13 Mar, 2022
Teeth whitening is a dental treatment which lightens your teeth by removing stains and discoloration. It is the most popular cosmetic procedure undertaken today and can provide amazing results.
Let's look at the 7 must know facts about at home teeth whitening to make you better informed.
1. Teeth whitening will not damage your teeth
Teeth whitening is very safe to do and will not cause them any damage. The Smile Bright White whitening process uses the same active ingredients as used within the dentist industry which penetrate the the pores of the teeth and removing the intrinsic and extrinsic stains. Your teeth naturally re-mineralise and rehydrate after each whitening procedure.
2. Stains on teeth will not be removed overnight
There is no at home teeth whitening product that can whiten in a few minutes or a day. The active ingredients in teeth whitening gel need time to penetrate the teeth and begin the bleaching process. This can take as few as three days or longer. People with very bad staining must be patient throughout the process. Once the stains have been removed, it is then easy to maintain.
3. You should use teeth whitening products before bed
Immediately after teeth whitening, your teeth are at higher risk of restaining since the teeth pores are wider and allow easier penetration of substance. We recommend the best time to whitening is before bed since it reduces the opportunity for staining, and provides the night for the teeth to rehydrate and remineralize.
4. Caps and veneers cannot be whitened
When dentists install caps and veneers, they are chosen to match the existing color of the surrounding teeth. Teeth whitening will not change the color of caps and veneers. Furthermore, caps and veneers will not stain.
5. Tooth sensitivity after teeth whitening is normal
More than 60% of the population have naturally sensitive teeth which is most often related to genetics, thin enamel, or crack and damaged teeth. During the teeth whitening process, it is normal for some sensitivity to occur. This is due to the teeth becoming temporarily dehydrated, thus reducing their ability to insulate the nerve from temperature changes. Any sensitivity will however totally disappear 12-36 hours after completing teeth whitening program. Smile Bright White includes desensitizing ingredients to minimise any risk of sensitivity.
6. Not everyone's teeth can achieve a perfect white
The natural color of an individuals' teeth are determined by genetics at birth. The only thing a whitening product can do is remove stains that have accumulated over time for that individual. We find the majority of our customers are very happy after they have undertaken a whitening treatment.
7. Teeth are like sponges
Teeth have pores and absorb just like a sponge. Everything that goes in to your mouth that has color will absorb into these pores. Substances such as wine, coffee, berries, soft drink and cigarettes are very active in staining teeth. Gradually, the natural shade of your teeth become darker due to the teeth absorbing these as stains. A whitening treatment such as Smile Bright White is then required to remove them.