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Keeping teeth white during lockdown

Keeping teeth white during lockdown

Well here we are in very unusual times with many of us stuck at home with not much to do except watch tons of Netflix and check out what’s new to buy online.

Once our practical activities are completed for the day, maybe it’s a good time to reflect on our appearances. Here we’re going to specifically look at improving our smiles ready for when we start meeting people again.

We have good news for you: Now is the time to reflect on your smile and see how it can be greatly improved and boost your confidence.

You’ll be surprised how many people actually neglect their teeth in lockdown, so let’s have a look at what good practises we can put in place to keep our teeth healthy at home.

One more question, how serious do we take our dental hygiene when we don’t have to see people face to face?

You might be lucky enough to have a job in today’s climate and working remotely from home via a web cam, so keeping up appearances can still be quite an important responsibility.

The first task which many of us can lapse into is not brushing our teeth on a regular daily basis.

The recommended times are at least twice a day. Once in the morning and again before bed. This will help towards keeping the teeth fresh,  good looking and clean keeping those unwanted stains and debris away.

So, it is need to maintain our dental health on a daily basis. Sometimes, it’s a real struggle during these times to get to the dentist, especially as they have a building backlog of patients ready for when they can operate again so prevention is better than cure.

There’s an age old saying: It’s better to build a fence at the top of a cliff than a hospital at the bottom.

The last thing anyone wants to risk is a suffering toothache, which makes brushing our teeth super important during these times.

Teeth Whitening during lockdown

As we’re discussing looking after our teeth during lockdown, then how can we maintain white teeth when we can’t easily get along to a professional teeth whitening provider?

We have written some great articles like the top 10 tips to keeping your teeth white which are certainly worth having a read, as we discuss in a bit more depth simple things you can do at home.

We are also dedicated to keeping our 24/7 support helpline open for any questions you have during this difficult time relating to teeth whitening, and the best and most suitable advice.

Cut down on sweets and sugar

How easy is it to pick up a bag of sweets, dip extra biscuits or have a few extra slices of cake during lockdown – very easy if you ask many people with a sweet tooth.

As well as the coinciding effects this can have on our weight, it will also be taking its toll on our teeth.

So, try and cut down on these guilty pleasures and be aware of the damage it can be doing to our teeth short term and long term.

Reduce high teeth staining habits

We mention these quite a lot through our site and discuss these in more depth here.

Again, when stuck indoors and working at home smoking more becomes more prevalent during lockdown. Let’s face it a fag break can be taken at anytime! Try and cut them down.

A lot of people smoke more at home simply with the added stresses lockdown can bring.

Our recommendation is to cut down smoking, or at least take up an alternative like e-cigarettes or vapes that don’t contain tar which can easily stain the teeth.

Children and Oral Dental Care

Children’s dental healthcare

Many countries all over the world do not have an awareness of dental health and especially giving kids the right supervision.

Even some adults may not look after their teeth well, so how much more important is it that we ensure our kids do.

By looking after and correctly supervising the health your child’s teeth, you are setting them up for the future to have healthy, dazzling white looking teeth which in time they’ll greatly appreciate.

There are various online surveys you can read about how vital children’s dental care is, and that it shouldn’t be neglected.

It’s really important to keep up to date as this will save you many trips to the local dentist in the future as well.

Oral Health should be a high priority

So, we hopefully have understood a bit more about keeping our teeth healthy and that oral heal should be a high priority not just for ourselves but for our kids as well during these lockdown times.

It’s always good to keep up with a new fresh toothbrush. Some people opt for an electric toothbrush which has its benefits, but most important a good hard toothbrush helps really remove those stains along with a whitening toothpaste.

If you are struggling to keep your teeth white, or you need that extra boost to kick-start the motivation for a whiter smile, then please get in touch and we’ll be happy to help you.

As ever, we love to hear your comment so please feel free to have your say below.

Star Whitening supports people during lockdown

COVID19, AKA as SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory diseases) is a virus spread from China that causes flu like symptoms with severe complications such as sepsis, septic shock, pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome, and death.

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Please keep looking after your teeth and if you found our article ‘Keeping teeth white during lockdown’, then we look forward to hearing from you.

If you have an enthusiasm for keeping your teeth white then you can also enquire about when to book a teeth whitening appointment for when the lockdown eases.

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Professional Teeth Whitening vs Home Kits

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The difference in results between professional teeth whitening and home kits

If you are contemplating whitening your teeth, one of the first thoughts that will arise is the difference between professional teeth whitening vs home kits, and whether you should you use a home kit, or seek professional teeth whitening treatment.

In either case, the first thing it’s recommended that you should do is to check the reviews and carry out extensive research; this will help you decide whether home treatments will be sufficient or if a professional teeth whitening appointment and treatment will be necessary. Let’s dig a little deeper and discuss Professional Teeth Whitening vs Home Kits some more below.

What treatment is best?

To give you an idea of what treatment might be best, it’s important to understand that there are different levels of staining and discolouration of the teeth.

