The human species is amazingly creative and innovative, so it’s understandable for you to be interested in the latest trends. You don’t want to be the person who is left behind. You want to be on the cutting edge. As it pertains to cosmetic dentistry, there is a trend that is generating a lot of buzz, and the expert on teeth whitening in Melbourne is well aware. He cautions you though, to not be eager to follow the charcoal whitening craze. Although he is a huge fan of innovation and new breakthroughs, he also knows that it’s important to vigorously test anything that goes in your mouth and makes contact with your teeth and gums. Learn the facts before jumping on the bandwagon.
What is Charcoal Whitening?
Charcoal whitening involves smearing a charcoal-derived black mixture on your teeth and then brushing for 3 to 5 minutes before rinsing. This is supposed to leave your teeth noticeably whiter.
The Issues with Charcoal Whitening
There are a few issues with this procedure that you should keep in mind.
- No Data to Verify It – The American Dental Association has neither evaluated nor approved any charcoal teeth whitening products.
- Concerns about Abrasiveness – There is also concern about the potential charcoal whitening being too abrasive. If this is found to be true, then the tooth’s enamel and dentin could be damaged. The danger here is that the tooth structure does not regenerate once damaged.
- Possible Discoloration – Another possible problem is the discoloration that can occur from the charcoal penetrating the enamel and staining the softer dentin. If this were to happen, then the only recourse would be to use some form of restorative dentistry.
A Safer Alternative
A safer alternative is to have your dentist in Melbourne guide your teeth whitening process through in-office visits or using the take home whitening tray system. The difference between this route and the charcoal whitening is that you’ll be using a method that is proven to be effective, safe and ADA approved. Also, by having your dentist guide you through the process, you are ensured that this method will deliver the results you want.
Achieve the goals and desires you have for your smile, but do it the right way. Reach out to your cosmetic dentist in Melbourne to get the process started, and prepare to walk into a world of more confidence and positive self-image.
About the Author
Dr. Ronald E. Richardson earned his Doctorate Dental Surgery from West Virginia University in 1981 and then went on to complete one year of general practice residency. He would go on to log over 25 years of experience, with an emphasis on cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry. Determined to continue learning, Dr. Richardson has completed the entire Pankey Institute program, the LSU Cosmetic Continuum, The Seattle Institute for Advanced Dental Education, and the PAC-Live (hands-on) cosmetic courses. He also lectures to national audiences, sharing the tips and techniques regarding the advanced areas of esthetic dentistry. Dr. Richardson practices at Creating Beautiful Smiles and can be reached for more information through his website.