Teeth whitening involves bleaching your teeth to make them lighter. It can’t make your teeth brilliant white, but it can lighten the existing color by several shades.
Tooth whitening can be a very effective way of lightening the natural color of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surface. It cannot make a complete color change, but it may lighten the existing shade.
Teeth whitening is a form of dentistry and should only be carried out by a dentist or another regulated dental professional.
Some beauty salons offer teeth whitening, but this is illegal if there’s no dental professional present, and it may put your oral health at risk.
One of the most common desires patients have is whiter teeth. When considering your options it is important to consult us to make sure you have all the facts and understand how they may affect your teeth and mouth.
Tooth Whitening is either the restoration of a natural tooth shade or whitening beyond the natural shade. Brushing and flossing are everyday ways to keep your teeth bright, white, and healthy. Still, you might feel like your smile is lacking some sparkle or is more yellow than it used to be, then you’re not alone. To improve smile most people would like to have whiter teeth.
There are numerous options available when it comes to whitening teeth – However, it is important to remember that before trying anything, patients should consider whether the treatment is safe, approved and conducted correctly in clinical environment, by a registered and experienced Dentist.
It is also worth bearing in mind that, while teeth whitening is completely safe when conducted properly, it can lead to temporary sensitivity to temperature, pressure, and touch, as well as temporary gum irritation. With that in mind, it’s important for you to visit us to assess the status of your teeth and gums prior to the treatment.
Why would I need my teeth whitened?
There are a number of reasons why you might get your teeth whitened. Everyone is different; and just as our hair and skin colour vary, so do our teeth. Very few people have brilliant-white teeth, and our teeth can also become more discoloured as we get older.
Your teeth can also be stained on the surface by food and drinks such as tea, coffee, red wine and blackcurrant. Smoking can also stain teeth.
‘Calculus’ or tartar can also affect the color of your teeth. Some people may have staining under the surface, which can be caused by certain antibiotics or by tiny cracks in the teeth which take up stains.
How can I look after my teeth once they have been whitened?
You can help to keep your teeth white by cutting down on the amount of food and drinks you have that can stain teeth. Don’t forget, stopping smoking can also help prevent discoloration and staining.
We recommend the following tips to take care of your teeth:
- Brush your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day, with a fluoride toothpaste.
- Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks.
- Visit our clinic regularly, at least once in six months.
When it comes to teeth whitening, you may see many different methods featured online and in magazines—from oil pulling to charcoal and even turmeric.
It’s no surprise that DIY whitening is top of mind, either. When survey was conducted by a well-known research institute that they’d most like to improve their smile, the most common response was whiter teeth.
Healthy smiles come in many shades, though it’s tempting to think ingredients in our own kitchens could hold the key to a brighter smile. Still, just because a method is natural doesn’t mean it’s healthy. In fact, DIY whitening can do more harm than good to your teeth.