Extrinsic staining refers to exterior stains, usually caused by dietary factors and lifestyle habits. Intrinsic staining is often medical in nature and, as such, will more than likely require professional attention.

In general, less severe staining and discolouration can sometimes be treated at home whilst heavier discolouration will likely need professional treatment for a more effective outcome.

Professional teeth whitening vs home kits

Professional laser teeth whitening

Professional Teeth Whitening

As far as professional teeth whitening procedures go, one of the most common involves the use of trays which are custom made for the patient, and ensure optimal coating of the teeth with minimal irritation to gums.

Another benefit of having a custom tray treatment with a professional is that the treatment bleaching gel has a higher degree of peroxide, making it more efficient and leaving your teeth whiter for longer. The most effective professional teeth whitening methods use laser teeth whitening.

Going to a fully qualified whitening technician for teeth whitening treatment is generally also safer than attempting an at home treatment as you will be under the constant care and attention of an experienced professional. Star Whitening offer mobile teeth whitening treatments as well that will visit your chosen location.

However, this option can be quite expensive in comparison, but the results can be much better!

Teeth Whitening Laser Technology

Teeth whitening laser-based technology, sometimes referred to power whitening, is another professional form of teeth whitening that you can receive.

Similar to the at-home LED pen method, this involves coating the teeth with a bleaching product. But instead of an LED pen, high power UV light is used to enhance and quicken the action of the bleaching agent.

This produces much better results than the relatively low powered LED equivalent. Star Whitening use 3 types of laser light red, blue and purple.

Home Kits

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Ross from Friends tried out his own teeth whitening gel

For all those ‘Friends Fans’ out there, remember the time when Ross tried to whiten his own teeth, and he seemed to go a little over the top.

Well, there are many different approaches to whitening your teeth at home – let’s examine the most popular ones in a bit more detail.

Whitening toothpaste and rinses are two of the simplest, cheapest and easily accessible approaches to home teeth whitening.

Whitening toothpastes contain things such as silica which offer greater levels of abrasion towards staining compared to regular toothpaste.

Similarly, whitening mouthwashes boast added ingredients such as hydrogen peroxide which you won’t find in standard mouthwashes. Again, the effects of these can be quite gradual however, and are definitely not as deep-cleansing as bleach-based methods.

As such, they might be better suited to use for keeping teeth white after a more rigorous whitening method has been applied – especially in cases of more severe initial discolouration.

Gel strips are small strips which are applied directly to teeth for up to two hours daily.

These are handy as you can apply them whenever is convenient for you without the time and expense of a dental appointment.

However, a reported issue with gel strips is that they can sometimes leave an uneven finish, owing to the fact that the strips don’t get at the crevices of the teeth.

Whitening trays are another popular home-based treatment. These are bitten down so that the gel inside whitens your teeth quickly.

Home trays are not customised to your teeth, however, which raises risks of gum irritation if the peroxide based gel makes contact with the gums.

As with gel strips, this method can also run the risk of inconsistencies and unevenness in the finish.

A method which is considered a bit more effective than strips or trays is LED teeth whitening pens.

This involves coating the teeth with a whitening gel and placing a guard to prevent contact of the gel with lips.

An LED pen is then utilised to speed up the effects of the gel. In cases of heavier staining and discolouration, an LED pen will not prove as effective as the UV laser method a professional can administer.

Professional teeth whitening vs home kits

So what are the benefits of using teeth whitening kits at home?

Teeth whitening at home is unquestionably going to cost less than a qualified technician for professional treatment, which is important to bear in mind if budget is a concern.

Whitening teeth at home is also a lot more convenient for many who are time-pressed to get an appointment; you can do it at home whenever is convenient for you.

Dental appointments for teeth whitening treatment can be expensive and there can also be a waiting period before you can start treatment.

Star Whitening offer a mobile teeth whitening service and are open weekends and evenings for appointments to help make the treatment convenient for clients.

Downside to Home kits

The downside to whitening teeth at home is that you are unlikely to achieve such rigorous results as you would with a Qualified Technician.

Home bleach based treatments tend to use a lot lower percentage of peroxide and are therefore less effective, especially when it comes to heavy staining and discolouration.

Home LED pen based treatments, whilst much cheaper, will never match the and outcome of having your teeth whitened professionally using a UV laser treatment.

Whitening your teeth at home can also carry some risks such as gum irritation from misapplying gels or strips, or teeth sensitivity as result of leaving a treatment on for too long and dehydrating the teeth.

Clinical teeth whitening should always be carried out by a Fully Qualified Teeth Whitening Technician to ensure optimal safety and effectiveness.

In conclusion, for the best results under the safest conditions, the professional teeth whitening route is the go-to option, but it is of course more costly.

For less heavily discoloured teeth, a home kit may suffice; again, it’s best to have a conversation with a professional first before you decide which route.

Please have your say below as we love to publish your comments – What’s your thoughts on Professional Teeth Whitening vs Home Kits?

You can also check out professional teeth whitening prices here.