Natural Ways To Whiten Your Teeth

Before embarking on whitening your teeth using bleaching agents, have you tried natural ways to improve your smile?

The key to whiter teeth is good oral hygiene. Whilst some people have genetics on their side and have naturally whiter teeth than others it is still possible to improve your smile the natural way.

This information is also important in maintaining your white teeth after any professional or home whitening  treatments.

Preventing stains

Most people have teeth whitening done to remove the stains of everyday eating and lifestyle. There are ways to stop your teeth from becoming stained and certain foods and habits to avoid. These extrinsic (external on the surface of teeth) stains can be removed by a good clean by your oral hygienist.

  • It goes without saying that nicotine is an agent that stains teeth, so stopping smoking is one clear way to improve the look of your teeth.
  • Herbal and black teas also stain teeth
  • Coffee stains teeth so cut down on the amount you drink and brush your teeth afterwards
  • Red wine is another culprit that stains teeth
  • Spicy foods, such as curries often contain strong colourings that can cause staining of the teeth.

Maintaining good oral hygiene and preventing stains

  • Brush your teeth morning, night and after eating – for at least two minutes using a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Drink water throughout the day – this will keep your mouth clean and is better for you than tea or coffee!
  • If your dentist advises it – chewing sugar free gum can also help maintain good oral hygiene
  • Floss daily – in between your teeth – keeping this area plaque free will avoid creeping stains and gum disease
  • Have your teeth regularly cleaned at your dentist – a professional scale and polish can remove many every day extrinsic stains.


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What might go wrong with teeth whitening?

It is not sensible to embark on whitening your teeth without an understanding of the potential risks or harm from the process. Here at Whiter Smile, we want our customers to enjoy the benefits of whiter teeth without any harmful side effects.

jen-with-penWe strongly advise against using an unlicensed practitioner to whiten your teeth. If you prefer to have your teeth whitened by someone else then the only sensible solution is to use your dental surgery for the procedure. It is safe to whiten your teeth at home if you follow the instructions carefully, but even then you must be aware of potential risks and side effects.

Potential risks of teeth whitening

Teeth whitening products use various concentrations of hydrogen peroxide and other oxidising and bleaching agents to remove stains from the tooth’s surface. The process is permanent and any effects are irreversible. If you repeatedly whiten your teeth it may cause long term damage to them. The concentrations of bleach/hydrogen peroxide are strictly limited by dental associations and no product containing more than 6% of these whitening agents should be found in any home whitening products. Similarly any products using more than 6% concentration should only ever be used by licensed practitioners.

Does having my teeth whitened hurt?

While having your teeth whitened you may feel a sharp pain inside the tooth that is being whitened. Often you can feel a bubbling sensation on the surface of the teeth as the agent reacts with the stains. Occasionally you may experience a dull ache in the teeth after whitening. If pain persists you should contact your dentist immediately.

What actual damage is possible from teeth whitening?

Some effects of teeth whitening are temporary and others can be permanent. The bleaching agent can react with the enamel of your teeth and this is the most significant potential risk as if the enamel is weakened this cannot be reversed. Potential side effects are listed below.


  • Chemical burns to the mouth and gums – more likely if the treatment is carried out in an unlicensed location, such as a beauty salon or kiosk.
  • Lessening of the strength of resin based fillings – potential for these to be loosened and to need replacing
  • Unevenly whitened teeth if agent applied incorrectly
  • No change in colour of crowns and veneers – these should be replaced or the result will be unevenly coloured teeth
  • Damage to the enamel surface of the teeth
  • Increased tooth sensitivity – this can be temporary or permanent
  • Irritation to the throat and mouth if the bleaching agent is swallowed
  • Blistering of gums and mouth

It is crucial that you do not have your teeth whitened by an unlicensed practitioner and that you only buy teeth whitening products for home use from a professional company. Home products must be approved for use at home and contain less than 6% bleaching agent.

