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What To Do When Teeth Whitening Procedure Goes Wrong

According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), they have recalled several do-it-yourself (DIY) teeth whiteners that consist of unsafe concentrations of peroxide leading to painful chemical burns, blisters and ulceration of the mouth, throat and gums.

How do whitening products work? Why are some of them risky?

Teeth whitening procedures are about making your teeth appear whiter by bleaching the surface enamel. The results might differ from bright-white smiles to a non-existent change, based on your original tooth colour, cause of colour irregularities and whitening method being used.

There are four methods of tooth bleaching and most of them use several concentrations of oxidising agents like hydrogen peroxide:

  • Home bleaching: This is where low concentrations of bleach are applied with standard trays that are not moulded to the mouth of the patient.
  • Assisted bleaching in a dental surgery: This helps to supplement home bleaching with low-to-medium concentrations.
  • Power bleaching in a dental surgery: This is an application of high concentrations of bleach and use of a light for activating the hydrogen peroxide that is only done within a dental practice.
  • Over-the-counter products: This will include a variety of concentrations.

Extrinsic stains: These occur on the outside of your tooth tissue that is caused by tobacco, caffeine and certain bacterial pigments. They can be removed by an oral health professional without the need of bleaching.

If you want to have whiter teeth, then your choice of procedure depends on the change of color needed and how much you are willing to spend. This will improve your chances of attaining success through this procedure by visiting a dental expert.

The side effects of tooth whitening are sensitivity, gum and tissue irritation that are more common at the time of using higher concentrations. Frequent application of whitening chemicals with high concentration can damage the enamel tooth surface and soft gum tissues permanently. Hence, it is important that you get your gums and teeth checked for any disease by a London's teeth whitening dentist before undergoing the procedure.

Color of teeth is paper or pearly white:

The expression “pearly white” is compared to the human teeth that have the color of pearls.

The color of your teeth is usually determined by the thickness of the enamel that covers the tooth crown and yellowness of underlying dentine. This will make up the bulk of the tooth structure. By combining these two tissue, the color of the teeth will have a “pearly white” appearance.

Due to age, adult teeth may turn darker with gradual thinning of the enamel that enables the dentine color to show through.

Why is this penchant for bleached or white teeth?

The face is important for proper communication, recognition, social and sexual interaction. Besides, your eyes, gums and teeth are key features of the face. By showing more or less of them may raise expressions that can range from aggression to laughter. Apart from the acceptability and desirability of other bodily displays, there are cultural diversities and fashions that might be considered aesthetically pleasing for your teeth.

Your family members must have worn full dentures after removing all their teeth. Invariably, artificial tooth forms had been aligned at the insistence of the recipient, in a “picket fence” alignment with white-coloured teeth. It is quite possible that patients want to mirror the appearance of the teeth that they had just removed.

Most people argue that preventing oral disease should be of greater significance than the quest for aesthetically pleasing smiles. There is no harm in changing teeth colour till you seek advice from your dentist at London Teeth Whitening and take care of the problem with do-it-yourself products.

24 Jan 2020