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Key Things to Keep in Mind When Whitening Your Teeth

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Would you like your smile to dazzle a little more? You're not alone. Each day, many people throughout Australia visit their dentists for teeth whitening treatments. While these procedures are quick and effective, they do require some considerations before you go ahead.

Using the Right Professional

You may stumble across some non-dental practitioners who offer teeth whitening services. Unfortunately, those practitioners cannot legally offer the solution strengths you need to achieve the best results. Additionally, if they do choose to offer high-strength solutions, they may not apply them in a way that guarantees your safety, and they won't be practicing with a form of indemnity that keeps you safe. By using a dentist, you keep yourself safe, and you benefit from a plan that matches your oral profile.

Your Overall Oral Health

If you're going to invest in a smile that looks great, you need to consider your overall oral health. Boosting your oral health requires you to visit your dentist once every six months so they can detect a few early signs of problems. Additionally, you shouldn't ignore symptoms such as bleeding when you brush your teeth as they act as early signs of gum disease. By laying the foundations for excellent oral health, you'll ensure you keep your natural teeth for longer. Overall, this means you're less likely to lose the teeth you're keen to whiten.

Sensitivity is Short-Term

When your dentist applies a teeth whitening solution, they're using a form of bleach that affects your enamel. The bleach can temporarily make your teeth slightly more porous. When your teeth are a little more porous, you're more likely to experience some sensitivity. One way to reduce the sensitivity is to take a pain killer before the whitening treatment. When it's safe to do so, you can take another one after the whitening treatment. Sensitivity is often short-term, but you should always tell your dentist about any ongoing discomfort.

Longevity Varies

The effects of your whitening treatment can vary according to your profile and your lifestyle choices. Overall, they can last between six months and three years. If you don't drink a lot of coffee or engage in staining habits such as smoking, your results may last longer. To maximise the effects of your treatments, talk to your dentist about your current lifestyle choices and whether or not you should make changes. Additionally, your dentist may recommend top-up treatments, such as low-strength teeth whitening pens that you can use between visits.

For more information, reach out to dentists near you.