Teeth whitening is a simple procedure that aims to restore the appearance of affected teeth, enhancing your confidence and self-esteem.
Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures. Over time, it is normal for teeth to become stained or discoloured from the ageing process or from consuming certain foods and drinks.
Some of the reasons people whiten their teeth:
- Confidence boost
- Cosmetic enhancement for their smile
- To eliminate stains from drinking and eating
- Weddings or special events
- Smile makeover
Am I a suitable candidate for teeth whitening?
The best way to determine if teeth whitening is for you, is to have a thorough dental examination. This will determine the cause of discolouration but also highlight if there are any problem areas that whitening can exacerbate or make worse. After all, there may be an underlying dental problem that needs treatment rather than a course of teeth whitening.
Your dentist will also advise you of the best method and whitening product suited to you.
Types of Whitening
There are two main ways to whiten your teeth; you can receive a professional treatment by a dentist, or at home with custom trays and a whitening kit.
- In-Chair Whitening
In-chair whitening is done in the dental practice and it takes roughly 60–90 minutes. This method gives you instant results, however it can have a high risk of temporary sensitivity. This option is great for those who need an immediate result and do not have the time to complete the process at home.
- Take-Home Whitening
Take-home whitening kits are completed in the comfort of your own home in your own time. A custom whitening tray is made to fit you and whitening solution provided. The initial application is every day for 15–30 minutes, over a two-week period. This option is suitable for those who like control of their own whitening and do not need an instant result.
Prior to commencing whitening treatment, we will thoroughly assess your teeth and gums to make sure it’s safe. We wouldn’t want any of the whitening agents going into any existing cavities in the teeth, which can cause discomfort or pain.
We also recommend a professional clean to remove any plaque, debris, and stains on your teeth if it hasn’t already been done recently. This is to help you get the most out of your whitening.
How long will whitening last?
How long your whitening treatment lasts depends on your oral hygiene. Good at-home oral care and regular professional cleans will help keep your teeth white longer.
Diet, age, smoking, and medication can also change the shade of your teeth over time, but the good news is that a whitening touch up can be done to maintain your smile.