Teeth whitening is a great treatment for people who struggle with the aesthetics of discoloured teeth and want a simple treatment. For some people, the discolouration has gone too far and can't be corrected by normal brushing and flossing. Whatever the case may be every year thousands of Australians decide to try teeth whitening with little to no information beforehand. Here are some very important things you should know before you try any sort of teeth whitening if you want the best results possible.
Always Go to a Professional
There are many at-home treatment plans for teeth whitening but the truth is if you want results that last and are applied correctly every time then you need to see a professional. Dentists perform teeth whitening procedures all the time and they have a much higher success rate than anything you can get over the counter. In addition to that, the harsh chemicals in some teeth whitening products make them a bit of a safety hazard if you don't do it right. It is simply not worth the risk to try it by yourself when there are dentists who offer the procedure at low costs with zero risks.
There Can Be Some Discomfort Especially if You Have Sensitive Teeth
The procedure itself does not involve anything painful but the application and removal process will mean items come into contact with your teeth and this can cause some level of discomfort. If you have sensitive teeth than perhaps ask your dentist if there are any other less intrusive options or if you can have something for the pain. For most people, this feeling will be nothing more than a mild unpleasantness but it bears repeating that you should be prepared if you respond negatively to contact with your teeth.
If You Want Instant Results You Need the Dentist
While some at-home treatments have been shown to work, these generally do so over a more prolonged time. All those whitening strips, whitening toothpaste and bleaching applications may sound quick but often they can take weeks to show any noticeable effect. If you want your teeth whitening to be instant (perhaps for a party or a holiday) then there is only one way to guarantee that: go to a dentist. In addition to a longer waiting time, not all teeth whitening products are created equal and some may only improve the whiteness of your teeth very marginally.