14 Days of Whitening – The Final Results

It has come to the end of the 14 day in-house whitening experiment the results have been mixed. I have noticed a significant difference with the two participants that used the hydrogen peroxide, while the other two not as a significant difference.

 

SDI Polalunimate

You can see from the images, there has been a change in the tooth colour. The participant has gone down a shade for when they first began treatment. Although the product did create sensitivity, the participant constantly used the Ivoclar Vivadent Fluor gel and was able to continue the experiment. The participant will continue using the whitening pen once a week to maintain her results.

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Participant 1

OralB Whitestrips

There has also been a difference with the use of the whitestrips. This participant is a smoker and you can see from the first photo she has whitened her teeth by a shade. The whitestrips are easy to use, and she highly recommends this product. She will be using this product again.

Participant 3 blog 3

Participant 2

 

Carbon Coco

The participant has notice the removal of the surface stains from her teeth. Although it was abrasive and made her gums bleed, she recommends using the Ivoclar Vivadent Cervitec gel twice a day if you experience sore gums. This product didn’t whiten the teeth as promised, but does clean well.

 

Paticipant 2 blog 3

Participant 3

 

 

Bi-Carb Soda

This participant noticed a small difference to her teeth. It has removed some of the surface stains of her teeth, but wont be doing this treatment again.

Participant 4 blog 4

Participant 4

 

To further cement my findings, I decided to get professional advised from a dentist Dr Stephen Vouliotis, who is situated in Clifton Hill Melbourne. Dr Vouliotis likened the structure of enamel to spaghetti strands and for any bleaching product to penetrate within those strands requires some form of peroxide. The peroxide requires 5 to 10 mins to penetrate into the enamel then the bleaching process begins. In order to gain results, you will need sufficient concentration of peroxide for a specified time. The longer you leave the product the more the teeth with whiten.  Most companies will have either 6% hydrogen peroxide or 18% carbamide peroxide, which is the most effective in-house whitening you can do without getting if done by a dentist.

Dr Vouliotis also states products containing natural ingredients like charcoal or Bi-Carb, only removes superficial loose plaque and tooth stains that have accumulated on the surface of the enamel. Due to the abrasive nature of the products they only reveal the current shade of the tooth bellow and it doesn’t alter the colour in any form. Dr Vouliotis recommends if you are prone to sensitivity when doing any whitening products to consult your dentist.  They will advise you on the right pre-treatments for you before beginning any bleaching product.

I have presented a few options for in-house whitening treatments. Whichever method you choose I advise that you research the product. I also advise that you prepare your teeth beforehand with a fluoride treatment and follow the instructions and precautions that have been set out by each company. As Dr Vouliotis advised please see your dentist before any treatment or if you’re unsure the product chosen is for you.

 

 

Feature Image supplied By John Tsatalios at Dreamingtree photography facebook.com/dreamingtree.oz

Dr Stephen Vouliotis – 264 Queens Parade, Fitzroy North Victoria 03-94891891

7 days of in-house whitening

The four participants have now been doing their in-house whitening treatment for 7 days. Let’s examine their progress. With any treatment, there will be some participants that will experience some issues, while others will be experiencing nothing.  It’s important to address any issues straight away during any treatment, as you may need to stop in order to prevent any further discomfort or damage to the enamel or the gums.

Each participant was asked the same questions reflecting on the use of the product, if they experience any discomfort, if so what did they do.

 

SDI Pola Luminate

After 7 days, there is clearly a difference in the shade of the enamel. The participant teeth were a A3 shade and seeing the photos you can see it has lighten. Hydrogen Peroxide can cause sensitivity to your teeth but is the most effective to use. There could be a number of factors that can cause this, but it’s important to stop and apply a desensitising agent that contains fluoride, potassium nitrate and phosphate. Products recommended are Ivoclar Vivadent fluor Protector gel, SDI Pola Soothe or GC tooth mousse. These products can be purchased through your dentist.

