34 May 2011
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To Bleach or Not to Bleach?
by Jessica Chi DDS,
cost of the laser machines.
Over-the-counter bleaching solutions
are also becoming more prevalent. These
move around in the mouth, and because
the concentration of the bleaching agent
is much lower than that of professionally-
The Little Mermaid
by Angel Corrigan, Photography by Gretchen Schlie
Clinical Director, Shenton Dental Group usually consist of kits containing “one- delivered systems, they are not as
size-fits-all” trays (that may or may not effective.
be “customizable” to the patient’s mouth) Other over-the-counter bleaching n March 25th,
and bleaching gel. The concentration of products include whitening toothpastes Canadian Thizbe Balzer
the bleaching gel is typically lower than and rinses. Rather than altering the received a Gold Medal
veryone loves a Hollywood smile, including here pregnant women refrain from bleaching their teeth, but that of professionally-dispensed gels and intrinsic color of your teeth, they simply for her performance in the 2nd
in Singapore. Questions about teeth whitening overall, the products on the market today are very safe for remove surface stains through the use of Annual Singapore Swimming
appear to be a hot subject matter among patients. the general population. mild abrasives. Association’s Interschool Synchronized
And why not? Everyone deserves the chance to flash Some patients prefer in-office bleaching. This Keep in mind that not everyone is a Swimming Competition.
their dazzling pearly whites! But while the decision to procedure generally costs two to three times more than suitable candidate for teeth-whitening. Thizbe, just shy of 13 and
whiten your teeth may be simple, the various avenues by the home-bleaching method. Most of you have probably The pre-existing color of your teeth can the youngest to compete in her
which to accomplish this goal abound and can become heard of the BriteSmile® and Zoom!® systems, which dictate the treatment’s effectiveness. division, has been involved in
disconcerting. Which solution is right for you? Ultimately, both utilize powerful lights to accelerate the bleaching Individuals with grayish- or brownish- synchronized swimming for the
there is no right or wrong method to whitening your process. During the procedure, the teeth are isolated and colored teeth will not respond as well last four years. Her interest in
teeth. This article will familiarize you with the treatment the dentist applies peroxide gel to the teeth, similar to to a bleaching regimen as someone the sport started five years ago
options that are available. the take-home gel but of a much higher concentration. who exhibits more yellowish hues. when she saw that lessons were
At-home bleaching is a conventional method which An intense light is then directed towards the teeth which If you already have existing restorations being offered at the Speediswim
involves a professionally dispensed whitening kit activates the bleaching gel. After 15 to 20 minutes, the (i.e. fillings, crowns, veneers) on your Aquatic Sports Club. Thizbe
and incorporates an easy-to-use peroxide gel. Peroxides gel is washed off and the process is typically repeated two teeth, they will not be affected by the currently trains 8-10 hours a week
are oxidizing agents that actually lighten the tooth’s more times. whitening, and may even stand out more with Coach Maryna Tsimashenka
shade through penetration of the enamel. Impressions While results from in-office bleaching may be achieved after bleaching. Your personal habits and competes simply for love of
of your teeth are made first, and then custom bleaching more quickly, several scientific studies have shown that will also determine the effectiveness the sport. She has earned medals
trays are fabricated. The gel is applied to the teeth using the results may be unpredictable. Dentists still often of teeth whitening. Smoking and the in solo, duet and team events.
these bleaching trays, which resemble mouth guards. The recommend home-bleaching kits as an adjunct to the in- habitual consumption of red wine, coffee, In this Interschool competition,
duration of bleaching varies with the concentration of the office bleaching for touch-ups and reinforcement. Patients and tea will hasten the color relapse of Thizbe proudly represented the
bleaching gel, and can range from an hour to overnight. also tend to experience more pain and discomfort during the teeth. International Community School, Mr. Jeffrey Leow, President of Singapore Swimming
Manufacturers recommend wearing the trays daily the office procedure because the technique uses a higher In any case, there are many options where she is a student. Association, awards the gold medal in solo synchronized
swimming to Thizbe Balzer
for two weeks in order to achieve optimal results. In some concentration of peroxide and the heat from the light the trays are generally not as practical as a available to enhance your smile, whether Anyone interested in
cases, results appear even sooner. Some people experience source can be quite intense. custom vacuum-formed tray, which would through whitening or another form of synchronized swimming should
sensitivity in their teeth when wearing the trays, and There also lies some confusion between light-activated distribute the bleaching agent more evenly treatment. Your dentist contact Speediswim Aquatic Sports
if this occurs, it is perfectly acceptable to bleach the bleaching systems and laser bleaching. Actual laser-based over the surfaces of your teeth. will be more than happy to consult Club at 6765 5668 or visit them at
teeth on alternate days and still obtain effective results. bleaching systems use lasers of a specific wavelength to Plastic whitening strips have also come with you about your options and www.speediswim.com.
Occasionally, the bleaching gel may seep out of the target stains within the teeth, thereby causing these stains on the market in recent years, and they customize a plan that works especially
tray and cause minor gum irritation; therefore, avoid to become oxidized and breakdown. However, these above: Clinical Director, Jessica Chi are placed over the teeth that need to for you.
overloading the tray with gel. It has been suggested that systems are not as commonly available due to the high right: Dental Cleaning be whitened. However, these strips may Happy smiling!