Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Shaping up your smile: Whitening Facts

The ADA has recently added an educational site about the pro’s and con’s of teeth whitening, as they believe most Australians are not aware of the risks associated with whitening treatments from professionals without the professional training in oral care such as hairdressers, beauticians and others. We all want to look our best but some methods of whitening are better than others based on personal situations. Having your teeth whitened by anyone other than a dentist is risky and it increases the likelihood that you may suffer permanent damage to your teeth and mouth. Lastly, The American Dental Association (ADA) does not endorse over-the-counter bleaching products as they can contain unhealthy levels of hydrogen peroxide.
The best teeth whitening gel treatments are available from your dentist. At The Dental Practice we begin the processes with a consultation about your particular situation and the probable cause of any stains or discoloration. Once we determine that you’re a good candidate for success with tooth whitening, we will construct a custom tray based on an impression of your teeth. This treatment provides gradual whitening at a relatively low cost.
At the Dental Practice we use the Discus NiteWhite© ACP take-home whitening solution. Discus take-home whitening formulas contain ACP (amorphous calcium phosphate), potassium nitrate and fluoride to help:
  • Reduce sensitivity
  • Rebuild enamel
  • Reduce fade back
  • Improve luster
The gel contains a proprietary activation matrix that extends the release of peroxide overnight to whiten an average of 6 shades in just 3 nights.
Whitening the natural way:
There are a couple of easy and cost effective ways to keep your teeth looking whiter and brighter, naturally. Chairman of the ADA’s Oral Health Committee, says the best way to keep a healthy white smile is to maintain good oral health. “Practising good oral hygiene is a basic way to assist in making your teeth look whiter naturally.” “Brushing and flossing your teeth daily assists in removing surface stains on your teeth.”
For healthier and better looking teeth, you should:
§  Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes using a fluoride toothpaste
§  Floss your teeth daily
§  Chew sugar-free gum if advised by your dentist
§  Drink water throughout the day
§  Consume a sensible diet
§  Visit your dentist regularly for a professional clean
What to avoid:
Extrinsic stains are superficial stains found on the surface of the tooth, which are caused by dental plaque, tars (in tobacco), tannins (in wine), coloured foods and frequent use of certain mouthwashes. Common foods and beverages that stain teeth include:
§  herbal and black tea
§  coffee
§  red wine
§  spicy foods like curries
Smoking cigarettes also causes unsightly stains on teeth, which can be extremely difficult to remove.
Extrinsic stains on the tooth’s surface can be removed by a dentist performing a professional scale and clean.

For more information from the ADA visit: teeth whitening facts


  1. Simple but valuable tips, thanks for the post. Following these methods will surely make teeth healthier as well better looking.

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  2. Proper dental care with proper diet and regular dental check-ups can help prevent most dental problems.