Can your smile ever be too white? You bet, according to the experts at Beauty Beat Blog. They recently proclaimed David Hasselhoff as the poster child of what not to do when it comes to teeth whitening.
The pictures of David and his girlfriend and “their whiter than white teeth on the pages of Hello! make their whole heads look superfluous. All you can see is the teeth.”
The objective is clean and healthy—not fake and tacky. This is the equivalent of plastic surgery gone wrong.
There are risks, too. Those who can’t stop bleaching may eventually end up dealing with some long-term damage to their tooth enamel that, in extreme cases, may be irreversible.
Moderation is key when it comes to teeth whitening. Using a whitening product every day can cause teeth to become brittle, dehydrated and more vulnerable to staining because the pores in the teeth are opened up and teeth don’t get a chance to restore their mineral balance. If you start to notice a bluish, translucent hue to your teeth, you may be overdoing it.
For the best and longest-lasting results—with the least risk of damaging your teeth—you should visit an oral care specialist for a professional-strength whitening treatment. Most commonly, the treatment will involve the application of a potent hydrogen-peroxide formula (in concentrations ranging from 15 to 35 percent) to the teeth. Then an ultraviolet light is shined onto the teeth for 20 to 40 minutes.
“The peroxide gel contains particles called photoinitiators, and when the light hits teeth, those particles get excited and accelerate the whitening.
Pearl Teeth Whitening Spa, for example, offers a terrific and affordable teeth whitening service in Vancouver. Additionally, the procedure is performed by a Registered Dental Hygienist to guarantee your safety and comfort.
One of the biggest problems that come with whitening is sensitivity of the teeth. But a little planning can help mitigate the symptoms. At Pearl Teeth Whitening Spa, they offer an optional fluoride based desensitizing treatment to reduce sensitivity. Taking ibuprofen before whitening can also help reduce the pain of sensitive teeth.
Remember moderation is key when it comes to teeth whitening. Different treatments have different strengths, so be sure to ask how many times it’s safe to whiten your teeth on a yearly basis.
Emma Johnson is the owner of Pearl Boutique, a clinic that specializes in teeth whitening. She is a registered dental hygienist and completed her diploma at Camosun College, which offers one of the best recognized dental hygiene programs in Canada. Emma also holds a health science degree in kinesiology from the University of the Fraser Valley.