Statistics show that our smiles are actually more noticeable than we think. Smiles can be identified from up to 300 feet away, making them our most easily recognizable facial expression and influences how peoples see us.
In fact, a study by Golle, Mast & Lobmaier (2013) shows that emotional expressions of happiness influence the judgment of attractiveness!
So, give your friends and family a reason to smile proudly by sharing this important information about our professional take-home teeth whitening at Alex Bratic Dental Care in Beenleigh!
Your ability to set your smile to ‘stun’ is directly related to the whitening procedure that you choose, so it’s important to know your options. While the internet and drugstores advertise a wide variety of whitening products to choose among, professional home teeth whitening from your Alex Bratic dentist is still by far one of the best treatment options. It delivers longer-lasting results than over-the-counter products.
The Stained Tooth Problem
Teeth can become stained or discoloured for a range of different reasons. As a person ages their teeth may become darker due to the build up of pigments within the tooth that has occurred over decades of eating and drinking.
Drinking tea, coffee and red wine, eating curries and smoking can all stain your teeth. A thorough scale and clean may be all that is required to whiten teeth if their stains are all external. If it is determined that teeth whitening is required, Alex Bratic Dental Care recommends gentle, safe, and gradual at-home teeth whitening.
Benefits of Teeth Whitening
- Improves your confidence and self-worth
- Improves your ability to connect and communicate with other people
- Maintains a more positive mood and disposition in life
- Motivates you to uphold the health of your teeth
- Improves your physical and emotional wellbeing
Alex Bratic’s Professional Home Whitening System
Many practices may use the rapid one-hour in-surgery application of bleach, which is activated by a laser or curing light. But this method can cause increased sensitivity and a lot of the initial whiteness is caused by dehydration of the teeth. This method is the harsher, more aggressive process, and turns out to last for a shorter time.
Alex Bratic only uses the gentler, supervised take home kit approach, to ensure the health and safety of your teeth. We construct custom trays, record current tooth colour and give instructions on how to whiten you teeth. You take the trays and whitening agent home to use over a 10-day period. We then review the result after the course of treatment is concluded.
How effective is this treatment? Most effective!
A study by Matis (2009) compared the findings of 9 published studies conducted at the Indiana University School of Dentistry involving 25 in-office, at-home, and OTC (over-the-counter) whitening products.
This paper’s conclusions were:
- Overnight use of an at-home tray-based system created the most effective tooth whitening.
- The whitening relapse typically associated with in-office results was given as the reason why many professional systems recommend the use of an at-home tray-based product as follow up treatment.
In other words, dentist-supervised at-home cleaning is the best solution.
The common misperception that in-office tooth bleaching is superior to the use of an at-home system likely stems from the fact that it involves the use of a higher concentration, quicker-acting whitener and, of course, all the whiz-bang equipment (bleaching light or laser) that’s used when treatments are performed.
What really counts is simply the tooth’s total (cumulative) exposure to the peroxide. And here, professional at-home whitening wins. Basically, professional at-home whitening is the most effective, longest lasting, and safest way to whiten teeth!
Are you a Good Candidate for Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening is a non-invasive and generally safe procedure; thus, it’s suitable for a wide range of patients. The best candidates for professional teeth whitening have healthy gum tissues and teeth, and those teeth are without fillings or restorations.
Teeth Bleaching Whitening Treatments Aren’t Right for Everyone
Not everyone can have a tooth whitening treatment safely or effectively. Patients with the following conditions or circumstances may not be the best candidates:
- Pregnant and lactating women
- People who have restorations such as fillings, implants, crowns and dental bridges
- Children under 16 years of age
- Patients with periodontal disease, tooth decay, cavities and exposed roots
- People who are allergic to teeth bleaching whitening agents like peroxide
- Individuals with sensitive teeth
- Those who seek unrealistic or blinding-white results
Of course, the best way to discover if you are a good candidate for whitening is by consulting your Beenleigh dentist at Alex Bratic Dental Care. Discover how our take home kit approach helps you achieve a sparkling smile that’s safe and long-lasting.