Ask The Expert: What Do I Need To Know BEFORE Getting My Teeth Whitened?

Can you still eat food coloured with pigments that can stain teeth?
20 March 2020

Did you know teeth whitening works best on healthy enamel?

Smilefocus dentist Dr. Benard Siew answer all of these questions…

Teeth whitening is popular these days, but it is best done when supervised by a dentist. There are two types of professional whitening procedures: chair-side and take-home. Both are effective when they are carried out correctly.

Though you don’t need to have a dentist physically whiten your teeth in the clinic, it is still advisable to consult one and have him or her guide you through the process. Here are some dentist-approved tips on how you can get the best whitening results:

Inspect Your Enamel
Teeth whitening works on healthy enamel. You need to make sure that you have sufficiently healthy enamel. Otherwise, you are wasting your time and money. It is best that you optimise the condition of your teeth, otherwise you may not get the best results.

Clean Teeth First
You cannot whiten dirty teeth well. There have been cases where patients complain that they tried a whitening product only to discover that their teeth were so dirty that the whitening product could not reach the enamel surface.

Try Tooth Mousse
Tooth mousse contains CPP-ACP, a substance that helps your enamel remineralise. Remember, the better quality your enamel, the better its ability to whiten. Using tooth mousse can decrease sensitivity after whitening, too. Start using it at least two nights prior to whitening if you can.

Take Care Afterwards
When you whiten your teeth you have effectively removed the biofilm, a layer on your teeth formed by saliva. While it is colourless, it is highly prone to latching in stains on the first day of whitening from eating or drinking. To avoid staining, consume “white foods” – food or drinks that are not brightly coloured with pigments that can stain teeth such as berries and coffee – like cauliflower, cabbage, tofu and porridge. Alternatively, “stain” this layer in your teeth white with generous portions of tooth mousse.

After-care measures matter, too. Consider investing in an electric toothbrush, be sure to brush and floss twice daily, and though you should refrain from rinsing your mouth out after brushing, spitting is still allowed. It is also beneficial to use a take-home whitening kit every six months after a professional dental cleaning.

Dr. Bernard Siew is an Australian dentist who trained at University of Adelaide. He has practised in Singaporem for 17 years. Dr. Siew’s areas of interest include cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign aligners, dental veneers in porcelain and resin, as well as teeth whitening. His focus is on prevention and conservative therapy. Dr. Siew is experienced in full oral rehabilitation and implant prosthodontics including crowns, bridges and dentures.

1 Orchard Blvd., Camden Medical
Centre, Level 8, 248649
Tel: 6733 9882 / 6834 0877

From The Finder (Issue 302), March 2020

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