As our smiles and teeth play an important role in making a good first impression on a daily basis, it is inevitable for us to be concerned about the colour of our teeth. Using baking soda to whiten teeth and teeth whitening kits.. Do these methods really work?! Are you, perhaps, one of those individuals looking for methods and information on how to whiten your teeth? Fret not, for this article will hopefully answer all your queries and provide you with some tips on teeth whitening in Singapore.
How is professional teeth whitening done?
Before we begin on the 5 facts of teeth whitening, we’ll start by answering what professional teeth whitening is and how the process of whitening teeth is like. Usually, the dentist will apply gel to your teeth and use a special light to start the activation of the gel to whiten your teeth. This gel applied will then break through any form of stain and discolouration in your teeth, leaving your teeth whiter and smile brighter after treatment.
While it is effective and beneficial to go for professional teeth whitening in Singapore, people are often skeptical about whether it is worth its price and often wonder whether methods at home, such as using baking soda and take home teeth whitening kits are equally effective. We will now go through 5 facts about teeth whitening that may clear up any misconceptions and myths.
5 Facts about Teeth Whitening in Singapore
1. Whitening toothpaste is beneficial but cannot compare to Professional teeth whitening methods
There are two different types of tooth discolouration, namely internal and external discolouration. Internal discolourations are a result of pigment particles being absorbed, leaving a yellow tint in the inner structure of the teeth. External discolouration are stains in the outer layer of the teeth, often due to drinking coffee or smoking etc. Whitening toothpastes are often used to whiten teeth by removing stains on teeth on the surface level, which often works only for external discolouration and not internal discolouration. Hence, while the outer layer of the teeth may be clean, your teeth may still have a yellow tint.
2. Do teeth whitening kits work?
While they are often referred to the much cheaper alternative to professional teeth whitening, they are surely not as useful. Teeth whitening kits are very mild and are more suitable for external stains due to smoking or coffee. This is due to the fact that the dosage of hydrogen peroxide (bleaching agent) of teeth whitening kits in Singapore is usually restricted to under 0.1%, compared to those used by the dentist which range from 10% to 40%. Ultimately, you are paying a lower price for a less effective method.
3. What about baking soda for teeth whitening?
It is a myth that baking soda helps with teeth whitening. While baking soda may be the case for certain surfaces, it isn’t that beneficial to use it to whiten your teeth. They may wear out and thin the external layer of the teeth and are unable to whiten your internal layer. This may result in your teeth looking more yellow as the yellow tint is increasingly obvious with the thinning of the external enamel layer of the teeth.
4. Teeth whitening does not affect teeth sensitivity
It is often a common misconception that going through the teeth whitening is unsafe and may affect teeth sensitivity. Teeth sensitivity is often a result of wearing and thinning of the enamel layer of the teeth, which is not a result of teeth whitening, unless your choice of method is to use baking soda instead of professional teeth whitening!
5. Post-teeth whitening tips
While the teeth whitening procedure is the main reason for whiter teeth and a brighter smile, daily routines are equally important in maintaining the whiteness of your teeth. Do ensure to practice and maintain your oral hygiene and refrain from drinking coloured food and drinks that may stain your teeth, e.g tea and coffee. Additionally, you may want to cut down on habits like smoking as they may stain the external layer of your teeth as well.
bHere at Vivid Dental Surgeons, we aim to educate and raise awareness for matters and issues regarding oral and dental hygiene. We hope that through this article, you are able to gain insights on the misconceptions of teeth whitening methods, such as using baking soda and teeth whitening kits, and are able to make more informed decisions regarding teeth whitening in Singapore from here on out. If you are interested in learning more, click here to read other related articles on our blog. Dr Ryan is also open to answering any questions you have regarding oral health matters, drop him a message here.
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