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Dangers of DIY teeth whitening
For many patients simple dental
procedures such as teeth whitening can make all the difference in changing the
way they look. In addition to crowns, veneers andtooth implants, professional
dentists in Melbourne utilise quality dental products and equipment to lighten
teeth that have become stained or discoloured in a safe manner that do not
threaten teeth enamel.
The quick and easy availability of
various over-the-counter products such as whitening strips, whitening
toothpastes and at-home whitening kits may at first seem the preferred option
to patients for convenient quick-fix solutions these offer, but theAustralian Dental Association cautions
patients to be aware of the risks attached.
Lack of professional
suitably qualified dental practitioner is best placed to determine to determine
the need for whitening teeth. They can get to the root of the discolouration or
staining and recommend appropriate dental treatments to address any underlying
Incorrect use of products
may cause more harm than good
serious risk is the harmful effects these products may have on teeth and gums
and possibly even nerve damage. Incorrect use, over use (in the erroneous
belief than more exposure will better the results) and using bleaching
chemicals in wrong concentrations is a gamble that could pose more expensive and
complex to fix down the line.
Products may weaken enamel
increasedloss of mineral content is a concern with over-the-shelf products. This
loss results in weakened enamel and a greater likelihood of cavities forming.
In-chair products, on the other hand, work to produce the opposite effect as
these can be found to increase the enamel’s resistance to erosion.
Why in-clinic whitening procedures are the better option
In order for a whitening product to
produce optimal results, the product needs to contain high concentrations (that
is deemed safe by relevant regulatory bodies) of the active ingredient,
hydrogen peroxide. Higher levels are required to allow for the ingredient to
penetrate deeper into the enamel while lower concentrations are able to act
only in a superficial manner on the outer layer of teeth. In Australia only a
professional dental practitioner is allowed to use products that contain over 6
percent of hydrogen peroxide.
For some patients teeth sensitivity
and gum irritation may be side effects experienced during whitening procedures,
but these symptoms are closely monitored when whitening treatments are
performed by an experienced dentist.
Ways to keep teeth clean
There are a number of ways patients
can maintain whiter-looking teeth. The two best ways are to:
Avoid foods and beverages known
for their ability to stain teeth (coffee, tea, wine, dark-coloured foods,
tomato-based curries). If one can’t avoid certain foods, the brushing soon
after consuming them may limit the risk of staining.
Avoid smoking as chemicals such
as nicotine in cigarettes can over time leave teeth looking yellow.
Patients of High Dental Implants
Melbourne can experience in-clinic dental whitening treatments that offer
optimal results for longer. Speak to a dental practitioner today. Any surgical
or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second
opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.