ordinary tooth whitening will be unable to remove individual stains. Continue Reading

The Kind of Toothpaste your Teeth Needs

The Kind of Toothpaste your Teeth NeedsToothpastes are innovative and handy solutions created to enhance the oral health of many people. Without them, brushing of teeth might be less exciting and efficient.

Nowadays, there are different kinds of toothpastes available at leading drugstores and supermarkets. Your only job is to pick the one you are most comfortable with or the one that satisfy the needs of your teeth.

Toothpaste Variations

There are four common types of toothpaste you can usually see at the bay of grocery stands and on advertisements. These are:

Continue Reading

3 Different Types Of Tooth Discolouration

Every day, your teeth are exposed to factors that gradually take away their natural radiance.

3 Different Types Of Tooth DiscolourationOver time, your teeth get stained and become yellowish. This can have huge negative implications on the beauty of your smile.

In turn, this will decrease your self-esteem as you will always be anxious and ashamed of the appearance of your teeth. These are serious consequences which would make things more difficult for you.

If you do not want to lose the brilliance of your smile, then it is essential for you to know more about the different kinds of factors that eventually lead to tooth discolouration. Doing so will equip you with the right knowledge so that you can protect your precious teeth from those unpleasant stains.

Here are some details on the 3 different types of Tooth Discolouration so that you can effectively prevent them from taking away your bright, pearly white teeth.

Continue Reading

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