The participant began to feel some sensitivity on her lower left molar and this increase by day five the sensitivity had spread to all her teeth and was very uncomfortable. To reduce this sensitivity the participant was give the Ivoclar Vivadent’s Fluor Protector gel, which has helped her a great deal. As a result of this, she was unable to apply the pen twice a day for the recommended time of 30 minutes instead using the treatment every second day. Due to the sensitivity of the teeth the fluor protector gel has been used along with the SDI Pola with positive results.

Participant 1 blog 2

Participant 1

 

Oral B Whitestrips

Seven days of using the Oral B treatment, the participant has found it easy to use, and has not experienced any discomfort or sensitivity to the teeth. She has followed the instructions for use and applied the product each night for one hour. Her teeth were an A3.5 and has lightened to am A3 which is half a shade lighter. With these results and continuing use, the tooth colour should be in-between an A2-A3.

Participant 2 blog 2

Participant 2

 

Carbon Coco

Using this product for 7 days, there appears to have a small change in the colour of the teeth. Although it claims to be safe for gums, the participant found the product made the gums bleed and  had to stop treatment for two days and began using the Ivoclar Vivadent’s Cervitec gel to heal the gums. As the product is abrasive you really need to use an extra soft tooth brush and be careful not to press to hard when brushing. The powder is messy, and it was recommended applying the treatment whist in the shower for easy clean up. The toothpaste has a nice flavour and easy to apply. If you don’t rinse the product correctly it will leave black stains on your teeth and gums. The participant has continued to use the product along with the Ivoclar Vivadent’s cervitec gel straight after treatment and again at night.

Participant 3 blog 2

Participant 3

 

Bi Carb Soda

This natural product has shown some results. Although the participant found using the bi carb soda to be somewhat abrasive, it has removed some of the tooth’s surface stains.  The treatment was a mixture of  3 teaspoons of Bi Carb Soda and 2 teaspoons of water. Another option if you don’t want to use water is lemon juice.

Participant 4 blog 2

Participant 4

 

 

With 7 days into each treatment, the feedback has been mixed. So far, the Oral B whitestrips seem to be more patient compliant, while the SDI Pola luminate has shown the best results thus far. Carbon Coco and Bi Carb soda although abrasive, they have removed some of the surface stains of the teeth. The preventative products given to each participant with sensitivity and sore gums have assisted in continuing the treatment. The final results will be posted in blog 3.

 

 

In-house whitening, which one will you choose?

Teeth whitening has become part of every bride’s beauty regimen, and finding the right one is often confusing. Many brides ask me what is the perfect whitening product I would recommend, one that won’t cost too much as getting your teeth whitened by your dentist, but still obtain great results. In-house whitening has increased in popularity in the past couple of years, manly due to advertising on social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. This increase is also due to the different in-house whitening products on the market giving the consumer different options. Most of these products contain similar active ingredients and have comparable results.

I have been researching different products on the market and I have chosen four in- house products that hopefully will give you a guide when selecting the preferred treatment for you. I will be showing the progress of the products over series of three blogs over a 14-day period. Four participants have been selected to use these products and I will be documenting their progress with before photos and after photos. This first blog will be introducing each product that will be used by each of the participants. The second blog will be after seven days of treatment, while the third blog will show the end results.

The first two products that I have chosen are chemically based each containing hydrogen peroxide, but one has a higher concentration and only can be purchased through your dentist, while the other one can be purchased in any supermarket or chemist. The third and fourth products are natural, and have become very popular in the last couple years especially through social media.

When using any chemically based whitening products, it’s important to read the instructions of use along with the precautions given to you by each company. The main drawback of these products is the increase of sensitivity to the teeth. I will be also giving you some preventative products that can help you if you experience and discomfort. Please be mindful, if you have veneers, crowns or any other restorations these will not bleach. I also recommend that you start a fluoride treatment two weeks prior using these treatments, as they may help with sensitivity.

