Teeth whitening is a very popular cosmetic treatment that can enhance your smile and the overall aesthetics of your teeth. It is important to see a dental healthcare professional if you are interested in whitening your teeth as we will be able to ensure your teeth are healthy enough to be whitened. If you have any dental problems then these will need to be treated in the first instance (cavities etc). We will examine your teeth in the dental assessment to ensure they are healthy to be whitened.
Why Would I Want To Whiten My Teeth?
If you are not happy with the color or shade of your teeth, then whitening may be an ideal treatment for you. The traditional way to whiten teeth is through the use of custom made teeth whitening trays that are molded specifically for your teeth. A safe to use whitening bleach (hydrogen peroxide) is carefully entered into the teeth tips of the tray (we will show you the technique) and then the tray are worn for a period of time. Our dentists will advise you on the best practices for whitening teeth to ensure you get the best results possible and in a safe and controlled manner. The best part of this system is the fact you can whiten your teeth while you are watching TV in the evening!
Is Whitening Safe?
Yes. The dental industry is heavily regulated and we are only able to offer treatments in adherence to these strict regulations. The gels available have been tested and proven to be safe to use for the purpose of whitening teeth. The gel works by breaking down the "active ingredient" (peroxide), which allows oxygen to enter the enamel of the tooth and in turn lighten them.
Can I Use Over The Counter Whitening Kits?
We wouldn't recommend using an over the counter product or seeing anyone other than a dental professional to whiten your teeth. The dental regulations are put in place to protect patients and to ensure your healthcare is regulated. By seeing someone who isn't registered with the general dental council, you will not have the same protection and could be putting yourself at risk.
If you are interested in exploring your whitening options please do not hesitate to call us today and book your dental assessment.