Teeth Whitening in Ashgrove
The year is 2018 in the month of December, and … its Christmas time. The “Silly Season”, where the Christmas tree is up, the lights are flashing, and the social events are taking over your weekends!
I’m finding myself at Christmas dinners, lunches and parties. One I’ve been too was called Lit’mas… if you know what that means. XD
Either way, parties and functions inevitably always mean photos and LOTS of selfies.
Now, I have friends who post regularly on Facebook and Instagram. The photos they post, they’ve told me… are from at least 20 others they took.
That photo was the one that had “their” angle, the one that had the best lighting, the one that showed their smile PERFECTLY. That perfect smile that had teeth whitening in Ashgrove Dental.
“Smile. It tells people ‘I like you’, ‘You make me happy’.”
Does Whitening work?
The short answer – Yes. We might not have a white Christmas in Australia, but we can give your teeth the chance to be white.
Clinically from our experience, we find around 6 Shades lighter after the whitening treatment. And to show you how that looks, below is a picture of
What is Teeth Whitening or Teeth Bleaching?
Teeth Whitening is a cosmetic procedure that allows our teeth to become whiter. We place whitening gel over the front part of the teeth. And there is a chemical reaction between the gel and the tooth which results in whiter teeth.
There are two types of whitening procedures, the in-office (such as Zoom Whitening) or take-home whitening.
At Ashgrove Dental, we only offer the take-home whitening to our patients at this stage, because we’re finding in the past, the in-office whitening treatments have caused a lot of sensitivity. And we don’t want you to have to experience that.
We are searching for one that doesn’t cause too much sensitivity though.
How does whitening work? – The Science Behind the Whitening.
Teeth Whitening is a procedure that removes discolouration by physically removing or chemically removing a stain. Stains happen because of our lifestyle choices, whether we’re starting our day with a delicious morning coffee or have a glass of red to wind down at the end of our day.
Other things that can cause staining and discolouration to our teeth are dark coloured fruits, red vinegar, soy sauce, curry powders like turmeric, vegetable like beetroot, dark drinks like cola and tobacco products (but we trust that you guys aren’t using these products).
The gel that we place on the tooth contains an active ingredient called Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) or Carbamide Peroxide, which is a bigger molecule that breaks down into hydrogen peroxide.
Hydrogen peroxide chemically reacts with these stained molecules, breaking bonds that hold these molecules together, resulting in aesthetically lighter & whiter teeth.
Below is a photo of a patient of ours who had her teeth whitened at Ashgrove Dental.
Is Whitening dangerous?
Whitening is not dangerous IF used as per instructed by the manufacturer.
If we use the products according to the instructions, the symptoms that we can sometimes experience is sensitivity and mild gum irritation.
Overuse of whitening can cause tooth erosion, mineral degradation and increased susceptibility to wearing out faster. This can all cause damage to the nerve.
As such, whitening should be done 6 months apart. Anymore frequently, come in to see us before starting another round of treatment.
Getting your teeth whitened works,
Get your teeth white and ready for Christmas, for your wedding or… for the GRAM (Instagram that is).
For the best results, have your teeth cleaned a couple of weeks before you do your whitening treatment.
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