When it comes to teeth whitening; you may be interested in the latest methods to get that white shine you’ve always wanted. But, as news about the latest teeth-whitening products or services come to us, we are keen to try it out without really understanding what these treatments may involve. If anything, it is always important to speak to your dentist before making the decision to go forward with treatment. Here are 8 questions you should be asking your dentist to help them help you:
1. Should I be seeking a whitening solution?
Generally, if you have any oral health issues, medical conditions, sensitive teeth or gums, young teeth or are pregnant, whitening treatment should be avoided. Your dentist should be able to tell you whether you should be seeking any whitening treatments and they are a very good resource to suggest other solutions if whitening treatment isn’t for you.
2. What is causing my tooth discolouration?
You can help your dentist answer this question by addressing what you think is the cause of your tooth discolouration. Not all treatments work the same so finding the root to the discolouration will give your dentist insight on whether whitening treatment is the best solution.
There are different causes of discolouration which create different types of stains. It could be your diet or use of tobacco, or it could be an oral health effect. Your dentist will also assess the severity of the discolouration as your stains can range from yellow to brown, grey or black which may require different treatments.
3. Is it safe to use a whitening treatment?
Some whitening treatments contain higher concentrations of chemicals that can risk chemical burns, while others are made from all natural and organic ingredients such as Bianco Smiles activated charcoal powder. You can minimise any risks by asking about safety or even getting an opinion on how you can use the treatment effectively.
4. What are the risks or side effects?
Labels and warning signs can sometimes be hard to understand, and instructions are sometimes unclear. Bianco Smile’s whitening formula has been formulated under the consultation of oral practitioners and manufactures to ensure minimal risks with clear instructions for use. If you are worried of risks, it can be beneficial to consult your dentist before using a treatment because they can shine light on what you can prepare for.
5. How white will my teeth get?
Generally, stained and discoloured teeth will not be as effective by whitening as naturally whiter teeth. When asking your dentist about this, it is best to have realistic expectations as not all teeth benefit from treatments to the same degree. Bianco Smile however, has a good record of proven results with a unique formula to ensure maximum results with minimal risks.
6. How far in advance should I get treatment before a big event?
Have a wedding or social event you need to prepare for? Teeth whitening is always a popular option but how far in advance do you need to start treatment before you start to see any results?
Although a typical professional in-chair whitening treatment can be completed in a single appointment, not everyone can afford to get their teeth professionally whitened. This is where over-the-counter treatments come in, but different treatments take different times to be effective. You should always read up on the information about certain treatments to see how long they take to be effective and ask your dentist for further insight.
7. How long will the treatment last?
Teeth whitening treatment is not permanent as these temporary effects tend to last based on treatment type and how well you maintain your whitened teeth afterwards. Bianco Smile offers products such as charcoal toothpaste and toothbrushes for you to look after your teeth after treatment and get optimal results.
8. What if I have braces, caps, crowns or veneers?
If you have braces, your dentist will typically recommend waiting until you get your braces off before you do any treatment. This is because only the outside of your teeth will be whitened effectively leaving spaces underneath the braces the same which risks uneven and inconsistent results.
Whitening treatment can also affect teeth restorations as they are matched to the natural colour of your teeth. These solutions can cause them to stand out which will require replacements for the existing restorations. Ensure you consult your dentist if this applies to you.
Your dentist is the best resource to seek advice or information from about your teeth; however, making an appointment and taking the time to go and see them can be a daunting process. If you are seeking Bianco Smile whitening treatment, we have answers for all the questions above in our FAQs page, or if you have any other questions or enquiries, type them in the Help Centre and we’ll get back to you.
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