Teeth whitening has become very popular in recent years. It is an effective way to lighten your teeth.
The benefits of teeth whitening
Teeth whitening is a relatively cheap and time-efficient way of obtaining a new look and boosting your self-confidence. It is a painless procedure and it can bring back the natural, healthy colour of your teeth without causing any structural changes. It is entirely safe and legal as long as it is provided by a dentist.
Please bear in mind
When whitening your teeth, be warned that fillings and crowns will not be whitened and that the whitening process may cause some temporary sensitivity.
How does teeth whitening work?
Whitening substances make use of oxygenating agents, usually hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, to penetrate your enamel and access the discoloured molecules in your teeth. Done correctly, and if you take proper care of your teeth, the effects can last up to several years.
Whitening your teeth at home
At home, you have a few options when it comes to whitening your teeth. You might try tray-based whitening, where the gel is placed in a custom-made tray. You wear this tray for several weeks, which will whiten your teeth over time. You wear the trays for anything between 60 minutes to overnight. Before using tray-based whitening, we will examine your teeth to see if they are healthy and ready for teeth whitening.
Eating and drinking
While practicing good oral hygiene is clearly important, watching what you eat or drink is just as critical. Red wine, sports drinks, tea and coffee and soft drinks are just some that can cause staining of your teeth and diminish the effects of teeth whitening.
For further advice on teeth whitening, contact us here at Hydean Dental Practice and we can see you for a free consultation. We are now also able to offer this virtually.