A beautiful smile is something everybody wants. So what if you do not exactly have perfectly straight teeth? Sometimes, the little flaws create that unique charm that sets you apart. Think about supermodel Claudia Schiffer — who’d have thought that overbite could be alluring? But one thing you need to be mindful of, whether you have straight teeth or not, is maintaining the natural shine of your teeth — stained teeth scream of poor oral care even if you actually floss, brush and rinse after every meal.
Usually, discoloured teeth and stains are created by certain habits like smoking and frequent drinking of tea or coffee. No amount of brushing can get rid of the unsightly discolouration and the only way you can restore the natural brightness of your teeth is through teeth whitening by light activation.
The first thing to do is to set the most convenient schedule for the procedure with your dentist or hygienist. The procedure takes some time, from the preparation to the actual teeth whitening session. Also, the amount of time you spend on the dental chair depends on the actual condition of your teeth. If you have serious discolouration, naturally the session can take longer to finish. The main idea here is you do not want to hurry the procedure, so choose the most convenient hours for you.
The second thing is to have your teeth professionally cleaned to get rid of dental tartar and other embedded sediments that cannot be removed with your toothbrush and floss. You can schedule an appointment with the dental hygienist about a month prior to the teeth whitening session.
Third is to switch to desensitising toothpaste several weeks before the procedure because teeth can be sensitive to the pulses of heat from the light activation. There are a few different brands on the market including Sensodyne and Colgate Sensitive; what this toothpaste does is it blocks the pores that act as pathways to the nerves that heat and chemicals can penetrate. Although the sensitivity from the light activation is quite bearable, desensitising toothpaste can help for people with extra sensitive teeth.
Now, if you naturally have sensitive teeth and desensitising toothpaste does not work, prior to the procedure it may help to take a painkiller prescribed by your doctor or dentist. Don’t just use any over-the-counter painkiller because some can make the gums very sensitive.
These are a few simple things you can do before having your teeth professionally whitened. If you have any questions about teeth whitening or sensitive teeth, give us a call.