Teeth Whitening

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Have you ever dreamed of having pearly white teeth to dazzle and impress? The passage of time and possible bad eating habits can leave teeth stained and discoloured and more and more people are now choosing an increasingly simpler option to improve the appearance of their teeth. It’s known as teeth whitening and the process is a lot easier and more widely available than you might realise.

How can I get my teeth whitened?

There are two main ways in which you can your teeth whitened which are offered by dental practices. One procedure is known as laser teeth whitening, which would take place at the dental practice. The second option open to patients is to use professional home whitening kits. Both processes use a bleaching gel to achieve the desired effects.

Tell me about laser teeth whitening

For instance results you might want to choose this option, upon the advice of your dentist, where a light-triggered bleaching gel is used to whiten the teeth.

Here’s how the process works:

1.  First the dentist will perform a scale and polish, removing tartar and surface stains.

2.  The patient will then have the shade of their teeth recorded – with the dentist normally capturing a digital image.

3.  The intensive procedure can then get underway. The bleaching composite will have a high quantity of peroxide so protection is put around the gums, while the patient will wear goggles to protect their eyes. This is followed by the whitening gel being applied to the teeth and then shone with a light or laser to trigger it. After about fifteen minutes the gel is taken away and then the procedure is repeated.

4. The whitening gel is then washed off and the results can be compared with the initial shade of the patient’s teeth.

5. In many cases the patients may be asked to complement the process by using home whitening kits after the procedure in the dental practice.

dental-health-2What are professional home whitening kits?

To create a home whitening kit the dentist will obtain a mould of the patient’s teeth with dental putty. From here the technician on hand will then use this to create a replica of the patient’s teeth from plaster to make custom teeth whitening. The trays, which may be need to be worn overnight, are then combined with professional whitening gel until the patient is satisfied with the end effect, with the timescale varying.

Is there anything else I should be aware of?

Not everybody is able to have teeth whitening and it’s up to your dentist to decide the appropriateness during a consultation. Patients undertaking the procedure will also need to be aware that teeth are likely to be extremely sensitive for a short period of time following the procedure. Finally, you may wish to find out more about the cost of teeth whitening. This is likely to depend on the clinic where the whitening is being performed, along with the type of treatment used and the skill of the dentist performing the procedure.

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