Teeth whitening products and treatments are an increasingly popular option for those longing for whiter teeth. If you’re interested in achieving a pearly white smile, get in touch with Wimpole Dental today. Our experienced and friendly dentist in W1, London uses a range of effective treatments to revitalise your smile. We are also proud to offer the innovative Enlighten teeth whitening system - the only treatment to achieve the lightest tooth shade possible (B1).
A range of teeth whitening treatments are available to essentially bleach your teeth several shades lighter.
Visit your dentist for a consultation to discover if this treatment is right for you or not. Because isn’t suitable for those with gum disease, crowns, dentures, or veneers.
Teeth whitening is a dental treatment that should only be performed by a dentist, or another certified professional (such as, a dental hygienist or dental therapist). Be wary of beauty outlets offering this treatment, as it’s against the law to perform without a dental professional present. At-home teeth whitening kits are also widely available.
As mentioned, teeth whitening offered in beauty salons is illegal without a dental professional. At-home whitening kits also come with risks.
Whitening carried out at beauty salons by unqualified staff instead of dental professionals can result in damage to your dental and overall health, in addition to its illegality. An ill-fitting mouth tray may cause the bleaching gel to leak onto your gums and into your mouth, causing pain and blisters. You can only receive a custom-made mouth tray to fit your mouth perfectly from a dental professional. Many at-home kits also don’t come equipped with enough whitening bleach to prove effective.
Professional teeth whitening requires several appointments with your dentist over the period of a few months. Firstly, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth to make your custom mouth tray. You will be taught how to use the mouth tray along with the bleaching gel at home. Use your mouth tray and apply the gel to your teeth for the recommended amount of time over two to four weeks. The treatment time can be shortened to just one week with the use of special whitening gels that can be left on for eight hours at a time.
Alternately, laser whitening, or power whitening, is a faster treatment for whiter teeth. A bleaching product is applied to your teeth by your dentist. A laser is then used to activate the bleach. Laser whitening can performed in less than one hour.
If you have any questions about the different teeth whitening treatments available, feel free to ask your dentist. You should also ask about expected results, the success rate of the treatments, and how long your teeth will stay whitened for. It’s important to learn the potential risks of your individual case, especially if you already have sensitive teeth and gums.
Seek advice from people you may know who’ve had the treatment, or talk with another dentist for a second opinion. Only go ahead with the treatment once you are assured it’s the right thing for you. Be sure to receive a written treatment plan and cost estimate before you begin treatment.
The price generally varies. Professional bleaching is less expensive than laser whitening. Teeth whitening is only free on the NHS if there’s a medical reason behind the treatment. For example, teeth may have to be lightened due to discolouration caused by damaged nerves. All other cases must be performed privately by a dental professional as a cosmetic treatment.
The risks of teeth whitening are minimal. Your gums may burn or be sensitive to the bleaching chemicals used in the treatment. This may be worse for those already with sensitive teeth. At-home whitening kits run the risk of damaging tooth enamel.
Teeth whitening isn’t a permanent treatment. It usually lasts from a few months to three years. Exactly how long the results last varies from patient to patient.
Brushing your teeth after every meal and flossing once a day can help keep your teeth white. Avoid smoking cigarettes and drinking red wine, coffee and tea which can all stain your teeth.