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

The main difference between dentistry and cosmetic dentistry is the reason for carrying out the treatments. When you visit your dentist they are interested in maintain good oral hygiene, fixing cavities and improving the functioning of your teeth by repairing any damage. Most dentists are also keen to educate in the ways in which you can keep your mouth, gums and teeth in good health.

A cosmetic dentist is there to help you improve the appearance of your teeth. We all would love to have a healthy mouth, but most of us would also like to have an appealing white, bright smile.

cosmetic-dentistCosmetic dentistry may involve more than just whitening our teeth. It may be that we have crooked teeth, or uneven spacing between the teeth and therefore are self conscious about smiling. Although a neat row of straight white teeth is an ideal for many; there is nowadays a growing acceptance of a more natural, perhaps even slightly uneven look as being an acceptable smile, but generally we all still aspire to whiter teeth!

The most popular request for a cosmetic dentist is to improve the colour of the teeth.

Different teeth whitening and cosmetic procedures available from a cosmetic dentist

  • Teeth bleaching to remove brown or yellow stains
  • Abrasive teeth whitening
  • Laser teeth whitening – growing in popularity

If teeth are not suitable for the use of acid type agents then other procedures can be carried out

  • Veneers can be applied to teeth that do not respond to whitening procedures. These are very thin custom made laminates bonded directly onto the surface of the teeth. They can be useful for disguising gaps and creating a more even look to the teeth.
  • Contouring and reshaping the teeth is another procedure used to deal with chipped, cracked misshapen teeth
  • Enamel bonding whereby an enamel coat is applied to the tooth’s surface and once hardened it is shaped and polished.
  • If you have a missing tooth then a dentist can create a bridge with crowns affixed to the tooth each side of the gap and a false tooth between to replace the missing tooth. These are permanent fixtures unlike dentures which can be removed.
  • Some cosmetic dentists will offer dental implants but these are only suitable for certain people and in particular circumstances.
  • If your gums are uneven then a cosmetic dentist can also perform a gum lift to create a more even smile.

Should you decide to go ahead with cosmetic dentistry then make sure that you are dealing with an accredited practitioner who is licensed to carry out the treatment that you favour. Certainly you should go for a consultation before making any decisions to change the nature of your teeth.

Wedding Day Whiter Smile

For most of us, having our photograph taken can rank anywhere on a scale of 1 to 10 depending on our confidence level. For those of you without a “perfect smile” you may have a lot of pictures of you with a closed mouth! You may well look at those pictures and be disappointed that the happiness you felt was not shining through. We often feel that only a wide smile showing our teeth is a true reflection of happiness and this can be an issue if your teeth are stained or crooked.

This may not be that much of a problem until we come to a crucial moment in our lives; getting married. Weddings are characterised by a lot of photographs, and nowadays video of the event. The bride and groom are constantly on show and their every move, laugh and cry is recorded. Worse, for the bride, the tradition of white bridal gowns can highlight even further the lack of a white smile! Many brides choose a softer ivory coloured gown for this important occasion as brilliant white can be somewhat unforgiving a colour to wear if you are pale skinned for example.


The last thing the happy couple want is for their special day’s photographs to be spoilt by a yellow or crooked smile on their faces! Many couples turn to teeth whitening for this special day; both to improve their smile’s appearance and to boost their confidence about smiling in the first place.

Wedding day teeth whitening

Traditionally we think of women being more concerned about their appearance. However, a wedding is just as important for the groom as the bride, so more and more men are also turning to their dentist for help in achieving a whiter smile for that special day.

The simplest procedure to achieve a photogenic smile is bleaching the teeth. This can be done either at the dentist or by using a home treatment. Another option that is becoming very popular is laser treatment of the teeth, more expensive but it shows good results.  It is a good idea to do this treatment several weeks before the wedding day to allow for the teeth sensitivity to settle down. It would be a shame if none of that wedding buffet could be consumed because your teeth are still sensitive from whitening!

