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22 January 2018

In-chair teeth whitening vs alternatives

These days, if you have the problem, social media will usually claim to have the solution. The latest of these is charcoal toothpaste as a cheap, natural alternative to other teeth whitening alternatives. The claim is that it will whiten your teeth, but it’s worth considering what problems can it introduce. In my opinion, charcoal toothpaste can be quite abrasive on the teeth, wearing away tooth enamel and causing sensitivity issues and gum recession. Further, a noticeable brightening effect is also unlikely to occur.

Other products you might encounter on the Internet include self-bleaching kits supplying a tray that you apply yourself. These kits have been around for a long time, and they still seem to attract people looking for what they think is a cheap, quick fix. They’ve got very low concentrations of peroxide in them and they do work for a day or two and then they lose effectiveness. So it could be used as a touch up application prior to heading out! 

Even knowing all of that, perhaps the most important consideration is with cheap or alternative whitening methods, you’re putting something into your mouth when you don’t know the condition of your mouth and teeth. You’re not an expert, and social media is not the best place to search for health-related advice or products. In short, it’s not a very wise move.

Teeth whitening your dentist can offer

With professional teeth whitening at your dentist, there are three different types of whitening packages we provide. They are the take-home teeth whitening kit, the one hour in chair whitening kit and the combination of the two. At The Dental Room, we use one of the most advanced teeth whitening systems in the market –  the Philips Zoom System. 

This is different to the whitening toothpaste you would find on a supermarket shelf—those are also quite abrasive on the teeth and the concentration of peroxide is minimal, which is what allows them to be sold in a supermarket. It takes a long time for you to get noticeable results and you may ruin your teeth in the process.

With the take home kit, we provide you with custom made whitening trays that fit perfectly onto your teeth. Whitening gel is then applied to the trays and used 30 minutes a day for two weeks. The one hour procedure offers the convenience of having your dentist apply a higher concentration of whitening gel to your teeth while you are in the dental chair. Many of my clients choose the combination of one hour in chair procedure for a quick boost and use their take home trays to maintain the brightness from time to time.

The teeth whitening process

When you get your teeth whitened professionally, we can provide products that have a higher amount of peroxide in them so the results are a lot more visible, but at the same time, they are very safe, because they use a chemical process rather than an abrasive mechanical action. It helps to have trained, professional people on hand who know what they’re doing.

The health of your teeth is a precious, and shouldn’t be entrusted to cheap products or unqualified people. Dental professionals can conduct teeth whitening in an environment where your specific requirements are considered—and where you can be certain the condition of your teeth will be preserved in the pursuit of that perfect smile.

Disclaimer: Results may vary between individuals. Any dental procedure carries risks and benefits. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified practitioner.

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