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6 Teeth Whitening Myths Busted!

Teeth Whitening is a quick, inexpensive and easy way to improve the look of your smile, so it’s a wonder that a lot more people aren’t giving it a try. The reason whitening isn’t as popular as it should be is mainly due to the myths associated with it – so we’re going to break down the top 6 myths associated with teeth whitening, and hopefully dispel any apprehension you may have about this awesome treatment!

1. Teeth Whitening makes your teeth sensitive:

A little bit of sensitivity following a whitening is normal, and can be minimized by your clinician and treated quite easily. This is merely temporary and will disappear after a few hours at most. We only use Philips Zoom products which contain peroxide as well as ACP (amorphous calcium phosphate) to remineralise, potassium nitrate to desensitise and sodium fluoride. Some people experience no sensitivity at all, and others a little more. This is also due to the wear and tear on the teeth, and can be made worse by problems such as erosion from diet, hairline cracks or grinding where the enamel has been worn though and the dentine is exposed. Our oral hygienist, Emma King, will block these areas out during the in chair procedure to minimize any chance of sensitivity. Emma also breaks the in chair procedure up into 2 sessions so that its more comfortable for you. You still end up with the same results, it just takes a little longer!

2. Teeth Whitening Damages the Enamel

When the treatment is performed by a dental professional, using the correct materials approved by Dental associations and registered with the Medicine Control Council, there is no risk to your tooth enamel at all. All of the Philips Zoom products are completely stable and don’t need to be refrigerated. They are dual-barelled and have a pH of 8 on application, so if anything they actually help to remineralise the teeth during the whitening process.

3. Whitened Teeth look Unnatural

Teeth whitening is a progressive treatment, so it lightens your teeth by a few shades each time you go. When you do the in chair procedure you will walk out with an amazing result of up to 8 shades whiter but will still need to do about a week of home whitening to ensure the colour holds. The more you can do in combination with your in chair whitening the longer the color lasts and the less often you need to maintain. Results are stunning, but definitely not unnatural. In fact, if you feel that your teeth are getting “too white”, you can stop the treatments. Always bleach for a few days past your desired result, as the colour will dip by a shade or so when you stop the whitening. Each person has a different whitening end point where the teeth stop changing colour. This is also where its important to stop whitening and go onto maintenance of for e.g. 30 minutes wearing the trays per month.

4. Whitened Teeth Stay White

Unfortunately, whitened teeth will continue to stain over time. Tea, coffee, wine and smoking stains teeth whether they have been whitened or not so we recommend cutting down in order to maintain your results. You can also whiten your teeth every few months to refresh and brighten your smile. The amount of maintenance needed depends on the individuals habits and the amount of home whitening that was done initially. The faster you bleach the faster you fall back, which is why there is no such thing as a one off in chair appointment to solve all your whitening problems.

5. Fruit removes stains.

Many people believe that rubbing fruits such as bananas, lemons and strawberries on their teeth will brighten their smiles. The reality is that fruits will do more harm than good, and will cause a number of problems when rubbed on teeth regularly. Fruit acids and sugars will corrode and damage your teeth, making them sensitive and susceptible to cavities.

6. Active Charcoal Whitens Teeth

There is a big difference between whitening products and bleaching products. Whitening products are any products that remove surface stains and give the tooth a whiter, cleaner appearance. this includes activated charcoal, toothpastes and oral hygiene cleaning appointments. Bleaching is where we actually change the internal colour of your teeth using a chemical process with either hydrogen or carbamide peroxide. We simply decolourise the attuning molecules in the tooth, so there is no structural change or damage at all.

Activated charcoal is great for maintaining your pearly whites after in chair bleaching or take home bleaching, and removes stains and toxins so it actually helps with the health of the mouth too. We sell a product called Charwhite which is specially made for your teeth and completely natural. It is so fine that its mild enough to use on a daily basis and still won’t cause any damage to your teeth.

For optimal teeth whitening, teaming up with us is the best way to get the results you want. We understand oral health and can put together personalised recommendations that allow you to get the best results in a time frame that works for you. We’ll also help you understand how the whitening process works, monitor your progress, and treat any sensitivity issues that may very rarely arise.

For more information or to BOOK A FREE 15 MINUTE WHITENING CONSULTATION submit an enquiry, or contact our practice today.

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More Than Aesthetics: The Impacts of an Overbite

Most of us associate overbites with an off-balanced smile and yet, the misalignment of our teeth could potentially lead to other situations which might be a bit more serious. Let’s take a look at why an overbite should always be assessed by your dentist.

– If the upper teeth grind against the lower row, valuable enamel will be lost.

– Jaw pain and similar muscular discomfort can result from an overbite.

– Teeth which cut into the gums can lead to gum disease if the condition is left unchecked.

“Fortunately, correcting an overbite is often something that can be done simply and permanently with orthodontic treatment.”

Learn more:

https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/top-oral-health-problems-caused-by-overbites/

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Is a Miracle Dental Jab on the Horizon?

It seems that there may be a means to effectively prevent cavities from forming with a potential vaccine. What does this concoction contain?

– One of the main ingredients is a bacteria known as Streptococcus mutans.

– This substance is then combined with E. Coli as well as proteins referred to as flagella.

– These proteins are then used to physically “clean” the teeth as well as to help prevent cavities.

“You will still have to brush their teeth twice a day to avoid a trip to the dentist.”

Read here for more details:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4906656/Don-t-like-seeing-dentist-Try-tooth-decay-vaccine.html

 

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How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Help Your Smile

Special events and functions usually mean good food, great company and a lot of pictures! With the amount of media sharing networks and websites around, you want to be able to look your best in each one and a bright, beautiful smile is key to achieving this!

Thankfully, there are a number of quick cosmetic treatments that can be done in a single visit, with stunning results! These last minute procedures will have you looking picture perfect in time for your next event:

Veneers

Porcelain Veneers never fail to amaze – they can cover a chip, hide a crack, make discoloration disappear, or correct a misshapen tooth and the results are gorgeous. The process is surprisingly quick, with minimal recovery time .

Enamel Shaping

Just one slightly misshapen tooth can downgrade aspects of a smile, even if all the other teeth are all straight and uniform. Enamel shaping is the art of reshaping a tooth so that it blends flawlessly with the rest of your smile.

Bonding

Dental Bonding is the art of applying a composite resin to your teeth, in order to to fix teeth with cosmetic and structural issues. The newest techniques are minimally invasive – leaving you with more of your own tooth structure and a beautiful finish.

Teeth Whitening

The ultimate last-minute cosmetic touch up – teeth whitening gives you a bright, beautiful smile without any discomfort. We can brighten your smile by a number of shades in a single session, so this is a perfect last minute addition to your party prep!

For more information on any of these quick treatments, contact our dental practice. Or visit our Cosmetic Dentistry page to learn more about various cosmetic dentistry procedures.