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Alternative Solutions to Teeth Whitening

Having your teeth whitened is the latest cosmetic dental trend that is sweeping the globe. But just how easy is it to achieve that pearly white look of the stars? And more importantly - what are the drawbacks?

How To Avoid Discoloration?

Before we delve into the world of whitening products and bleaching agents, it is important to understand what may cause discolouration and how to deter yellow teeth. Although a combination of several factors may be the cause of tooth discolouration, there are some things you could avoid in your day-to-day life that will help avoid discolouration.

  • Foods and Beverages: It is well known that tomato based foods such as pasta dishes and currys can lead to discoloration. Drinks such as tea, coffee and wine contain a compound called tannin which, over time, will discolor and individuals teeth
  • Tobacco Products: Tobacco contains tar which over time will leave your teeth and other parts of your body yellow. Not only can tobacco affect the shade of your teeth, it can also discolor your gums - making them black in color.
  • Plaque: Hardened-formed or even daily plaque build up can have an impact on your dental shade. It is important to pay regular visits to your dental hygienists

Whitening Techniques

As the surge of teeth whitening products rise, with it there are a range of whitening options to try and cater for every budget. With so many tooth whitener treatments to choose from, it can be difficult to identify the truths over the myths.

  • Whitening Toothpastes: Some toothpastes now market themselves with a variety of different teeth whitening abilities, such as charcoal brushing and flossing agents. All of them promise whiter smiles and promise to remove surface stains, but none of them have any drastic effects towards tooth color.

  • Home Remedies: The internet has now provided people with the ability to submit their own teeth whitening techniques. Some of the methods found on the internet can be extremely harmful to your teeth. So before you start pouring baking soda or start oil pulling with coconut oil, be cautious about some homemade remedies you find online. It is always best to speak to a teeth whitening specialist or your dentist before you rub a strange concoction of ingredients onto your teeth!

  • Teeth Bleaching: There are now several home whitening kits that allow individuals to tackle discolored teeth from home with bleaching agents. Some of these kits can cost up to $300 and don’t always provide the best results!

If done incorrectly, whitening strips can burn the gum causing great discomfort. On top of this, poor quality whitening products that are not approved by the ASA (American Dental Association) can damage an individual's natural tooth. For example, individuals with more tooth sensitivity, whitening strips can damage the natural tooth enamel that protects our teeth from harmful chemicals. Without this enamel protecting your tooth, you will become prone to cavities and other dental problems.

On top of this, without the consultation and guidance of a dental professional, the product may be applied unevenly. In some cases, this can lead to the whitening of a dental profile to appear uneven.

Only through a certified dentist can you guarantee safe whitening treatment when using these types of products, however, their services don’t come free. When using a dentist, you can often pay an additional $400 on top of the whitening agent itself!

  • Whitening rinses: One of the latest methods in the world of dental whitening is the use of teeth rinsing. In a similar to the more common whitening toothpastes, whitening rinses can be store bought and can be utilised in your daily mouth washing routines.

Much like standard mouthwash agents, whitening rinses help reduce dental plaque build up, the risk of gum disease and freshen your breath. But what makes dental rinse mouthwashes so unique is that it includes ingredients (such as hydrogen peroxide) that enhance the glow of your smile in the same way whitening gels would.

Unfortunately, as the rinses are only in contact with your teeth for a short period of time, it could take up to 12 - 16 weeks to start seeing results!

Laser whitening treatment: A more modern form of treatment is laser teeth whitening. Done through a dental professional, laser teeth whitening has proven to be safe and effective.

How Long Do White Teeth Last?

Unfortunately, whitening treatments do not last forever! Over time your favourite food and drink will stain your teeth once more, causing discoloured and yellow teeth. This will only lead to paying several more visits to your whitening dentist adding to your dental bill even more!

To make your teeth bleaching treatments last as long as possible, it is recommended that you avoid any tomato based foods on top of avoiding drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes.

Is Dental Bleaching Wise?

Allergies and Sensitive teeth It’s always recommended to speak to your whitening dentist when deciding on any form of whitening treatment but it higher caution is suggested to those suffering from sensitive teeth or peroxide allergies (agent found in teeth whitening products).

Undergoing any tooth bleaching treatment whilst suffering from such dental deficiencies will cause negative side effects that could damage your enamel even further or cause pain burning reaction sensation to the gum.

Gum Disease, Cavities and Worn Enamel It is strongly advised that individuals suffering from gum disease and worn enamel do not undergo any form of dental bleaching treatments. Whitening treatments can cause great discomfort to anyone with dental cavities. This is because the enamel protecting the tooth and inner pulp is vacant, leaving your tooth exposed to the harmful chemicals that are present within whitening products.

Dental Bonding, Crowns and Other Dental Procedures Any dental treatments made from resin composite materials will not whiten when using any form of bleaching agent. Instead, the resin will remain the same colour as it was previously which will stand out against your natural whiter teeth.

Expectations vs Reality

Individuals with yellow teeth will find whitening far easier and more beneficial than individuals suffering from the antibiotic tetracycline. The grey/blue discolouration caused by the medicine will need up to 6 months of vigorous whitening treatment performed by a whitening professional. Even then, having a perfectly white smile or even removing any discolouration isn’t guaranteed.

Those expecting instantly whiter teeth or an everlasting hollywood white smile, may be disappointed by the results.

It is advised that a healthy expectation is that your aim should be slightly whiter than the whites of your eyes. Those looking for a Hollywood, bleached white smile may be disappointed with the results of teeth whitening unless strong and lengthy applications are used.

Teeth Whitening Cost

The cost of whitening treatment can fall anywhere between $2 to $700. For obvious reasons, as the price goes up the more effective the treatment will be. However, over time the results can fade, meaning you will need to pay for treatment repetitively. Even after more advanced procedures such as laser teeth treatments, your dental profile may not remain white permanently. But what if there was a lasting alternative to achieving a pearly white smile that you could apply with the click of your fingers?

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From

$375

when you pay today

From

$7.21

a week

Spread the cost

Just another

$4.80

per week for a top set too

Representative example: purchase Moment instasmile top or bottom veneers for $375. Spread the cost over 12 months and clear the balance with 0% interest. Equivalent of $31.25 a month, or $7.21 per week (total repaid $375).

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Representative example: purchase Moment instasmile top or bottom veneers for $500. Spread the cost over 12 months and clear the balance with 0% interest. Equivalent of $41.67 a month, or $9.62 per week (total repaid $500).
Custom-made

Clip-on veneers
as unique as you are

From

$375

when you pay today

From

$7.21

a week

Spread the cost

Just another

$4.80

per week for a bottom set too

Representative example: purchase Moment instasmile top or bottom veneers for $375. Spread the cost over 12 months and clear the balance with 0% interest. Equivalent of $31.25 a month, or $7.21 per week (total repaid $375).

From

$375

when you pay today

From

$7.21

a week

Spread the cost

Just another

$4.80

per week for a top set too

Representative example: purchase Moment instasmile top or bottom veneers for $375. Spread the cost over 12 months and clear the balance with 0% interest. Equivalent of $31.25 a month, or $7.21 per week (total repaid $375).

From

$500

when you pay today

From

$9.62

a week

Spread the cost

Representative example: purchase Moment instasmile top or bottom veneers for $500. Spread the cost over 12 months and clear the balance with 0% interest. Equivalent of $41.67 a month, or $9.62 per week (total repaid $500).

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