Dentures: Facts, Figures and Friendly Advice for Seniors

Dentures: Facts, Figures and Friendly Advice for Seniors

The 50 Shades of White: DIY Teeth Whitening and Why You Should Keep Your Distance

Herman Kim

As Christmas quickly approaches, you might be looking for the quickest and easiest way to give your smile a boost bearing in mind all the Christmas parties, nights out with friends and the many photos with family and friends.

There is a desire to look your best, and of course, as a DIY enthusiast, you're all armed with your natural teeth whitening remedies, whitening toothpaste, and whitening strips to begin your '50 shades of white' journey.

When it comes to teeth whitening, DIY methods may often promise great results in no time, but they can do more harm than good and its best to avoid them at all costs. Here are a few reasons why you should keep your distance and stick with teeth whitening solutions from qualified dentists.

You won't get the results you're hoping for

DIY teeth whitening struggles to deliver the same quality of finish that you'd receive after receiving professional teeth whitening treatment. Sometimes the results can be uneven with some patches whiter than the other.

If you must whiten your teeth at home, consider a professional home whitening kit from your dentist, as the mould fits perfectly around your teeth. Alternatively, you can achieve brilliant results in no time through power whitening treatment at your dentist's office.

Can cause damage to your teeth

Another reason to avoid DIY teeth whitening is that you can damage your teeth in the whitening process. Home remedies such as hydrogen peroxide and lemon juice contain acids that eat away your teeth enamel, which can result in permanent teeth damage.

DIY whitening kits and natural remedies require regular use to take effect. More bleaching or gelling of your teeth can cause teeth sensitivity or even severe pain in the mouth or even needing to have your teeth removed and replaced.

Can least to gum irritation and nerve damage

Other than uneven whiteness and blush enamel, DIY teeth whitening can cause gum irritation and nerve damage. Chemicals in DIY teeth whitening remedies can seep into unfilled cavities or cracked teeth causing internal pain due to gum and nerve damage.

Also, once the enamel becomes permeable due to overuse of DIY whitening kits and remedies, it can irritate or even damage your nerves in the long run.

The safe alternative

When it comes to whitening your teeth, its best to discuss your options with a professional dentist rather than opt for DIY home options. Your dentist is likely to have the latest and safest teeth whitening solutions that will last longer compared to DIY versions. To make sure you have the whitest, brightest smile turn to professional teeth whitening options.


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Dentures: Facts, Figures and Friendly Advice for Seniors

I am a senior who recently began wearing dentures, and before I got them, I spent a lot of time researching types of dentures and alternatives. Now, that I have my dentures and my research is complete, I need something new to fill my time. So, I decided to create a blog. "Why not put what I learned to use?" I thought. In this blog, I hope to share facts and figures about dentures and offer a little friendly advice along the way. Learn how many other Australians wear dentures, explore alternatives to dentures and figure out which options are best for you. Thanks for reading!