If you feel self-conscious about having stained teeth, you
may have considered getting your teeth whitened. In recent years, an increasing
number of people have chosen to undergo this treatment to achieve a brighter,
whiter smile. If you are unsure as to whether the treatment is right for you,
or you want to find out more about how it works, this need-to-know guide should
Tooth whitening is a form a non-invasive, cosmetic dentistry
that involves bleaching your teeth to make them brighter. The bleaching product
works by gently breaking up the stain particles on teeth that are caused by
food and drink to make them several shades lighter. For best results, the
treatment should be carried out at a registered dental surgery, such as City Centre Dental
Teeth whitening is usually performed over several months
using a bleaching gel and custom-made mouthguards. First, the dentist will make
the trays using an impression of your teeth to ensure a perfect fit. You will
then be instructed on how to use the mouthguard at home by regularly applying
the gel over a specified time frame, usually two to four weeks.The duration of
the treatment will depend on how long the gel can be left on the teeth for.
Another common procedure that dentists use is laser
whitening. This involves the teeth being painted with a bleaching solution and
then treated with a laser light to speed up the whitening process. This
procedure is generally more expensive than standard bleaching.
Teeth whitening is not permanent and the results will vary
from person to person. For some, the teeth will return to their normal shade
after a few months, while for others, it can last for up to three years. If you
smoke heavily or regularly drink coffee, tea or red wine, the treatment will be
While there is a wide range of home whitening kits available
online and in shops, there are risks involved with using these products. Not
only are DIY kits less effective than professional treatments, they can also
damage tooth enamel.
Many beauty salons also offer tooth whitening treatments,
but if the procedure is not carried out by a registered dentist, not only can
it put your oral health at risk, it is also illegal. One of the main dangers of
being treated by unqualified staff is the mouthguard not fitting properly,
which can cause the gel to leak into the mouth and result in blistering.
If you are thinking about having your teeth whitened, check
to make sure that your dentist is registered with the General Dental Council
It’s also worth bearing in mind that your gums might be
sensitive to the bleach, especially if your teeth are already sensitive. To
reduce the possibility of sensitivity and gum problems, dental experts
recommend using a milder bleach over a longer period of time. This will also
help to produce a more natural look.
If you are unsure whether to have your teeth bleached, it’s
a good idea to talk to your dentist. They will be able to tell you if the
treatment is suitable, give you a better idea of what the results will be and
properly inform you about any risks that may be involved.
Have you ever tried Teeth Whitening? Is this something you want to do?
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