Three Teeth Whitening Secrets You Never Knew

A simple way to bring a more youthful look to your face is by whitening your teeth. Over time, the things you eat or drink can cause your teeth to become increasingly yellow no matter how diligent you are with brushing. As long as your gums and teeth are strong and healthy, you should be able to safely whiten your teeth. Your dentist at Vancity Dental can examine your mouth before you begin any type of whitening process to ensure it is a safe and comfortable option as your health is always the top priority.

Avoid stainers

Smoking is harmful to our health in a number of ways, but it is especially damaging to the colour of our teeth. The tobacco in cigarettes leaves a brown stain that penetrates the enamel of the tooth, making it difficult to remove with regular brushing. Coffee, tea, and wine are also known teeth-staining culprits, so keep consumption at a minimum. You could also use a straw when sipping these drinks and try not to hold it too long in your mouth while drinking. Remember, anything that can stain a white cloth can stain your teeth.

Whitening toothpaste

Using a product on a regular basis will amount to small, gradual improvements in the appearance of your teeth. Even though all toothpastes have polishing abilities, whitening toothpastes have added polishing chemicals to accelerate the process. There are also whitening rinses that can reduce surface stains on your teeth. Because these products are over-the-counter, results will be minimal and take some time to be noticeable.

A professional touch

The quickest way to a whiter smile is to have your teeth professionally whitened using an in-office laser treatment. Your dentist will apply a protective substance over your lips and gums before administering professional-strength whitening gel. The gel is then activated using a special laser that penetrates the enamel of your teeth. This treatment is ideal for patients who have a special event fast approaching and need their teeth whitened quickly. In just one visit, your teeth could lighten by several shades.

If you have a few weeks to spare, or prefer to whiten between dentist visits, you could opt for custom-made home whitening kits. This is the most convenient way to keep your teeth shiny and bright with quick results. We can supply you with a custom-fit tray specific to your unique teeth, along with professional-strength whitening gel that you can safely apply by yourself. Simply wear the trays with the gel inside for a few hours each day or even overnight and watch your smile gradually whiten. In just two weeks you will see the full effects of the treatment. How long it lasts will depend on your habits as consuming staining beverages will yellow your teeth quicker.

We can recommend how often you should whiten your teeth and which methods are best for you during a consultation based on your lifestyle. Having crowns, fillings, bondings, and anything else in your mouth will also impact which whitening approach is best for you. Expert advice is important when it comes to your health, so do not hesitate to make an appointment and talk to your dentist about your concerns.

Invisalign vs Traditional Braces

Woman with white teeth smiling.

If you need braces, then you may be thinking about whether you want to get conventional braces or Invisalign. Traditional braces are the kind of braces that everyone had seen on their friends when they were children or on your children during their youth. Most youth or teenagers will have an easier time with traditional bracket and wire braces, partly due to the fact that so many of their peers have them at the same time. If you are an adult or older teen though, then traditional braces can be daunting due to their looks. This is why Invisalign is attractive to so many people because they are barely noticeable and are removable. There are limitations on Invisalign though, and they cannot always replace conventional braces. Here are the pros and cons of traditional braces and Invisalign.

Severity

One of the biggest cons of Invisalign is that it cannot handle all orthodontic problems because it has diminished control over tooth movement by comparison to traditional braces. If you have:
Severely rotated teeth (a tooth rotated more than 20 degrees from normal position)
Large teeth spacing (more than 6 mm of combined tooth gaps per arch)
Overcrowded teeth (Less than 6 mm per arch)
Extremely tipped teeth (teeth tilted more than 45 degrees from normal)
Severe overbite or underbite
Open bites (where anterior teeth do not touch, often due to thumb sucking or tongue thrusting)
Invisalign is getting better and better though. Now, you can use elastics with Invisalign thanks to attachments to help straighten your teeth. So while Invisalign is currently more limited than conventional braces, which can do pretty much anything given the right application, in the future, it may be able to do a lot more.

Staining

If you do not take proper care of your teeth while you are wearing conventional braces, then when the brackets have finally been removed the portions of your teeth that were exposed may be stained while the tooth covered by the bracket is not. To avoid this, make sure that you are brushing your teeth properly every day and avoid drinks that stain.

Decay

If you have Invisalign, then you have to take your Invisalign off to eat or drink (like a retainer) and put it back in after (you are allowed to drink water with your Invisalign in but no other beverages). If you do not brush your teeth before doing this, though, and if you drink things like soda with your Invisalign then you could end up with tooth decay.

Cost

In most cases, conventional braces are cheaper, especially if you are not compliant with your Invisalign use (you must always wear your Invisalign and not take it out).
Ineligibility
If you have crowns, bridges, or not all of your teeth have grown in, then you cannot have removable braces.

Aesthetics

The main reason most people consider something like Invisalign, especially adults, is that no one knows you are wearing it!

If you need braces and are thinking of Invisalign for yourself, but fear that your orthodontic issues are too severe for Invisalign, then there is a third option: using both conventional braces and Invisalign. Start out in traditional braces to get your teeth to the point where, while not perfect, they can finish the correction process in Invisalign which will shorten your time in conventional braces.

If you are looking for Invisalign in Vancouver or a dentist in Vancouver BC, then look no further than Vancity Dental. Our professional staff will help you decide on the best course of orthodontic care for you, whether Invisalign or conventional braces.