 

SDI Pola Whitening

SDI pola luminate image

This whitening system contains 6% hydrogen peroxide, and can only we purchased through your dentist. SDI is an Australian dental company, and have put a lot of research in their whitening range. There are different delivery forms, but for this experiment the pola luminate will be used. This is a paint on tooth whitening gel and is quick and easy to use day or night for 30 mins at a time. Pola luminate is economical as you don’t require bleaching trays and no chair time. Below is the before photo of participant 1 that will be doing the SDI Pola treatment.  For more information please go to www.polawhite.com.au

Participant 1 blog 1

Participant 1

 

 

Oral B 3D Whitestrips

Oral b whitestrips

This whitening system contains 5.25% hydrogen peroxide, and can be purchased through any supermarket, dentist, and chemist. The Oral B whitestrips come with an upper and lower strip and are easy to use. Simply place onto teeth and leave for an hour each night, and it claims you will start seeing results within the first week of use. Below is the participant 2 that will be undertaking the Oral B 3D Whitestrips. For more information please go to www.oralb.com

Participant 2 blog 1

Participant 2

 

Carbon Coco

carbon coco

Made will 100% certified coconut shell charcoal, this product claims that it not only brightens your smile, but improve your overall mouth health. This product also claims it removes toxins, stains and plaque from your teeth and wont damage your enamel or gums. Simply wet the toothbrush and dip into the jar and brush your teeth for 3 mins, spit out and rinse then brush with the activated charcoal toothpaste for a further 3 mins. Below is participant 3 that will be using the Carbon Coco. Foe for information please visit au.carboncoco.com

Paricipant 3 blog 1

Participant 3

 

Bi Carb Soda

Bi - Carb soda

This product can be purchased at any supermarket and is makes a great natural whitening due to its mild abrasive nature. If your goal is to remove deeper stains then Bi Carb soda will not be as effective, this is when you would need to choose a peroxide based product. Participant 4 will be mixing three teaspoons of Bi Carb Soda to two teaspoons of water, although you can use lemon juice.

 

Participant 4 blog 1

Participant 4

 

Preventative products

With any tooth whiten, you might experience sensitivity or if the product are too abrasive inflammation or bleeding of the gums. I have selected four products that you will need to purchase from your dentist.

Fluor Protector Gel – This product contains fluoride, calcium and phosphate. These ingredients protect the teeth along with repairing and strengthening the teeth. This product is recommended when your whitening your teeth. You can use this product two weeks prior you start your whitening treatment. For more information please visit http://www.ivoclarvivadent.com/en/p/all/products/prevention-care/fluoridation/fluor-protector-gel

fluor protector

Cervitec Gel – This product protects the teeth, gums, peri-implant tissue and is a must when using abrasive products such as charcoal and Bi-Carb Soda. Is helps and prevents inflammation of the gums while freshens your breath. For more information please visit, http://www.ivoclarvivadent.com.au/en-au/p/all/products/prevention-care/bacteria-control/cervitec-gel

cervitec gel

GC Tooth Mousse Plus – This product contains calcium, phosphate and fluoride, and is recommended for in-house/in-office whitening procedures. It helps provide extra protection for the teeth and assists in neutralizing acid from bacteria in plaque and internal external acid sources. For more information please visit http://www.gcaustralasia.com/gc-tooth-mousse-plus.html

 

GC tooth mousse

SDI Pola Soothe – This product contains 6% potassium nitrate and 0.1% fluoride gel. It relieves tooth sensitivity and it will wont interfere with the whitening process. This product can be applied before or after the treatment. For more information please visit www.polawhite.com.au

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The second blog will focus on any discomfort that any of the participants might be experience along with progressive photos. The third blog will see the final results along with pro and cons of each product. Hopefully, these series of blogs will help you in choosing the right in-house whitening product that will give you the results that you are after.

 

Feature image -Photo by Francesco Di Tito via Bridal Musings

 

 

 

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