Another lighter, brighter smile using White Wash tooth whitening! Always have your teeth whitened safely by a dental professional! Prior to the treatment this lovely lady had her teeth professionally cleaned as this helps improve gum health and allow best results! Photo consent obtained to post.
There are many products that you can buy online or over the counter, that have big claims for whitening your teeth. Those with special lights, fancy packaging, toothpastes and powders. The only potential thing that they will do is remove tooth surface stains from your teeth and contain no active ingredient that is going to change the shade of your teeth. If anything, they are potentially abrasive and could cause damage to your enamel. Citric acid being a main ingredient. In the UK, a Dentist or Dental Therapist/Hygienist, by law, can only carry out teeth whitening treatments with prescription only whitening gels. The way it works is far more complex than bleaching the surface of your enamel. In a nutshell, the use of carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide, penetrates your enamel to get to discoloured molecules. Oxygen molecules from the whitening agents react with the discoloured molecules in your teeth, breaking the bonds that hold them together = whiter, lighter teeth! Always have your teeth whitened by a professional, safely!
It is recommended to be over the age of 18. The ideal candidate for whitening is someone that is dentally fit, meaning no active decay or cavities and have healthy gums free from calculus (hard plaque). Gum disease and improving the health of your mouth can be discussed and managed at a hygienist appointment. Nobody wants lovely white teeth with bleeding gums! If you have any crowns or fillings be aware that these will not whiten and will need to be replaced to match the lighter shade of your teeth if they are in your smile line and it is a concern to you. Whitening can cause temporary sensitivity and any areas of recession will not whiten.
This blog post was created by Kezia Harris.