Tooth whitening can offer you a fine, glowing smile. This could be for a special occasion, or all round confidence and provides encouragement for you to care for your teeth.
Valuable benefits, from a painless treatment open to almost everyone, although taking note of the BDA video will help. The various home treatment packs on sale tend to range from inneffective, to dangerous.
Most experienced dentists can safely carry out tooth whitening, so you have secure choices. If you are one of the few people not suited to tooth whitening, they will tell you. Otherwise, you can go ahead with professional care.
A Combination Approach
A scientifically formulated gel is used for whitening, which removes stains by breaking down deposits and the organic compounds causing them. This can be used at our dental clinic, or in the comfort of your own home.
The initial stage is for your dentist to create a custom made tray for your teeth, similar to a gum shield. Alongside checking suitability for tooth whitening, impressions will be taken on your first visit.
When you return, the gel is applied using the tray and activated by a special light. The process is meant to be relatively gentle, to avoid damage, so the chances are you will need several treatments.
To reduce cost, for comfort and to place you in control, we often suggest you continue with treatment through further sessions at home. Your dentist will naturally show you in detail how to proceed.
This leaves you less tied to appointments and free to decide when the right shade is reached, normally following several sessions, over two to three weeks.
There may be cases where dental supervision needs to be more intensive, or previous dental work such as root canal treatment requires a different approach. Equally, everyone has varying teeth, as they do hair, or complexion.
Professional care is there to ensure safe treatment, tailored to your needs, along with advice at any time. This could include using a different gel, which stays in place longer and acts with greater speed.
The degree of whitening you achieve will be personal, the treatment is there to lighten and brighten your natural tooth colour. If you happen to be a tea, coffee, or red fruit juice drinker, you may see greater change.
As with any surface dental treatment, the positive effect is not permanent and can again depend on lifestyle. A range of 1 to 3 years is a fair assessment, although the benefits can last longer.
Caring for your teeth with a good toothpaste will help. If you would like to discuss ways to keep your teeth to a natural colour, including tooth whitening, please contact our friendly dental team.