Whitening Strips vs Laser Teeth Whitening

Whether you’re going on a date or meeting an important client, whether you’re answering the door or strolling down the park, there is always one compliment that can be heard universally: “you have such a great smile!”

Depending on your situation, this may be a blessing or a boon. Should I show me teeth or should I hide them? Should I brush my teeth more or should I simply floss more often? Should I go for laser teeth whitening or whitening strips?

Everyone will agree that a smile goes a long way. So, how do we make that smile better? Which solution is the best for you?

I just want it to be simple
If you’re not focused mainly on quality but would rather try out a solution that’s simply within reach, then it’s clear that whitening strips are definitely the DIY approach while laser teeth whitening requires planning and meetings with a qualified dental practitioner.

I feel that my problems are more serious 
Some of our problems are skin deep. Are your teeth in the same situation? Although whitening strips are easy to get, suffice to say that it may not be as potent as laser teeth whitening. The powerful lasers used by the accredited dentists tend to go deeper and, in a way, clean your teeth more efficiently.

I want the cheapest
If finances are an issue, then you may want to look away from laser teeth whitening. We are talking about a procedure here and although prices do fluctuate, you can expect whitening strips to be cheaper.

I only want the best
Who doesn’t? We’ve kept this question for last because, frankly, this isn’t an answer that can be backed through scientific data. We usually tend to believe that since laser teeth whitening involves a whole procedure, it must be more efficient, professional and with long-lasting results, but in truth, it can’t be said for sure. This procedure lasts for up to a year but is not permanent and obviously neither are whitening strips.

What does this mean for you? It simply means that you must try the one that appeals to you. One of the main reason why there are so many choices is simply that none of them rose above the fray. They all offer various means to a common goal. Simply put, don’t second doubt it, whichever you pick, you’re not making a bad decision; you’re making a decision that will end with a whiter smile.



Benefits of Invisalign v Traditional Braces

Historically, in order to align misaligned teeth various types of treatments like braces or surgery were used. Modern dental technology has now provided us with less invasive and more subtle methods of straightening teeth.

Today braces are not the most popular approach to treating misaligned teeth. Surgery, on the other hand, is not usually used due to its invasiveness and the potential post-surgery side effects. Invisalign is considered as one the best options for patients, as it corrects your teeth permanently without interfering with your appearance like traditional braces or the risks involved with surgery.

There are certain other benefits of Invisalign over braces which are briefly discussed here to help you make the right decision for correcting your misaligned teeth.

Eat What You Want

You have to avoid eating a number of foods, like sweets, chewing gum or popcorn with traditional braces as they can easily stick to your teeth inside the braces. But you can eat anything you want with Invisalign as the alignment tray used in this method can easily be removed when you’re eating.

Easily Removable Device

If you want to remove traditional braces for any reason, then you will have to seek the help of a professional orthodontist. Moreover, the braces cannot be used again once they are removed. But this is not the case with Invisalign, as you can take out the aligners whenever you want and put them in yourself without any problem.

Aesthetically Pleasing

People wearing traditional braces on their teeth often feel embarrassed and may not smile as much as they’d like as they are easily noticeable. But the aligners of Invisalign are not easily noticeable, as they are almost invisible. This is one of the major benefits of Invisalign.

Improvement in Oral Health

Brushing and flossing is difficult with traditional braces, which can lead to patients developing other problems with their dental health during treatment. You can remove the Invisalign trays while cleaning your teeth, allowing you to care for your dental health more efficiently while improving the alignment of your teeth.

Avoid Discomfort and Pain

The metal wires used on traditional braces sometimes can be harmful, as they can cause sores in the mouth resulting in discomfort and pain. Depending on the length of your treatment and the severity of the issue, you may have to bear this discomfort for a long time. But the aligners used with Invisalign are comfortable and pain free as they are made of smooth plastic and are custom printed for your teeth.

While it won’t be available for every patient, Invisalign is a fantastic was of realigning teeth with minimal intrusion on your day to day life.


Emergency Dentist Services – When We Need Them?

Unlike most medical emergencies, dental emergencies in most cases aren’t life-threatening and won’t limit one’s ability to function properly. This is why there’s no clear and exact definition of the term. However, patients often feel pain, abrupt tooth discomfort or tooth loss, and some other circumstances requiring them to seek urgent dental help.

A dental emergency is thus rather patient-defined. It’s up to each person to determine if they have an emergency. For example, you may wake up and feel strong pain in a tooth. The first thing – you grab a Nurofen or a similar painkiller and wait for an hour or two to see if it works. But if it the toothache remains in place or bounces back once the drug effect ends you will seek medical help.

Pain to the area may happen for various reasons. The most common reason is a tooth cavity. You can seek immediate relief in painkillers, but once they stop working pain will be back. You will have to visit a dentist who will fix the issue as soon as possible. Another very common reason for sharp mouth pain is pulp infection. Painkillers often don’t help at all and you have to visit a dentist as soon as possible for root canal treatment and administering an antibiotic drug topically.

Another reason why we would need dental emergency is dental or oral trauma. It happens when your jaws or teeth sustain a mechanical damage. Dental trauma is not uncommon in contact sports, and can even happen in some non-contact sports, especially auto racing, motorbike racing, downhill cycling and similar.

You can, and are often strongly advised to use mouthguard, but sometimes even these can’t help if the pressure from the hit is too strong. Most oral/dental trauma caused by hit requires some form of dental and reconstructive surgery, and sometimes are accompanied with actual medical emergency.

Besides sports, dental trauma can happen at work, in traffic and during recreational activities. Children are especially vulnerable to dental trauma while playing. Some of the most common dental injuries include:

  • Dental Fracture: The bone tissue of one tooth or more is broken. Requires thorough cleaning, placement or capping materials. There are differences if the pulp is damaged too. Tooth fractures where the pulp is damaged will require a much longer recovery and repeated treatments.
  • Luxation and Subluxation is when teeth come loose after a trauma but their bonding with the jawbone remains. This often requires a splint which looks and works similarly to a retainer. Sometimes root canal therapy is needed to heal and prevent possible infections to the wound.
  • Tooth avulsion is a complete loss or knocking out of a tooth. If immediate replanting is possible, the tooth can be replanted successfully. After one hour, replanting may be way less successful. Without an emergency replanting, the tooth is lost forever and the only good solution in this case is getting expensive dental implants or crowns.