Teeth Whitening Dublin – Here’s everything you ever wanted to know about teeth whitening.
Things have changed quite a bit over the last 2 years when it comes to brightening your smile!
Laser tooth whitening has become a thing of the past, changes to the law limit the amount of hydrogen perioxide to 6% and now only a dentist can dispense this to you.
For patient this means the safest and most effective way to whiten your smile is to use a home whitening kit, with specially made trays to deliver the whitening gel to the right areas and protect your tissues.
Why Whiten Teeth?
Your smile can make a huge difference to your confidence and self esteem. As we get older our teeth naturally darken and this can be affected by various factors, however this process can be accelerated with staining foods and drinks. Over time you may feel that your teeth are not as bright as they used to be and after undergoing a cleaning to remove ant stains on the outside of your teeth, it may be suitable for you to brighten your smile by using a specially designed Home Whitening Kit.
How Does it Work?
A home teeth whitening is an easy, non invasive, cosmetic treatment which produces beautiful results. Our technicians make specially designed trays to deliver a specially formulated whitening gel to remove stains that have built up over years. This has been proven to have no long term negative effects on the enamel of teeth, on the dentine of teeth or the gums.
Frequently Asked Questions –
1. How white will my teeth go at the end of the treatment?
This depends on a number of factors and results will vary between patients. Generally speaking, we will get your teeth to as white as they were when you were a teenager (sometimes whiter). Our system will get your teeth to as white as they will naturally go. We expect an improvement of 3-4 shades from any treatment. We take an initial shade of your teeth to show the difference at the end of treatment.
2. How soon will I see results?
Some people get the result they want after 1 session, while most people see results from the whitening procedure within a couple of days.
3. Does it hurt to have your teeth whitened?
80% of people will get some form of sensitivity with teeth whitening. This is usually mild and normally resolves within 48 hours. The whitening gel we use helps to open up thousands of tiny ‘tubes’ in the enamel, which in turn allows cold to enter the tooth more easily. After teeth whitening treatment, it takes about 24 hours for these tubes to close and during this time people may have some sensitivity to cold foods/drinks.
4. Will the teeth remain permanently white?
No. Results will generally last for 1 to 2 years, sometimes longer. This will vary due to lifestyle (e.g. drinking lots of tea or coffee), wear and tear and aging. The idea of a home whitening system is that if you feel the teeth have become darker over a period of time, then the effect can be improved again by using the kit from time to time.
5. Is the process harmful to teeth?
Absolutely Not! The effect on teeth is no different to the effect from commonly ingested foods or regular dental procedures.
6. Will the gel whiten crowns, veneers or false teeth?
No. The procedure will only remove staining from natural teeth.
If you are planning to have a crown, bridge, filling or false tooth, it is recommended that you first have your teeth whitened. We can then match the shade to your new colour.
Which Systems Do We Use?
At Docklands Dental we have searched the market for the most effective whitening system on the market and have been delighted with the Colgate® Max White Professional system. It is a professional take home whitening system specifically formulated to remove tooth discolouration due to foods, tobacco and other stain-causing materials.
Use for 30 minutes a day
Clinically proven whitening efficacy
Contains sodium fluoride and potassium nitrate
6% hydrogen peroxide
Easy to use
Visibly whiter teeth in 3 days
Complies with the Council of European Union Directive
After Care & Tips
To get the best results from having your teeth whitened, we recommend the following:
During whitening, try avoid staining foods and drinks like red wine, tea, coffee, tomato based sauces, curry based sauces etc. If it would stain your clothes then it may stain your teeth
To reduce sensitivity, you can place a small amount of toothpaste into the trays after your whitening session.
Hope to see you soon!