If there are more significant problems with your teeth, such as chipped teeth, broken teeth or even missing and crooked teeth then other procedures need to be considered. It would be sensible and advisable to consult a cosmetic dentist well in advance of the wedding day to determine the best procedure for improving your smile.

Options available are veneers which are thin plastic or enamel coverings for discoloured or crooked teeth.

Alternatively you may need some more significant contouring or reshaping of the teeth to achieve the desired outcome. If you have missing teeth then implants are an option but these should be carried out by a registered and certified practitioner and the procedure needs to be booked well in advance of your wedding day.

Enjoy your special day!

images (5)Whichever treatment you choose; plan this in advance. Your wedding day is a very special moment in your life. There is no need to allow self-consciousness about your teeth to ruin the day. Start with a consultation with your dentist and a good professional clean, scale and polish. From there you can decide which treatment would best suit you. Then you can spend your wedding day smiling to your heart’s content and enjoy the photographs afterwards!

The effect of food on whitened teeth

images (4)So, you have spent your money on whitening your teeth, now you need to learn how to maintain that whiter smile. Whichever procedure you chose, whether through your dentist or buying a home teeth whitening product; it would be a shame if all that money and effort went to waste.

However, every day we consume foods that are harmful to our teeth. Most of us know that fizzy drinks and too much sugar will cause plaque acids that may result in cavities. How many of us realise that our every day routines are putting us at risk of staining our teeth?

Top culprits for teeth staining

  • Coffee, black or white, with or without sugar, (extra damage) – it stains your teeth! Yet we drink several cups a day and rarely, if ever, brush our teeth after drinking it.
  • Tea is no better. Did you ever do that History project where you took paper and dipped it in tea to make it look like old parchment? Yep, tea stains pretty well. Black teas and herbal teas are even worse. Just take a look at your cup after drinking these and you will see the evidence.
  • Natural foods are often used as colourings and their staining properties end up on our teeth. So, turmeric and paprika in curries; blueberries in our muffins; soy sauce and fizzy coloured drinks full of artificial agents that not only stain our teeth but weaken the enamel.
  • Staining is not the only damage certain foods can cause. If you constantly consume very hot beverages, they can also weaken the tooth enamel. After you have your teeth whitened they are more vulnerable to these attacks and so you should take extra care.
  • Red wine is another tooth staining culprit, so drink in moderation.
  • Probably the worst offender is nicotine. You owe it to your teeth and your general health to quit smoking, chewing tobacco or using snuff.

How to manage food and teeth staining

Obviously you may not want or be able to avoid all foods that affect your teeth so there are some general guidelines to observe.

  • Brush your teeth after eating where possible
  • Chew sugar free gum unless advised not to by your dentist
  • Rinse your mouth with water after eating or drinking if you cannot actually brush your teeth
  • Floss daily as this removes hidden matter that can increase decay and attack the enamel
  • Drink in moderation – substitute water for the worst culprits of tea, coffee and red wine
  • Avoid fizzy drinks with artificial colourings
  • Quit smoking – your teeth and your health will thank you for it!

Is tooth whitening right for me?

thinking_woman1Not everyone’s teeth are suitable for whitening. It will depend on the health of your teeth and gums. If you have a lot of crowns, fillings or veneers that may also limit your suitability for teeth whitening. You also need to consider the reason that your teeth are stained. Certain stains will respond less well to teeth whitening products than others.

The most important step when considering whether you should whiten your teeth is to consult your dentist. Understand that a consultation does not commit you to using your dentist for later treatment. You are being sensible and getting an expert to assess your teeth before making any further decisions. If you go ahead with teeth whitening without a proper assessment of your teeth you may risk further discolouration, damage to your teeth and gums and/or heightened teeth sensitivity.

