Teeth Whitening – Is it good for everyone?

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure that is usually suitable for most people over the age of 18.  However, that is not the case for everyone.

For example, people who are breastfeeding, are pregnant or are suffering from gum disease are not suitable candidates to receive teeth whitening. Along with this, not every type of tooth is suitable to receive the cosmetic service, such as false teeth, crowns, veneers or fillings. If a person who had any of these dental treatments did want to whiten their teeth, they would most likely have to replace what they already have with paler versions in order to match their new and whiter teeth.

In terms of what teeth whitening consists of and what is used, it is an agent that is used by the dentist that has peroxide-based bleaching agents, mixed with other ingredients. Usually, this is applied to a plastic tray that is made specifically for the patient, in order to fit perfectly around the teeth. The chemicals then infiltrate the enamel of your teeth and oxidise the pigments, essentially brightening your teeth (without damaging them) and making them appear more white. 

Side effects of undergoing this procedure may be teeth sensitivity during, and potentially after, treatment. Your dentist will be able to advise on the best ways to manage any sensitivity that may occur – such as avoiding acidic drinks or fruit for a certain amount of time.   And with Boutique Whitening, Biomin toothpaste is recommended, not only for use during the whitening process but also beforehand, to better prepare your teeth.

The results of teeth whitening are not permanent. It is stated that whitening might last around 3 years, but this depends greatly on each individual. Certain lifestyle habits can greatly affect the longevity of the results, for example drinking things such as red wine, turmeric, certain curries, tea or coffee can easily stain the teeth – making the teeth less white. Rinsing the mouth after consuming these may help avoid staining.

Are you ready for a whiter, brighter smile?