Tooth whitening procedures have gained popularity over the past few years with more adults choosing this solution to give them a gleaming and beautiful smile. With celebrities boasting their pearly whites on screens around the world, the public have become aware of their own teeth and are looking for ways to make their teeth whiter, hide stains and discolouration and build their confidence moving forward.
Dr Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon in the United Kingdom, advises patients that tooth whitening doesn’t make teeth white, but it does make them a shade or two lighter than their natural colour. According to this specialist dentist, natural teeth are not white, but lightening them and removing stubborn stains caused by smoking and alcohol consumption, can boost confidence considerably and help people show their teeth when smiling.
The first thing many patients do try and hide stains and discolouration and the hope of lightening their teeth is to use whitening toothpaste. It is recommended to check the toothpaste ingredients to ensure that they won’t cause unwelcome damage to your teeth in the long run.
According to Dr Tariq Drabu, the biggest concern when it comes to tooth whitening to achieve a beautiful smile is the number of patients looking at home whitening kits to achieve their gleaming smiles. Unfortunately these kits can be exceptionally dangerous and can cause long term damage to your teeth in the future. Many kits use dangerous ingredients which can result in tooth sensitivity and other problems, as they eat into the enamel as they lighten the natural colour of the tooth.
In addition to this, the tooth whitening home kits you can purchase over the counter and online are also difficult to get right. It’s easy to lighten some areas of the tooth more than others due to the mouth guard that is used not being made specifically for you. This means the guard doesn’t fit correctly and can result in the mixture getting onto the gums and lightening the gums as the same time, which is something you want to avoid at all costs.
The safest option when it comes to tooth whitening is to use a professional dental service, according to Dr Tariq Drabu. The dentist can provide patients with options to meet their tooth whitening budget and objectives.
The first option works similar to a home whitening kit, but under close supervision from the dental team. The dentist will examine the patient to ensure they are a candidate for a tooth whitening procedure before discussing the options available. Then you can choose to go with the option which is conducted in surgery and at home.
With this particular process the dentist will make a mould to fit your mouth perfectly and provide you with the whitening solution which they will show you how to use. You will need to stay in close contact with the dentist throughout the procedure to ensure there are no side effects and to check your teeth are not experiencing any problems moving forward.
During this tooth whitening process, the dentist works alongside the patient to help them achieve their tooth whitening goals. Some of the process is carried out at home under the strict guidance of the dentist until your tooth whitening goals are achieved.
The second option is carried out in the dental surgery and is a faster process, though it can be slightly more expensive. In this instance the dentist will place the solution on your teeth and then use the laser to activate the ingredients, which automatically helps your teeth lighten by a shade or two in one dental appointment