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.
For a true bespoke and safe tooth whitening treatment, visit us at Ward & Allison Dental Clinic.