Helllo everyone!! Have you ever gotten your teeth professionally whiten before? If you haven’t, I am sure you are curious to know what is it about and how it is being done right?
Teeth whitening is a simple process. Our whitening product contains hydrogen peroxide. This bleach material breaks stains into smaller pieces, which makes the colour less concentrated and your teeth brighter.
This procedure is called In-Office Professional Teeth Whitening. It requires only one office visit. We will apply a protective gel to your gums as to keep the whitening material only on the teeth, and then the whitening gel is applied to the teeth. A blue plasma light will then be attached to the retractors previously placed in your mouth to speed up the whitening process.
Well usually, I will blog about my patient’s experience. Today it will be more interesting as I will be sharing my own experience and story about whitening.
How did it all begin?
In other words, what makes me decide to do whitening on my own teeth?
I had been wanting to whiten my teeth for quite some time. As an avid caffeine drinker and ex-braces wearer, my teeth became more yellowish with time.
I look at people’s teeth every day and encourage them to have a perfect, white smile. Of course, I need to lead by example. A dentist must also have a beautiful & bright smile first! Don’t you think so? ;P
Another reason was because a few friends of mine resisted to do whitening as they don’t think it works.
They are also like me, love to eat and drink highly stained food. Coffee & tea lovers! Most Malaysian food like curry and ‘lauk lemak’ can contribute to teeth discoloration. So, they don’t think the whitening will be effective on their stubborn yellow teeth & whether it would last for them.
My result will be their testimony. I want to be a living proof that everyone can have white, sparkling white teeth regardless of their dietary habit. 😉
Most importantly, I would like to know how it feels like when my teeth is whiten. I want to be in my patients’ shoes and have the ability to be empathetic for them. I believe experience is the best life teacher.
So, one fine day, I finished all my patients slightly earlier than usual, and was free the whole afternoon. I thought that was the best time to do, so I asked for my colleague’s favour.
I had the luxury of 2 dentists treating me. Thank you to Dr. Adyan & Dr. Tan Ming Hoe for attending to my needs during the whole procedure.
Not to forget the supporting staffs of Centara clinic whom had been helpful. They kept teasing me during the procedure. Yes, this is the time they ‘bullied’ me. 😀
As usual, the same brand had been used. Zoom! Whitening brand consists of 4 cycles. 15 minutes for each whitening cycle.
The attending dentist will pause after each cycle to remove the saliva pool, change/replace the whitening gel and shine the plasma light until the 4th cycle ends.
Dr. Adyan carefully cleaned and prepared my mouth will all the equipment. First and 2nd cycle I did not feel anything.
My saliva flow increased a little bit. By the 2nd cycle, Dr. Adyan told me, “Your teeth looked really white!”
I was so excited!
I experienced mild to moderate sensitivity starting the 3rd cycle. The sensitivity varies between individual. It really depends on your pain threshold.
I was glad it was bearable for me.
I had it done at the end of the day as I want to make sure my stomach was already full and I don’t have to eat a lot after the procedure.
The (1-2 second) on-off sensitivity lasted only a few hours. I was perfectly fine the next day.
I really loved the end result. It is really worth the experience! And now I think I have a perfect, brighter smile now!
I actually have small composite fillings on my central incisors. Though even after whitening, I am glad that the composite shade does not differ much with my natural teeth. They just blend nicely up until today.
Theoretically, we need to wait 2 weeks to know the exact colour after teeth whitening. It is important for patient to realise this because if they don’t, they might be disappointed seeing the reduction in the whiteness within the first 2 weeks.
The teeth will be very white immediately after the procedure as they were very dry. The colour will stabilize after 14 days.
I will update my smile again after 2 weeks in this same post. It is important to also note that the colour/ shade of the teeth shown was not accurate due to the differences of the light and angle during which they were taken.
I always tell my patients, the photos are just for our record purposes. The real life appearance that counts and they understood. It is because they themselves could see the differences more in real life if compared to the differences in the photos.
It is also advisable not to take stained food 48 hours post treatment as the teeth are more porous and could take up stains even easier.
Being a stubborn dental patient myself, I still continued drinking my coffee (though with a straw) the next day. 😛
In conclusion, whitening works for me!!! Even though the colour stabilizes after 2 weeks, I believe there will not be so much different later. We shall see soon. I am happy with the fantastic outcome.
So, what are you waiting for? Make appointment for a brighter smile now 🙂 You deserve it!
If you have further questions regarding this post, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.