It is no secret that people want a brighter, whiter smile. With an abundance of whitening products and treatments on the market, you may be wondering where to look first. At The White Bite, we have compared professional whitening vs DIY whitening for you.
Unfortunately, there are several documented risks to using some DIY whitening products, with side effects including:
- Irritated gums, lips or mouth
- Loss of tooth enamel
- Gum recession
- Uneven discolouration of gums or teeth
- Increased tooth sensitivity
For those that want a quick fix and a whiter smile, it can be tempting to try DIY treatments, many of which aren’t approved – or in fact safe. We advise caution with many of these products, as these cheaper alternatives could end up costing you a lot more in the end.
Regular bleaching of your teeth can have counter-productive effects, stripping away lighter enamel and causing a blotchy appearance on your teeth. This is because behind our enamel, darker dentin is underneath the surface. Worn enamel also makes teeth more brittle, leaving them susceptible to cracking or chipping. It should also be noted that worn enamel highly increases tooth sensitivity.
At The White Bite, we want to give you the safest and best treatment possible. We recommend getting in touch if you are considering teeth whitening – to avoid the dangers of DIY treatments and steer clear of any unwanted side effects.
Why do our teeth become discoloured?
There are two types of tooth discolouration – extrinsic and intrinsic.
Extrinsic discolouration results in stains on your teeth caused by beverages, foods and smoking products. Coffee, tea and red wine cause some of the more stubborn stains on teeth and can often be removed with an effective whitening treatment.
Intrinsic discolouration is essentially from within the tooth. Medication use, childhood illness, tooth trauma, infection or general ageing can lead to it. We can remove this type of discolouration through professional bleaching, which uses the strongest whitening methods available.
Teeth Whitening at The White Bite
At The White Bite, we have all your teeth whitening needs covered. We use Phillips Zoom In-Chair teeth whitening for maximum results! Phillips Zoom In-Chair teeth whitening can be performed in a single 60-75 minute session at our practice at Emerald Lakes. Check out our patients’ whitening before and afters in our cases.
Zoom whitening involves painting high-concentrate bleach on the teeth, followed by a blue UV light procedure to further whiten your smile – delivering maximum results. The bleaching process occurs through the release of oxygen from the hydrogen peroxide to bleach the discoloured or stained surfaces. Your dentist will protect your gums, lips, cheeks and tongue with specialised rubber and gauze seals to prevent burning.
The advantage of professional laser whitening may outweighs the risks of some DIY treatments. The White Bite’s Phillips Zoom In-Chair teeth whitening is beneficial because it works almost immediately. This treatment is also popular for those who don’t want to maintain a whitening treatment daily and prefer instant results.
Phillips Zoom In-Chair teeth whitening is also recommended if you suffer from receding gums or abfraction lesions. In-chair whitening is separated by 15 minutes cycles. Depending on the sensitivity of your teeth and the result that you would like to achieve, the number of cycles can vary between two-to-four cycles. three cycles are considered the most effective and most-used option.
While the gel and light are working their magic, you can listen to music or watch TV.
If your tooth has darkened due to a trauma or after a root canal, teeth whitening of the enamel won’t change the colour of the tooth as the problem is deeper down in the dentin. You may need to consider internal (inside the tooth) bleaching or covering the tooth with a crown or veneer.
The White Bite also offers professional at-home bleaching kits or internal bleaching treatments, which are safe to use as directed by our friendly team. One of our dentists can make a custom-fit tray specifically designed for your mouth. In addition, we will supply you with a bleaching gel for your trays that you can wear during the day or at night for a minimum of two weeks to whiten your teeth.
Start your smile journey today
For more information, our friendly team can answer any questions you may have. We offer a range of cosmetic and restorative dental services and our practice is conveniently located in Carrara. Best of all, we offer a free online consultation and a personalised approach to best help you.