7 things you should know about teeth whitening

“Smile and the world smiles with you…” but for many of us the thought of flashing our pearly whites can cause much stress. As we get older, our teeth naturally tend to darken. However, this staining process can also be worsened as a result of eating certain foods and drinks and smoking.

The good news is that teeth whitening can reverse or slow down this process. In fact, it has become one of the largest growing cosmetic procedures in Ireland. If you feel your teeth are not as bright as they used to be it may be an option for you to let Docklands Dental brighten your smile by using the most effective whitening system on the market.

Here are 7 things you should know about teeth whitening:

1. What is teeth whitening and what is involved?

Teeth whitening is an effective way of bleaching your teeth to make them lighter without removing any of the tooth surface. It can’t make a complete colour change but it can lighten the existing colour by several shades. Professional bleaching is the most usual method of tooth whitening. It is easy, non invasive and cosmetic and it produces beautiful results.

Our dental team will be able to tell you if you are suitable for the treatment and will supervise all treatments. First a rubber shield or a gel is placed on your gums to protect them. Then a whitening product is applied to your teeth, using a specially made tray which fits into your mouth like a mouthguard.

Our lab at Docklands Dental make designed patient trays to deliver a specially formulated and EU approved whitening gel to remove internal stains in the teeth. This procedure has no long term negative effects on the enamel or strength of the teeth, on the dentine or the gums.

2. How long will it take?

It may be case that you are happy with the result of the teeth whitening after a single use and you can happily stop if this is the case. Most people on their first course of whitening see sustained improvement over a few sessions.

3. Side effects

Approximately around 80% of people will get some form of sensitivity immediately after the teeth whitening process. However, this is usually mild and normally completely gone within 48 hours. We, at Docklands recommend using the Colgate Max White gel, as many patients experienced reduced sensitivity after use.

We can also provide our patients with many helpful tips and tricks to reduce this sensitivity as many of the symptoms are usually temporary and should disappear within a few days of the treatment finishing.

4. How long will my teeth stay whiter?

The effects of teeth whitening will vary from person to person based on lifestyle, for example, staining foods or drinks like tea, coffee, red wine, wear of the teeth and the aging process of the teeth themselves.

The real benefit of a home teeth whitening kit is that if you think the teeth have darkened over time or are not as bright as they were on completion of the treatment then, you have the continuing ability to refresh the colour of your teeth from time to time as and when you need it.

5. Home whitening kits?

There is a vast range of home whitening kits available, including paint-on whiteners and strips but these are not always assessed for safety and tend to be more acidic as the amount of whitening agent differs with each product. So there is a chance that these products could damage your teeth and gums.

Because tooth whitening is a complicated procedure we advise that you always talk to your dentist before starting the treatment.

6. Maintaining your teeth

You can help to keep your teeth white by cutting down on the amount of food, drink and lifestyle choices you have that can cause staining of teeth.

Use the following simple tips to take care of your teeth:

  • Brush your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day, with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Cut down on sugary foods and drinks
  • Visit your dental team regularly

7. When might teeth whitening not work?

The gels will only work on natural dental tissue and not on dental restorations such as crowns, veneers or dentures. But don’t let this put you off from using teeth whitening. Teeth whitening procedures can be carried out following an assessment and if there are any discoloured dental restorations, then these can be replaced following teeth whitening. A treatment plan and cost will be provided prior to the teeth whitening procedure.

Go for that whiter, brighter smile – call Docklands today to make an appointment with one of our professional and experienced team.

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