How To Whiten Teeth
Tooth whitening is both safe and simple. In this video, dentist Brian Halvorsen explains the various ways which you can whiten your teeth. He also explains how to deal with tooth sensitivity.
Hi, I'm Brian Halvorsen, and I'm a dentist. I've been in the practice for over 35 years, and I've written a book about my principles on holistic dentistry. The book is called "Great Teeth for Life.
" In this video, I'm going to discuss tooth whitening. Tooth whitening is a safe procedure and it's non-invasive. It's extremely popular in North America and Europe.
The principles behind tooth whitening are actually that the outside of the tooth does not actually create the whitening effect, it's actually the internal structure, i.e. the dentine, which actually soaks up the gel which is normally a diluted version of a peroxide, just like you'd use for bleaching.
But a safe one. Now, tooth whitening which actually whitens the tooth from the inside is a permanent whitening. It's not about, you know, you have to keep doing it, although often, because of time and tide, you do actually have to reinforce the whitening about every 2 or 3 months.
There are various types of tooth whitening, some that you can actually purchase in the high street, or in the mall, and these are effective, but not as effective as if you were to visit your dentist and have it done in a professional way. Now, we can divide the whitening into 2 types: one, that actually you do at home, and this the dentist would actually take a mold of your teeth, then you'd come back, have a little tray made, which is small and comfortable, and then you actually wear this tray often, about twice a day, depending on the manufacturer's instructions or the dentist's instructions, and normally within about 2 weeks, you will see a very dramatic change in your tooth color. The reason for going to the dentist is that he can actually check your teeth out, make sure there aren't any problems, or if there are any complications with having your teeth whitened.
This could mean that some of the teeth you may have at the front of your mouth could be fillings or crowns or veneers, and this may affect the result that you require. And the dentist can give you good advice on how you can overcome it or how can he produce the perfect result you are looking for. The other system is in fact where you go to the dentist and he does the whole treatment, often within a couple of hours, at the surgery.
Now, this requires a much much more concentrated form of gel, and often he may use either a laser or a light system to warm the gel up, but because the gel is much more concentrated, he has to make sure that your gums and your teeth are protected so they do not become too sensitive, and this is something that would need to be considered with, again, a dentist, and a dentist who is experienced in tooth whitening. There are high streets, sort of shops that literally do it, or almost boutique shops that will carry out whitening, and again, they are both safe, but really do investigate with your friends or what have you that in fact they're happy with the results they're getting. One of the complications of whitening can be sensitivity of the teeth.
Now, by using a very very small amount of gel on a very tight fitting tray, this is reduced to a minimum. However, we're all individual and sometimes even doing everything correctly, the teeth still can be sensitive. It is a shame not to carry on to whitening your teeth just because your teeth are sensitive, so there are a few little remedies.
Sometimes, by just simply not actually putting the trays in for a few days, that will mean that you start again, you find your teeth aren't anywhere near as sensitive. Secondly, using one of the desensitizing toothpaste. Now, a clever little tip is that if you buy a desensitizing toothpaste that is in a gel form, if you actually place some of this within the tray, then instead of it being washed off over a period of seconds, it can be concentrated on the tooth, and it will quickly desensitize it.
So, useful tip from the point of view of if your teeth are sensitive, and to be honest, if you've