Recent years, there has been a major rise in the popularity of cosmetic dentistry. More and more people are connected with the way their teeth look.
The treatment of teeth whitening is quickly becoming one of the most popular services being booked at the dentist. To help you understand this treatment, we’ve compiled a list of the most common questions asked about it.
What exactly is teeth whitening?
It’s an effective way to lighten someone’s teeth without removing any tooth surface. Sadly it cannot completely change the color of your tooth but can lighten the existing shade. Often treatment will need to be repeated to maintain the desired shade.
What causes tooth discolouration?
The common reasons behind teeth being yellow or stained include;
- The regular consumption of dark coloured liquids such as coffee, cola, tea and red wine
- Some medications
- Not taking care of your teeth
A consultation with your dentist will help you understand the cause of your discolouration and let you know if teeth whitening is the best course of action.
What does teeth whitening involve?
Professional bleaching is the most common teeth whitening method. Here at Woodvale Dental Surgery, we offer a quick and effective treatment. We start by painting a solution onto your teeth to make sure your teeth come into direct contact with the whitening agent. The solution is then left on for approximately 20-minutes and lastly removed to reveal a whiter and brighter smile.
How does it work?
The solution usually contains an active ingredient of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. As the active ingredient is broken down, oxygen gets into the enamel and the tooth is lightened.
When might tooth whitening not work?
Tooth whitening sadly won’t work for everyone. If you have porcelain veneers, dental bonding, dental implants, dental fillings then you are not suitable for teeth whitening as the active ingredient in these treatments won’t work on these dental restoration materials.
What about whitening at home?
There are various at home whitening products on the market, including toothpaste, strips and kits. The effectiveness of these kits depends on the amount of the whitening agent they include. It must be noted that registered dental professionals are permitted to dispense high levels of active ingredients in their whitening treatments than any at home whitening products.
How can I look after my teeth after they have been whitened?
Avoid the previously mentioned food and drink that can stain your teeth. Also quitting smoking can also help to stop further discolouration.
Our best tips include
- Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste especially the last thing at night
- Cut back on sugary foods and drinks
- Visit your dental team regularly.
Are there any side effects?
It’s unlikely to have any serious side effects to this treatment. Mild sensitivity and mild gum irritation are the most common issues that the client have after getting their teeth whitened. It must be noted that women who are pregnant should wait until after their pregnancy for teeth whitening.
To schedule yourself a consultation or to learn more about the process, contact the team at Woodvale Dental Centre today!