WHITE IS THE NEW BLACK
There’s no doubt that teeth whitening has become increasingly popular over the years with reports indicating teeth whitening to be the number one cosmetic dental treatment performed.
With such a high demand there are millions of whitening products out there trying to meet the public’s demand which can leave us so confused?
It doesn’t take too much searching to find a huge range of remedies for teeth whitening. From rubbing banana peel on your teeth, to brushing with a mixture of lemon juice and bicarbonate of soda, there are lots of quick-fix teeth-whitening solutions. While many other brands offer quick “7 minute” solutions. These simply cannot penetrate deep enough to provide quality results and long lasting results. Most importantly such products can cause permanent damage to our enamel due to acids and powerful abrasives.
Toothpastes that contain charcoal have increased in popularity and some promote these products as beneficial for oral health and teeth whitening. However, a recent review in the Journal of the American Dental Association found insufficient evidence to support these claims.
Funny enough, teeth whitening was discovered coincidentally by dentists trying to treat gum disease with mouth rinses containing hydrogen peroxide. What they discovered was an improvement in gum health but also a dramatic improvement in teeth becoming whiter. Thank goodness for this discovery!
Teeth whitening is somewhat controversial; different countries have different rules regarding the permitted concentrations of hydrogen peroxide released by products and who may provide these. In Australia, only a dental practitioner may provide products that release more than 6% hydrogen peroxide. In the UK however, it’s illegal for anyone other than dentists to use concentrations higher than 0.1%.
Many salons offering teeth whitening claim to use “peroxide-free” products. Products might be free masterra of peroxide before use, but then release hydrogen peroxide when activated! Products that genuinely don’t contain or release hydrogen peroxide are unlikely to be very effective in whitening teeth.
At Aesthetik we have created a space were professional treatment is easily accessible. We are offering professional dental teeth whitening services at affordable prices whilst creating a comfortable and luxurious environment to relax in throughout your treatment.