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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
If you’ve decided that your teeth are looking a little stained or yellow, one of the first questions you might ask yourself is what’s the difference between teeth bleaching and whitening?
Do you choose to bleach or whiten your teeth to get the best smile you can?
So, what exactly is the difference between these two practices?
Difference between bleaching and whitening
The first thing to clear up here is that whitening is a general, catch-all term for any method which is intended to break up stains and remove discolouration from teeth. So, let’s look in more detail at the difference between the two.
Bleaching is a specific form of teeth whitening which involves using peroxide based bleach to eliminate stains and restore teeth to their pearly whiteness.
There are a number of different other forms of teeth whitening, from over the counter gels, pastes and strips, to natural remedies which have been around for hundreds of years.
If you’re deciding whether or not to whiten your teeth with a bleach based treatment, the first thing you should do is seek consultation with a professional who will be able to advise and guide you towards the treatment which is best for you.
Before you book an appointment, here are some things to keep in mind which can help determine whether or not bleaching is likely to be necessary for you.
There are two types of teeth staining; intrinsic and extrinsic.
Extrinsic is lighter, exterior staining of the tooth usually due to factors such as the food/drink you consume and smoking, whilst intrinsic staining can often be linked to medical factors, or age.
Of the two types of staining, intrinsic is heavier and definitely will require dental consultation for a possible bleaching treatment.
Extrinsic staining levels can vary; light extrinsic staining may benefit from other treatments other than bleaching such as whitening toothpaste, mouthwash, or natural remedies.
How does bleaching work and how does it differ from other whitening methods?
Teeth bleaching involves the application of either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide which penetrate tooth enamel, instigating an oxidising chemical reaction which breaks down and removes stains, leaving teeth shiny white as a result.
Bleaching teeth is more effective than milder methods of whitening; these latter methods are often better for maintaining whiteness once optimal whiteness has been achieved via bleaching.
The reason bleaching is so much more effective than gentler whitening methods is that it penetrates down to the enamel of the teeth where stains can be embedded and resistant to scrubbing and rinsing, etc.
When we talk about bleaching teeth, it’s important to bear in mind, however, that not all bleaching methods are the same; some are more effective than others. Let’s look at some of the various teeth bleaching procedures available, both at home and professionally.
The first thing to note is that bleaching at home and receiving a bleaching procedure from a professional are likely to be liable to different outcomes.
This is because Professional Whitening Technicians bleaching treatments will use a much higher percentage of bleaching agents and, as such, will be more effective.
Bleaching trays administered by a professional are also custom-made for more accurate results; at home generic bleaching trays can lead to uneven whitening results and gum irritation should the bleaching gel come into contact with gums.
Another thing to note when it comes to at home vs dental bleaching treatments is the cost; obviously getting your teeth bleached professionally will cost more but the results will be much more effective.
Bleaching is often supplemented by high intensity light exposure to speed up the process.
If you are bleaching your teeth at home this will likely involve an LED pen. Fully Qualified Professional Technicians will utilise a higher powered UV laser light for quicker and more efficient results.
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As bleaching is a bit more intensive than many other whitening methods, there are some risks to be aware of.
Bleaching can result in enhanced teeth sensitivity; this happens when the teeth become dehydrated as a result of the bleaching process.
This should never be long term and sensitivity should wear off between a few hours and a week.
As we’ve mentioned before, gum irritation is another factor to look out for, which is why custom bleaching trays from a clinic are preferable to generic ones you can buy and use at home.
Home bleaching also runs the risk of leaving teeth with an uneven finish, especially when using strips, as the bleaching agent may not reach the crevices of the tooth.
You should really always go to a qualified professional treatment to have tooth bleaching carried out.
If you decide bleaching your teeth is not for you – maybe you think the staining and discolouration is mild enough that it can be treated by other methods or you are wary of the risks of bleaching – what other methods are available?
Let’s look in a bit more detail at other whitening treatments.
Dental veneers offer an alternative means of creating a shiny white smile.
Made from porcelain, veneers have the added advantage of correcting other cosmetic flaws such as chipped or eroded teeth.
However, compared with whitening, veneers can be a pretty costly option.
You could combine veneers and whitening treatments; it’s best to talk to your dentist about this.
Whitening toothpaste and rinses are good ways to maintain your teeth a pearly white, but they don’t really work as an alternative to bleaching.
Rather, they’re ideal if you’ve had your teeth bleached and want to keep up the look for longer.
Similarly, eating certain foods (carrots, pineapples, bananas, and nuts) and avoiding certain beverages (coffee, red wine, cola) can help prevent staining of the teeth.
Again, if teeth are already extrinsically stained, these home whitening techniques like we’ve mentioned such as toothpastes, gels trays etc. won’t have a great impact on whitening them – rather, they’ll help keep teeth whitened after stronger treatments such as bleaching have been administered.
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