Would you love gleaming white teeth? A perfect Hollywood smile?
You are not alone!
We recognize beautiful white strong teeth is a sign of health, youth, and fresh breath. Whilst we acknowledge brown or yellow teeth as a sign of ill health, and bad breath. Let alone green teeth which just simply repulse us!
We have become obsessed with having white teeth because every time we pick up a magazine we are faced by gleaming ‘porcelain toilet’ white ones – thanks to good old Photoshop!
Although a quick glimpse back in history, shows white teeth have been on the agenda long before the advent of seductive Hollywood smiles and billion-dollar bleaching campaigns.
“People have been doing this for thousands of years,” says Dr. Scott Swank, dentist, and curator for the National Museum of Dentistry in Baltimore, Md. “The Greeks had formulations and at the beginning of the Renaissance, Europeans were certainly putting compounds on their teeth in a conscious effort to whiten them.”
“The Greeks had formulations and at the beginning of the Renaissance, Europeans were certainly putting compounds on their teeth in a conscious effort to whiten them.”
Unfortunately, those compounds were essentially the equivalent of today’s Clorox. “It ate the enamel away,” he says. “They had whiter teeth for a while, but then they started to see severe decay.”
Australians along with Americans have become obsessed with teeth whitening. It is the number one requested cosmetic service today even more so than Botox injections.
We spend a fortune on teeth whitening toothpaste, leave in trays and mouth wash.
The only problem is that we can over whiten our teeth and cause major damage.
“There are people who can never get enough,” says New York City dentist Dr. Irwin Smigel, president of the American Society for Dental Aesthetics.
“I’ve had situations where people have needed root canals because they’ve overbleached, where tissues were damaged. You can wear away some of the enamel and your teeth will become translucent and unnatural. They’ll become blue or blue-gray.”
And then there’s the burn.
A study in the Journal of the American Dental Association found half of the people who bleached their teeth experienced temporary sensitivity from whitening treatments, everything from mild tingling to burning gums to knee-buckling “zingers” and/or extreme sensitivity to sound or even air.
“Your teeth won’t fall out,” assures Martin Zase, president of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and a dentist in Colchester, Conn. “All of the products used in the dentist office are safe and most of the [over-the-counter] products are safe as well, but there are a few that are acidic and acidic products increase the likelihood of decay if you overuse.”
Bleachers should aim for a colour that matches the whites of their eyes. Anything whiter is going to look odd.
But why do all of the Hollywood celebrities have perfect white teeth? Why do they not have grey over bleached teeth?
Hollywood celebrities smiles are basically mouths full of veneers. They don’t simply bleach their teeth; they don’t have the original surface of their teeth. So these standards are impossible to achieve unless you too would like to have a mouthful of veneers.
You can have a teeth whitening treatment at the dentists or many beauty salons now also offer whitening treatments. Which give you beautiful white teeth, just not porcelain toilet seat white.
I was concerned that I would end up with severe pain from the whitening as I have sensitive teeth. So I upped my coconut oil pulling as it not only cleans the teeth and naturally whitens them, but it also strengthens the skin’s enamel as well.
I had the ‘Signature treatment’ – the most intensive of them all, which took 1 ½ hours even when they said the treatment time was 1 hour. The hour did not include the tray being removed twice and replaced with another tray. But this was not a problem unless I had only allowed one hour to have this treatment.
My teeth burnt – I am so glad I pre-prepped with a few weeks of regular oil pulling, they would have hurt even more!
My teeth came down 4 shades – which brought my teeth which were already reasonably white – down to the second whitest shade. They look white, but not porcelain toilet white – so not fake – just great, healthy and youthful!
I was told to not eat anything green or red for a month, nor drink coffee or red wine. All four loves of my life!
When I arrived home, my teeth were still killing me 2 hours later, so I popped a mouthful of oil in, and swished it around for 20 minutes – perfect – complete relief.
And against all instructions, I drank a glass of red wine (for medicinal purposes – pain relief) and was relieved that thanks to the oil pulling, when I gently brushed my teeth with a charcoal brush and whitening toothpaste, all red wine residue came off.
Coffee the next morning and loads of green veggies, after another oil pulling session for 10 minutes only – and all brushed off nicely again.
I still do my oil pulling every day, and brush my teeth with a charcoal toothbrush and whitening toothpaste. Around once per week, I use my whitening tray – and my teeth still look naturally white and I am delighted!
Definitely worth the pain! I was told I needed to return for another session in 6 months – I will go, if I manage to forget the pain I was in last time!
Also – PureSmile offers a dentist’s treatment, more expensive, but maybe opt for the care of a dentist next time – hoping that it will not be as uncomfortable or burn as much!
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