What is teeth whitening?

What is teeth whitening?

Frequently asked questions about teeth whitening?

  1. What is teeth whitening?
  2. Will whitening damage my teeth?
  3. How long will it last for?
  4. How can I prolong the whitening effects?
  5. How much does teeth whitening cost?

 

1. What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is an effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth, without having to remove any of the existing tooth structure. Teeth whitening will lighten your teeth by a few shades.

Teeth whitening is common procedure often used to remove staining from tea, coffee, and red wine, or just to achieve a brilliant-white smile. Teeth whitening is a great way to naturally brighten up your smile for special events such as weddings, birthdays, or holidays.

Teeth whitening is available via two methods, in-chair bleaching, and at-home bleaching. 

“In-chair Bleaching” which involves being in the dental chair for around 1 hour, and the dentist will cover your gums with a protective barrier and apply cycles of whitening gel to your teeth, which is set with a dental light to activate the bleach. Once the dental appointment has finished, your teeth will be a few shades brighter and you would often need to carry out at home whitening to maintain the results.

“At-home Bleaching” involves an appointment with the dentist to take impressions of your mouth. These impressions are sent away to our lab and used to make unique dental trays that fit your teeth perfectly. Once these trays are made, the dentist will provide you with an at-home kit containing the trays. bleach and instructions. You will need to wear the bleach-filled trays at home, usually every day for an hour or overnight for a period of at least two weeks – this will vary according to your dentists’ instructions. 

Both methods of whitening are effective, and you should book a consultation with your dentist, to decide the best pathway for you and your teeth.

2. Will whitening damage my teeth?

Teeth whitening is a bleaching agent which works by entering the pores within your teeth. 

Some patients may feel sensitivity to cold during and after their treatment, or discomfort on their gums. To prevent whitening sensitivity, the use of sensitive toothpastes before and after the whitening procedure is highly recommended. To prevent gum sensitivity, it is best to have “in-chair” whitening as the dentist will apply a barrier to stop the bleach from touching the gums.

These symptoms will usually only last a few days and then go away.

Dentists are allowed to prescribe and apply a stronger bleach than anyone else in the UK, including supermarket or chemist bought whitening kits. Therefore, professional teeth whitening is only allowed to be carried out by dental professionals within the U.K., to ensure that you are safe and assess any risk or concerns you may have.

 

3. How long will it last for?

Teeth whitening can last for years, but this varies between individuals. 

Frequent coffee, tea and red wine drinkers and smokers will have shorter lasting effects due to the staining ingredients within these products. 

Patients who regularly consume foods and drinks such as turmeric, paprika, curries or red wine may also experience shorter effects of teeth whitening.

4. How can I prolong the whitening effects?

To maximise the effects of teeth whitening, try to cut down on the amount of food and drinks which can cause staining. Quitting smoking will prevent staining from occurring.

Brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste will help keep your teeth clean and prevent plaque build-up which can contribute to staining.

Regular visits to the dentist and professional cleaning appointments will ensure your smile stays bright and white.

 

5. How much does teeth whitening cost?

Teeth whitening costs vary depending on which procedure you choose.

At-home bleaching is cheaper than In-chair bleaching but requires more effort from you and the bleaching must be done daily for several weeks to achieve the desired outcome.

In-chair bleaching is more expensive and depends on chair time required but usually only requires one appointment with the dentist followed by at home whitening.

 

If you would like more information about how teeth whitening can improve your oral aesthetics, or if you would like to book an appointment with one of our dentists, why not give us a call on 01772 335207 or fill out the contact form and we will be in touch.

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