The smile is one of the easiest ways to transmit your feelings and gives us the confidence to interact with peers and also gives us the energy needed to get things done. People with attractive and brighter smile are deemed to be more professionally successful, healthy, happy, intelligent, financially stable and more worthy. A beautiful smile can make a huge impact on your day to day life by opening doors to various avenues and add charm.
Brushing and flossing are everyday ways to keep your smile bright, white and healthy. Still, if you feel your smile is lacking some sparkle or is more yellow than it used to be, you’re not alone. There are many people who want whiter teeth and use Active Smile teeth whitening products to get a brighter and whiter smile.
If you are the one thinking about getting teeth whitening, you need to get the facts first.
Why do teeth change colour?
Tooth discolouration is a normal part of ageing. The dentin which is the inner part of the tooth naturally turns yellow and the enamel that covers the teeth wears and gets thinner revealing the yellow dentin beneath. Besides ageing, teeth discolouration and staining can be caused by a number of lifestyle and biological factors such as:
- Drinking too much coffee, tea and red wine
- Tobacco use
- Trauma to teeth
- Certain medications
- Fizzy drinks
- Accumulation of tartar and plaque
- Dental disorder Amelogenesis Imperfecta (AI) which makes the teeth yellow or brown
- Genetics play a big role
- Silver Fillings
These are few of the reasons for tooth discolouration.
How teeth whitening works?
Teeth whitening is a simple process, however, it is essential to know what the products are made of before you dive in head first. Most teeth whitening products contain bleach, either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. They break the stains into smaller pieces making the colour look less concentrated and your teeth whiter and brighter. While these products are completely safe, you can prefer non-bleaching whitening products like a whitening toothpaste or other natural products like charcoal and turmeric.
Does whitening work on all teeth?
No, whitening doesn’t work on all teeth, which is why it is important to talk to your dentist before deciding as whitening products may not correct all types of discolouration. For instance, yellow teeth will bleach well, brown teeth may not respond well and teeth with grey tones may not bleach at all. Also, whitening doesn’t work on veneers, caps, crowns or fillings and will also not be effective if tooth discolouration is caused by medications or tooth injury.
What teeth whitening options are available?
Talk to your dentist before you start, there are three options
Whitening toothpaste – Whitening toothpaste has mild abrasive that scrub the teeth to remove the surface stains. Look for the dental association seal when buying.
In-office bleaching – This procedure is known as chairside bleaching where a dentist applies a protective gel to your gums and then bleach the teeth.
At-home bleaching – This includes peroxide containing whiteners which come in gel form and placed in a tray that fits on your teeth. These are over-the-counter products.
Can I DIY teeth whitening?
Yes, you can by using everyday solutions in moderation like baking soda, coconut oil and a small amount of hydrogen peroxide. Use 1:2 ratio of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to make a paste and apply on the teeth and let it sit for about 2 minutes and rinse. You can also use apple cider vinegar, strawberry paste, banana peel, or charcoal paste.
The above mentioned are few of the things you need to know before brightening your smile and if you are ready to start with in-home whitening, then Active Smile can help. We offer high-quality teeth whitening kits and activated charcoal tooth whitening powder. Contact us on 1300 858 711 for more information today.