What your dentist will do when assessing your suitability for teeth whitening:

  • Check your general health by asking a few questions about medication you are taking and any previous treatments you have had
  • Diagnose the cause of any grey or yellow discolouration of your teeth.
  • Check your gums for any inflammation or recession
  • Decide whether your fillings, veneers and crowns need replacement as they will not change colour when whitened
  • Identify any factors that may reduce the effectiveness of teeth whitening, such as antibiotic staining
  • Go over the different methods of teeth whitening to identify the best methods
  • Discuss the possibility of teeth sensitivity and how to manage this

Before you consider a teeth whitening treatment, check the following:

  • Have you had your teeth professionally cleaned and scaled? This may improve the appearance of your teeth significantly.
  • Have you had your teeth assessed for suitability for teeth whitening by a dentist?
  • Has your dentist, recommended the treatment? If they have warned you against teeth whitening for serious medical reasons, heed their warning!
  • Have you fully researched the side effects associated with tooth whitening and understand them?




Hollywood – Home of Teeth Whitening!

Celebrity Smiles

images (3)If you are a celebrity then you are constantly on show. In addition, the glare of catwalk lights for models, cameras and movie studio lighting are not kind to tired faces! Make up will hide the late nights but no cosmetic has been found, yet, to transform discoloured teeth into white gleaming smiles.

So, to look good in front of the press and to look great for their fans; most Hollywood stars and big shots want a whiter smile. There is also a certain amount of pressure to maintain a youthful look in Hollywood and white, even teeth is often seen as a sign of youth.

Hollywood has a long history of “improving” movie stars’ appearance to conform to an ideal of beauty, men and women alike. While there has been something of a backlash against the whole youth ideal there is still plenty of business in Hollywood for cosmetic dentists. In fact, the general public have in some ways benefitted from this. More effective and efficient ways to enhance the whiteness of people’s teeth have been driven by the A list’s desire to look beautiful. These techniques are now available to most people at a more affordable price than ten years ago.

Top of the popularity chart in teeth procedures is still teeth whitening. Evidence of poor diet and late nights smoking and drinking can be seen very clearly on teeth and removing that evidence is big business.

New procedures are developed every year and teeth whitening products are now available for home use as a result of developments in cosmetic dentistry.

Favoured procedures in Hollywood

Bleaching away the brown and yellow extrinsic stains on teeth is still the most common procedure and available to all, regardless of star status, but subject to funds in your bank!

images (2)Stains that are intrinsic are harder to remove and so, veneers are very popular to, literally, cover up those stains. Intrinsic stains can be the result of too much fluoride, antibiotics and general aging of the teeth. Some laser treatments have reported success in removing these stains and Hollywood cosmetic dentists continue to develop new methods to deal with both extrinsic and intrinsic staining.

Next on the popularity list is straightening crooked teeth to give an even smile. This can be achieved by a combination of crowns, veneers, bonding and contouring, depending on the nature of the uneven teeth. It has become fashionable for models to keep a small gap in their teeth which previously would have been covered up. The idea is that the smile looks more natural as a row of perfectly straight brilliant white teeth can look a bit artificial.

Nowadays, although advertisements for teeth whitening products often refer to a Hollywood smile, more and more people are whitening their teeth to achieve a natural look rather than an over dazzling artificial whiteness.

Fast Facts about Teeth Whitening


Before deciding to whiten your teeth, use our checklist below to make sure you are well informed! Once you know about the ins and outs of teeth whitening feel free to browse our articles for more detailed information or visit our website to check out our products.

Should I whiten my teeth? Who can tell me?

However much you want a whiter smile; some teeth are just not suitable for whitening and you need a proper assessment before committing yourself to the procedure. You need a health check of your teeth and gums; available from any good dentist. Be sure your teeth will not be damaged by whitening before you go any further.

What results can I expect?

In reality most people achieve a one to two shade improvement in the shade of their teeth. For some this might be a disappointing result, so you must check with your dentist or use a shade guide to determine your possible outcome. It depends on what has caused the staining on your teeth; yellow stains generally come up cleaner and brighter. Chemical stains that are grey can be improved but may not be entirely removed. The other thing to remember is that the result should look natural!

