Thanks to a relentless barrage of social media advertising and celebrity-endorsements directed at those under 35, the popularity of teeth whitening is surging. According to the Australian Dental Association in 2016 teeth whitening became one of the biggest crazes on Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Facebook and the craze has continued into 2019.
So in the quest for pearly white teeth, you may be wondering about home tooth whitening treatments and how they can brighten your smile. But with so many kits on the market, it’s difficult to know which one to go for.
When you buy a tooth whitening kit from the internet or your local supermarket, you may be purchasing products that damage your teeth, wear away enamel or even worse, burn your skin.
There are many benefits to home teeth whitening — but the most effective and safe solution is to purchase a kit provided by your dentist.
- Having whiter teeth can improve your self esteem
Over time, your teeth can become discoloured from food and drink and make you more self-conscious when you smile. Whitening your teeth can have a profound effect on your overall confidence, thanks to its ability to make you look younger and fresher. When you’re not worrying about your discolored teeth, you’re more likely to relax and smile which can have a positive effect on your overall appearance and mood.
- Home whitening kits are convenient
In today’s world, many of us don’t have the time to make umpteen trips to the dentist. Home whitening kits can offer a much more convenient solution that allows you to whiten your teeth from the comfort of your own home, and even when you’re asleep.
- The dangers of whitening your teeth without your dentists’ advice
Some DIY teeth whitening product manufacturers are suggesting that their products are ‘all-natural’ and safer alternatives to peroxide formulations, when in fact their products often contain chemicals like sodium chlorite.
In addition to this, it seems that some consumer websites and online retail marketplaces that ship to Australian consumers are selling teeth whitening products containing concentrations of whitening agents that exceed legal limits in Australia.
Information provided to the ADA by state poisons centres also suggests that even some patients who obtain home-whitening kits from their dentist are leaving whitening gel on their teeth for longer than instructed.
While you may be able to buy very cheap home tooth whitening kits, choosing one that is sold through a dentist means that it has their seal of approval and that it’s less likely to damage your teeth.
- You have access to custom made trays
When you get a home whitening kit through your dentist, you will get custom made trays that fit your teeth exactly. This means that you get even coverage across all your teeth and there’s less chance of doing damage to your surrounding tissues.
- You have access to a specialist in tooth whitening
By getting your teeth whitening products from your dentist, you will have an expert on hand. They will be able to guide you in choosing the right shade and what kind of product would be best for the tooth stains that you have, and to prevent or manage any side effects of whitening. Not only that, but you’ll be able to have your general oral health checked over at the same time, a real bonus for anyone that’s short of time.
If you are looking for a whiter, brighter smile, our team at Blackburn Clinic Dental Centre in Blackburn will be able to help. Please call us on 03 9878 1597
All dental procedures carry risks and benefits. Please seek an opinion from an appropriately qualified health professional.