Our teeth are a part of our body that do a lot of work, they are exposed many different elements that make them look a little less white than they should. We all do things daily that contribute to discoloured teeth for example not brushing often enough, drinking coffee, red wine and tea all contribute to yellow discoloured teeth. Your self conscious is instantly affected when you have stained teeth which affects our personal lives and relationships. More and more people are using teeth whitening products to improve their self esteem and improve the look of their teeth.
Is teeth whitening right for you?
Teeth whitening literally is for everybody it is particularly beneficial for people who have heavily discoloured teeth as the result will be much more visible. If you have any form of dental problems such as gum disease or cavities whitening is not recommended for you. If you decide to embark on the whitening process you should be aware that it is not permanent and will need to be done regularly every 6-12 months dependant upon your habits.
What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening usually referred to as bleaching is a chemically enhancing procedure that is approved by the British dental association.
Laser teeth whitening takes up to one hour and is extremely effective at removing stains and brightening your teeth to a healthy looking bright white smile. The way laser teeth whitening works is a carbamide peroxide compound penetrates the enamel of the tooth ridding you of the stains, the gel will only work when an ultraviolet light is placed directly over the teeth causing the crystals to activate within the gel.
Are you a candidate?
Younger people generally tend to get a better result due to the teeth being “young” and enabling the gel and light to penetrate the teeth more. People over 65 will see results but more treatments will be required.
If you smoke, drink coffee, tea, red wine and juices your teeth can be whitened but will steadily return to stained if you continue to eat and drink the same foods and beverages. You are still able to get your teeth whitened every 6 months if you wish to continue with your habits to ensure you have a bright white smile whilst still enjoying the things you love.
Are there any risks?
The biggest risk with teeth whitening is the expectation you set yourself everybody’s teeth are different and some whiten more than others. Sensitivity can become apparent after the treatment but this disappears very quickly and normal daily routines can be resumed.
Should I visit the dentist before having my teeth whitened?
We always advise that you should visit your dentist regularly and as long as you have had a visit 6 months prior to getting the treatment done you are fine to have your teeth whitened. Having plaque removed beforehand is beneficial as the gel will be able to penetrate deeper giving you whiter teeth.
Will I be happy with the results?
As explained your expectations play a big part in this question, if you have realistic expectations you will always be happy with the result. Bear in mind everybody’s teeth are different and you may not get that bright white smile of a celebrity as most of them have implants or veneers giving them the perfect smile.