Teeth are the jewels of our smile, and their brilliant white appearance enhances the beauty of your entire mouth.
As we get older our teeth naturally become darker, not helped by diet and other lifestyle habits such as smoking, that add to the overall discolouration of our teeth. Tooth whitening can lighten the natural shade of the teeth and give you back a fresh and healthy looking smile.
Tooth whitening is a treatment option, however it is not suitable for everyone. Your dentist is best placed to advise whether the treatment is right for you and the results you can expect.
This simple home procedure uses hydrogen peroxide to bleach or whiten the teeth. Your dentist or hygienist takes a mould of your teeth so a technician can prepare a gum shield or tray of exactly the right size and fit. Once the tray is ready, your dentist will provide you with the whitening gel and important advice on how to use it. Your teeth may achieve the desired colour within a couple of days, but it may take up to three weeks.
Off-the-shelf home whitening kits are not advisable as the trays are not custom made to exactly fit. This can allow the bleaching gel to come into contact with your gums and may cause irritation.
How does it work?
The active ingredient breaks down staining by chemical oxidation, the process can take some time, therefore it is important to finish your treatment as specified by your dentist.
In addition, the whitening effect is not usually permanent and overtime your teeth will gradually fade back to their original shade. However, the use of a top up treatment will usually whiten them up again. There have also been reports that the bleaching gels in such kits may not achieve the desired results. Our teeth whitening treatment is a very effective method of lightening and brightening your teeth colour without removing the teeth’s surface.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q) Are teeth whitening procedures painful?
A) No, teeth whitening procedures are known to be painless.
Q) Are teething whitening procedures bad for my teeth?
A) no, it is in fact the opposite, research shows that the procedure can increase gum health.
q) How long will my teeth whitening last for?
a) having 2 top ups a year will enable the procedure to show its results forever.
q) How often should I have my teeth whitened?
a) A full year of treatment requires 2 top ups and will last permanently.
q) Are teeth whitening procedures worth the money?
a) yes, for improved confidence and gum health, teeth whitening procedures can dramatically improve your life and confidence.
q) How long does it take for results to show with teeth whitening?
a) It can take up to 6 to 8 weeks to show the results you want.
q) Does teeth whitening damage the gums?
a) in fact, the opposite. Teeth whitening is proven to increase gum health.
For a true bespoke and safe tooth whitening treatment, visit us at Ward & Allison Dental Clinic. Based in Ilkeston, we also serve patients and customers in Nottingham, Derby and all over Derbyshire and the East Midlands.