With Valentines day fast approaching you may be looking at options to improve the overall aesthetics of your smile. One of the most common forms of cosmetic dental treatments is teeth whitening.
Our teeth are one of the first things people tend to notice about us. If you are not 100% happy with how your teeth look, it can knock your confidence in social situations, especially if it is concerning your love life.
Is Whitening Safe?
In short, yes, when carried out by trained dental professionals. It’s important to see a dentist when you want to have your teeth whitened as they will check and ensure your teeth are healthy before going down this cosmetic route. If you have any cavities or warning signs (such as gum disease) then these will need to be treated prior to commencing whitening.
We really recommend always seeing a dentist when it comes to enhancing the aesthetics of your teeth. Over the counter kits and seeing a person who is not a dentist to whiten your teeth can potentially lead to complications and can jeopardize the health of your teeth.
How Does Whitening Work?
An impression of your mouth is taken and is used to custom make trays for you to wear. We will show you to apply the whitening gel to the trays and advise you on how long to wear them each day, and over how many days (some whitening can be over a 2 week period). There are a number of different systems and gels that can be used and this will dictate what our recommendations are on the usage.
The strength of the bleaching agent in the whitening gels will also vary depending on the exact system you go for. When our teeth becomes stained over time, effectively what happens is a layer forms over the enamel of our teeth. Some of this can be removed through conventional brushing and the dentist scraping off our teeth, but the more stubborn stains may need some help through the use of whitening gels. The whitening gel will go deep down to the enamel layer which then sets off a reaction that helps break up the stains, and thus lightening your teeth.
Book Your Dental Assessment Today
If you are unhappy with how your teeth look and would like to explore what options are suitable, please do not hesitate to call us and book your dental assessment today.