Dental assessment – the right way

A good dentist will check both the type of staining on your teeth and the state of the teeth themselves. A proper assessment will include checks on gum health, enamel thickness, any tooth decay and your existing restorations, e.g. crowns, fillings and veneers. The staining should be assessed to determine whether it is superficial, surface only or extends inside the teeth. Only a properly qualified dentist is able to do this, so do not skimp on this step!

What might go wrong?

Generally teeth whitening is a low risk process; but if the wrong treatment is used, or it is applied incorrectly you could do harm to your teeth and gums. Common mistakes are using the incorrect strength of treatment and leaving it on for the wrong length of time .

Possible harmful outcomes

  • Heightened to severe sensitivity in the teeth
  • Damage to gums; soreness, inflammation and blistering
  • If the bleaching agent is swallowed you can affect the oesophagus and the stomach lining, causing bleeding
  • The tooth enamel can be weakened and softened
  • Your crowns and veneers will not change colour as a result of the bleaching. So, either have them replaced or end up with a mouthful of multi-coloured teeth!
  • It is important to remember that the official level of whitening ingredient is 6%. Higher doses will not make the teeth whiter, quicker; it is likely to cause a myriad of problems, so only choose a reputable supplier for your products.

Teeth Whitening Checklist

images (1)If you want a whiter smile, make sure you are fully informed before starting any treatment. Use this checklist to remind you of what you need to do before embarking on teeth whitening.

  • Consult your dentist – get a full assessment of the health of your teeth and gums
  • Try a professional clean and scale; your dental hygienist can often schedule this and ensure that your teeth are clean both on the surface and between the teeth and gums.
  • Does your dentist recommend any specific treatment?
  • Have you fully read and understood the potential risks?
  • Have you checked the product ingredients on any home whitening products?
  • Check the credentials of any supplier of teeth whitening products
  • Be realistic about the results you can achieve.
  • Follow ALL instructions on home whitening products, to the letter!

Make sure you have answered all your queries before embarking on any form of teeth whitening.

Dental Veneers to Help you Smile

An alternative to teeth whitening is to have dental veneers applied to your teeth. These are particularly effective where your teeth are chipped, worn and irregular.

Types of veneer

A dental veneer is a thin layer applied directly to your teeth, requiring a small amount of enamel to be removed and the veneer to be bonded to your tooth. You can choose from composite resin or porcelain veneers. The former are less expensive but porcelain veneers are tougher and tend to be longer lasting. Theses veneers can be made and applied in the dental surgery itself as long as your dentist has the equipment. This type of dentistry is most commonly performed by a cosmetic dentist. It can correct misaligned, chipped, cracked and worn out teeth.  The veneers themselves are indistinguishable from real teeth and have a very natural look.

Having veneers applied

The procedure is done in the dentist’s chair and will take anything from an hour to three depending on how many veneers are being applied. Prior to application the teeth need to be measured and preparation work done. Any gum issues or plaque or decay must be dealt with first. Veneers need a clean and disease free surface before application.

Teenagers and those adults who grind their teeth are not suitable candidates for veneers as they are likely to break them!

You should discuss with your dentist the overall colour of your teeth as if you are not having veneers attached to all teeth you need to match in the colour for an even look.


Taking care of dental veneers

You can brush your dental veneers in exactly the same way as you brush your natural teeth. Flossing is also recommended as it keeps the spaces between your teeth free from debris and decay. Although both composite resin and porcelain are pretty tough it is a good idea to avoid certain foods and actions with dental veneers. Hard nuts and candies are not a good idea as you risk chipping or breaking the veneer. If you are a pencil chewer, then stop! Basically do not put your veneers under unnatural strain, so no opening beer bottles with your teeth.

Keep your appointments with your dentist as they can check your veneers and ensure that all is well. Whiter Smile is Australia's LARGEST and most TRUSTED teeth whitening superstore!