Arthur Street Dental | Coffs Harbour, NSW

Helpful Teeth-Whitening Hints

February 26, 2018
Posted By: Dr. Justin Ward
Smiling Girl | Coffs Harbour Dental Office

At first glance, horse racing and teeth whitening would appear to be strange bedfellows.

I may be just a humble dentist, but even I find it difficult to come up with a plausible explanation as to why every year without fail Google statistics show a noticeable increase in the number of people searching for teeth whitening products in the months preceding the Coffs Cup.

It may be that we believe our teeth look infinitely duller during those cooler winter months as our skin loses its sun-kissed look. Or it could be that, come racing season, we concentrate more on our physical appearance in order to ensure we look our very best during those inevitable cup day photos.

Teeth whitening products available

Either way, there are several great products available to help remedy teeth discolouration. However, prior to applying any type of teeth whitening product to your gnashers, there are some important things to consider first.

The first and most important is to arrange an appointment with your dentist to discuss your intentions. Use this time to request that your dental professional undertake an audit of your oral health to eliminate the possibility that you may have decay. If you have cavities in your teeth or any other type of damage, the bleach in whitening products could seep into the crevice, hit a nerve and cause you untold pain.

Too much of a good thing

Secondly, it is important to research the type of teeth whitening product you intend using. There is a raft of products available on the market, but not all will work as efficiently and effectively as their commercially minded manufacturers like to claim.

It is also important to remember that there can be too much of a good thing when it comes to teeth whitening.

There's always going to be people who will over-use teeth whitening products in the hope it will give them a whiter, brighter smile; however, the old policy of less is more is the key to whitening. Not only is over-use a waste of the product, there is also the risk of unwanted side effects including burnt gums. Additionally, there is the very real risk that teeth will lose their healthy sheen, while splotching can also be an issue.

What we recommend

While there is a choice of gels, strips, toothpaste and rinses on the market, not all are created equal—some contain higher acid levels than others, and ill-fitting, one-size-fits-all trays leading to an uneven distribution of the active chemical in these products.

At Arthur Street Dental, we recommend the NiteWhite take-home teeth-whitening kit. This is for several reasons, but essentially it’s because the significant research we have done on this product tells us it’s the most effective with the fewest side effects. In the case of NiteWhite, the only risk factor is sensitivity, a condition potentially applicable to any type of oral supplement.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.