To Bleach or Not to Bleach - Shenton Dental

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               American Association of Singapore: Singapore American                                                         health & Wellness                       health & Wellness                                                                            American Association of Singapore: Singapore American
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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    
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!

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