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Dental Implants: A Guide for Seniors

If you are a senior considering dental implants, you may have to worry about issues other dental patients don't have to think about. For example, you may need more time to recover after receiving your implants. My name is Jodi, and I've been working with seniors for years. I decided to create this blog to help the seniors I can't meet in person. In this space, I'm going to post entries on everything related to dental implants and seniors. From tips on flossing implants after arthritis has claimed some of your dexterity, to guiding you through the implants-vs-dentures debate, this blog is designed for you. Thanks for reading. I hope you find what you need!



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Top Benefits Of In-Office Teeth Whitening

by Jimmy Carter

Teeth whitening has become one of Australia's most sought after dental cosmetic procedures. It can be attributed to the increased demand for pearly white teeth and a bright smile. In the past, people used to whiten their teeth at a dental clinic. However, at-home teeth whitening treatments are quite popular today, thanks to improved technology. As much as the convenience offered by at-home teeth whitening could be tempting, you should consider sticking to in-office procedures. This article highlights the benefits of in-office teeth whitening compared to at-home treatment options. 

Better Results Faster

Seeing your teeth begin to brighten is the most exciting part of the whitening procedure, and it encourages you to keep up with treatment. However, it is easy to stop treatment if it takes a long time to notice any changes. Unfortunately, it is precisely what some people go through with at-home teeth whitening treatment, especially when trying to brighten heavily discoloured pearly whites. In-office teeth whitening treatment is the opposite since it delivers brighter teeth within a short time regardless of the degree of discolouration. The reason is that a dentist can increase the amount of bleaching agent (hydrogen peroxide) during treatment. In fact, the first session is enough to notice some changes when you opt for in-office teeth whitening.

Brighter Teeth for Longer

Although the teeth whitening procedure is non-invasive, it can be counterproductive if you overdo it. For example, you risk eroding the enamel and weakening your teeth's structure. The best way to avoid repetitive teeth whitening procedures is to make the results last longer. As effective as at-home teeth whitening treatments are, the results tend to last a short period primarily because the products use a relatively weak bleaching agent. Conversely, in-office teeth whitening guarantees longer-lasting results because dentists use concentrated bleaching agents in a controlled environment. Besides, dentists will offer patients advice regarding foods and beverages to avoid, helping maintain a bright smile.

Reduced Chances of Accidents

Your teeth and gums will feel sensitive after a teeth whitening procedure, whether you do it at home or at a dental clinic. However, the degree of sensitivity varies depending on your treatment options. Notably, severe tooth and gum sensitivity are common with at-home treatment because of the increased risk of using too much bleaching agent. When a professional dentist performs the whitening procedure, patients experience less tooth and gum sensitivity because a dentist can regulate the amount of bleaching agent used during treatment. Furthermore, dentists try hard to protect the gums from direct contact with the bleaching agent.