It may fall under the umbrella of cosmetic treatments, but that doesn’t mean teeth whitening is unimportant or unnecessary. At Walloon Dental, we strongly believe that a confident and happy smile goes a long way to achieving a healthy self-esteem. If you feel embarrassed about the appearance of your teeth or find that you’re constantly covering them when in conversation, teeth whitening might be just what you need.
Why might I need teeth whitening?
Our teeth can discolour throughout our life for several reasons. The most likely reasons are:
Consumption of strongly coloured food and drink, such as red wine, coffee and tea, chocolate and berries.
Exposure to some antibiotics at a young age.
General staining and darkening with age and everyday use.
What are the teeth whitening options available?
If you aren’t happy with how your teeth look, the first thing to do is give us a call and book a consultation with one of our friendly dentists. Our dentist will assess your teeth and chat with you about your desired outcomes before formulating a treatment plan that suits you and your budget.
Tooth whitening products contain certain chemicals that attack and break down the bonds that form stains on and in the structure of your teeth. The two chemicals used are hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide. With either product, you are left with a brighter, whiter and more vibrant smile.
You can purchase over-the-counter home teeth whitening products. These contain a less concentrated medicant than that found in what our dentists use in the clinic. The at-home treatments need to be applied several times and take longer to have any effect, and it’s very important that you follow their instructions carefully. If you choose this path, we strongly recommend that you book in with us for a check-up before you go ahead, because the underlying cause of your teeth discolouration needs to be determined and addressed if possible before any whitening can occur.
There is also the option of having professional teeth whitening at the clinic, by one of our lovely dentists. An in-chair teeth whitening treatment takes only one consultation and the results are almost instantaneous.
You should note that teeth whitening has the greatest effect on clean and healthy surfaces, so you should always see a dentist before going ahead with it. Some people experience sensitivity during and/or after the treatment, so if you are concerned about this, please discuss it with your dentist at your appointment.
What if teeth whitening isn’t for me?
Discoloured teeth can’t always be addressed and fixed with teeth whitening products. That’s why it’s very important that you make an appointment with one of our friendly dentists before deciding on it as a course of action. The first step in amending tooth discolouration is determining the cause and, if necessary, addressing it.
The cause of the staining and the shade often determine whether teeth whitening will be effective. Generally, whitening products work best on yellow discolouration, and not so well on greyish surface stains.
If it’s determined that teeth whitening isn’t appropriate for you, that’s no reason to despair; there are other avenues to pursue, such as composite or porcelain veneers. Another reason why it’s wise to make an appointment with one of our knowledgeable dentists so you know what the best treatment will be for your particular case.
About Walloon Dental Surgery
We are your local, affordable and friendly family dental team. At Walloon Dental Surgery we have made a commitment to serve the oral health needs of the local community and our surgeries are equipped with the latest interactive and state of the art dental technologies. Combined with our dental teams’ expertise, we will strive to understand your concerns and to exceed your expectations at every visit. We believe it is this personalized care and attention, combined with great skill, which will provide you with a healthy mouth and a winning smile.
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